Dubai residents required to get permission before booking holidays

Applicants will be provided with a reference number that can be used to book flights

Upon arrival in Dubai, passengers will be required to take a PCR test for Covid-19, and remain in their residence until the results are given.

Dubai residents who are planning trips abroad must apply for permission from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) before booking flights, Emirates airline has clarified.

In an update on its website, Emirates said that successful applicants will be provided with reference numbers that can be used to book flights.

The same process is in place for Dubai residents who have found themselves stranded outside the country as a result of closures during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“All Dubai residents must do this, whether you are returning after the travel restrictions or you want to fly out of Dubai and return,” Emirates said. “If your application is approved, you will receive an email with a GDRFA reference number. If the application can’t be processed, you can try again later.

“Once you have your approval, you can book your ticket,” the statement added. “You will be asked to enter your GDRFA reference number.”

In the GDRFA application, travellers will be prompted to enter their destination, as well as the file number on their residency visa.

Testing

Additionally, travellers will be required to agree that they – or their insurance – will pay for any expenses related to treatment and quarantine in the event that they test positive for Covid-19.

Upon arrival in Dubai, passengers will be required to take a PCR test for Covid-19, and remain in their residence until the results are given.

“If the test result is positive, you will be required to undergo isolation and follow the Dubai Health Authority guidelines,” the statement added.

Residents are also required to download a mobile application that allows them to be monitored during their quarantine period.

Over the last several weeks, Emirates has reopened dozens of flights, while low-cost carrier Flydubai announced that it will operate flights to 24 cities from next week.

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