What is ICA in UAE?
The Federal Authority for Identity and Nationality (ICA) of Ras Al Khamaih, United Arab Emirates, was established in 2004 and specialises in providing identity services to UAE citizens by issuing identity cards and passports, as well as granting entry and residency permits to non-citizens.
How can I get UAE ICA approval?
Residents with a valid UAE residency visa may return without seeking prior approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA).
To get instant verification, simply enter your passport number, Emirates ID number, nationality, and passport form on the website https://uaeentry.ica.gov.ae. After entering his details, a resident with valid visa documents received the following message:”You fullfill the requirements to enter the country, and you can proceed with the completion of your travel procedures. Wishing you continued health and wellness.”
ICA Approval Guidelines to Expatriate Residents
At the departure airport, all expatriate residents returning to the UAE must present a negative PCR test result. Before travelling to the UAE, this test should have been completed within 96 hours. Before travelling, all passengers must have a negative PCR Covid-19 test result, with the exception of children under the age of 12 and individuals with moderate to extreme disabilities. Expatriate residents returning to the UAE’s other six emirates no longer need ICA permission, but they must download the Al HOSN app on their phones to enable authorities to track their health while they are in quarantine. GDRFA approval is needed for expatriate residents returning to Dubai, and they must download the COVID-19 DXB smart app.
Flying to Abu Dhabi
Via Abu Dhabi’s airports, only UAE citizens, residents with a valid residency visa, and those who are eligible for a visa on arrival can enter the UAE. All other forms of visas are also on hold.
If you’re going to Abu Dhabi, there are some additional guidelines to follow:
1) Take the PCR test 72 hours before your flight, and if you’re flying from the UK, download the ALHOSN UAE software on your phone before you leave. When you arrive in Abu Dhabi, you’ll be subjected to a thermal screening and another COVID-19 PCR test.
Except for children under the age of 12, the rules apply to all travellers. While an approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) is no longer needed to enter the UAE, you can still go to uaeentry.ica.gov.ae and enter your passport number and Emirates ID number to get instant entry status verification.
Flying to Dubai
You are excluded from the PCR test prior to departure if you are a UAE citizen travelling via Dubai’s airport, regardless of where you are travelling from. You will, however, be put to the test once you arrive in Dubai.
The need for a PCR test varies depending on where you are coming from for expatriates, visitors, and those transiting through Dubai. The COVID-19 test is not needed for children under the age of 12 or passengers with a moderate or serious impairment.
Notes for passengers arriving from:
Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives Islands, Mauritius, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States.
- If you are an expatriate resident returning from one of the above destinations, you have the option of presenting a negative result of a COVID19 PCR test at the departure airport within 96 hours of your trip to Dubai, or taking the PCR test upon arrival in Dubai.
- If you are a tourist arriving in Dubai from one of the above countries, you must present a negative PCR test result at the departure airport. Before leaving for Dubai, this test should have been completed within 96 hours. Passengers from the United Kingdom and Germany will take a PCR test when they arrive in Dubai.
- You do not need to present a negative PCR test result if you are transiting through Dubai from one of the above destinations, unless the destination country needs it.
Notes for passengers arriving from:
Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, Cote d’lvoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Somaliland, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
- If you are an expatriate resident returning from one of the above destinations or a visitor visiting from one of the above destinations, you must take two PCR tests: one prior to departure with a validity period of 96 hours before travelling to Dubai, and another upon arrival in Dubai.
- If you are transiting through Dubai after arriving from one of the aforementioned destinations, you must have a negative PCR test certificate valid for 96 hours prior to travelling to Dubai, in addition to meeting any other conditions imposed by your final destination.
All passengers arriving in or transiting via Dubai are subject to the same set of rules:
- A Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test must be included on the COVID-19 negative test certificate.
- Other types of tests, such as antibody tests and home-testing kits, are not accepted in Dubai.
- Official PCR certificates must be written in English or Arabic. Digital certificates and SMS are not approved.
- If you’re flying from India, Pakistan, or Bangladesh, you’ll need to get your PCR certificate from one of the specified labs.
- If you are flying from another country, you can use either the Dubai Government-designated laboratories or any other accredited laboratories in your country.
- Any traveller is required to fill out a health declaration form . They must obtain the COVID-19 DXB app from the App Store or Google Play.
Flying to Sharjah
Requirements for expatriate residents of Sharjah to return:
- Returning to the UAE no longer necessitates ICA approval.
- Until boarding, you must present a negative PCR test result; this test must have been completed within 96 hours of the travel date.
- When you arrive at Sharjah’s port, you must take another PCR test; if you test positive, you or your sponsor will be responsible for the cost of isolation and medical expenses.
- To allow authorities to track your health while you are in quarantine, you must download the Al HOSN app to your mobile phones.
If you are a tourist or traveller, you are allowed to fly through Sharjah ports as long as you meet the following requirements:
- a health insurance policy that covers you internationally.
- show a negative PCR test result prior to boarding; this test should have been performed within 96 hours of the travel date.
- When you arrive at Sharjah’s port, do another PCR exam.
- At Sharjah’s port, fill out a health disclosure form.
- Keep yourself in quarantine until the results of the PCR tests are released.
You or your sponsor would be responsible for the cost of isolation and medical costs if you test positive.
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