COVID-19: ICA pre-entry approval required

17 Aug 21

The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) recently announced that valid residency visa holders traveling from restricted countries must apply for pre-entry approval.

Key Points:

  • All valid residency visa holders traveling from restricted countries must apply for pre-entry approval on the ICA website.
    • Dubai residents must obtain entry approval from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs.
  • To be eligible for pre-entry approval, individuals must have:
    • Received their full vaccination in the UAE.
    • Had 14 days pass since the last dose was administered.
    • Obtained a vaccination certificated approved by UAE official authorities.
  • Individuals are exempt from the vaccination requirements if they are:
    • Medical personnel working in the country.
    • Residents working in education.
    • Students in the UAE.
    • Workers in the federal or local government.
    • Completing medical treatment in the UAE or in need of humanitarian considerations.

Additional Information: Travelers must have a negative COVID-19 test certificate with QR code linked to the original results. The test must have been conducted within 48 hours of departure at an approved laboratory. Pre-entry approval is mandatory is mandatory to return to any airport in the UAE besides Dubai. More information for Dubai’s entry requirements can be found here.

BAL Analysis: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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