The Emirati government now requires an appointment for those needing to submit biometrics for the issuance of the Emirates Identity Card.

Key Points:

  • Foreign nationals must book an appointment with the Federally Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security to submit their biometric data.
  • Individuals who have booked a biometrics appointment must provide one of the following:
    • Proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
    • A negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of the scheduled appointment.

Additional Information: If individuals are unable to attend their appointment, they must provide evidence and a reason for not attending and will be scheduled for the following day.

BAL Analysis: The new biometric appointment system may increase the time required to complete the residency visa process. BAL will continue to monitor changes in requirements and will provide more information as it becomes available.

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