Coronavirus update: info for valid UAE residence visa holders

September 17, 2020

Latest update on the GDRFA requirements on visa status post Covid-19.

What happens if you have a residence visa and are currently overseas and the duration of your stay abroad has crossed 180 days? There have been many changes and conflicting information, but we are happy to inform you that all valid UAE residence visa holders can return to the UAE even after more than six months outside the UAE, provided that your visa is still valid and not expired.

If you are a valid UAE residence visa holder, you can easily return to the UAE as long as flight operations have resumed to the UAE from the country in which you are in. Any flight/airline operating to any of the UAE airports can be used. Prior to departure you will need to apply for GDRFA approval. For more information, please see our blog or the following article.

Those who are granted a return permit to the UAE but who are still unable to travel due to unavailable flights between their country and the UAE, need to wait until these flights reopen. If this is the case, you must then re-apply for the return permit and wait for the approval.

Coronavirus update: info for valid UAE residence visa holders

Latest update on the GDRFA requirements on visa status post Covid-19.

What happens if you have a residence visa and are currently overseas and the duration of your stay abroad has crossed 180 days? There have been many changes and conflicting information, but we are happy to inform you that all valid UAE residence visa holders can return to the UAE even after more than six months outside the UAE, provided that your visa is still valid and not expired.

If you are a valid UAE residence visa holder, you can easily return to the UAE as long as flight operations have resumed to the UAE from the country in which you are in. Any flight/airline operating to any of the UAE airports can be used. Prior to departure you will need to apply for GDRFA approval. For more information, please see our blog or the following article.

Those who are granted a return permit to the UAE but who are still unable to travel due to unavailable flights between their country and the UAE, need to wait until these flights reopen. If this is the case, you must then re-apply for the return permit and wait for the approval.