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Old Jun 27, 20, 7:42 am
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AD Residents - ICA

Anyone have any luck leaving AD on EY to go home for a bit and then getting the ICA to come back in recent weeks?

How was your experience ?
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Old Jun 28, 20, 2:43 am
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I haven't tried, but from what I can tell, you can't get ICA approval to return until you are out of the country. At that point, you join the queue of 20,000-200,000 people (reports vary!) who are trying to return to Abu Dhabi. My personal opinion is that unless you really really really have to leave, it's not worth the stress. Particularly as many (myself included) have been told that if they get stuck out of the country then they will have to take time off as leave.
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Old Jun 30, 20, 10:44 pm
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Yea, my family is in oz. I wonder how we can bring them back before school starts again in late august.

the process itself seems very convoluted.
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Old Jul 2, 20, 4:24 am
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Originally Posted by kelix View Post
Yea, my family is in oz. I wonder how we can bring them back before school starts again in late august.

the process itself seems very convoluted.
Yeah, it's about as clear as mud - it looks like there was guidance overnight on applying for a permit (50dhs fee of course) to all people to travel home and back but the website is un-navigatable...
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Old Jul 6, 20, 8:34 pm
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With DXB now open to all tourist and residents effective today, what is the status with AUH. I am still confused with all the conflicting reports in the media
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Old Jul 7, 20, 1:56 am
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AFAIK, no tourists can enter through AUH. Residents/citizens (and possibly tourists, though there aren't any yet so I don't really know) can enter from Dubai if they have a covid19 test dated 48 hours or less. I think AUH residents can enter through AUH if they have ICA approval and a covid19 test from their country of departure.
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Old Jul 18, 20, 12:54 pm
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Bumping this thread. Anyone have any data points or anecdotal evidence even? What are the odds of getting an approved ICA application to return MAN-AUH?

I'm currently a Resident here in AD and really really want to travel home to UK to visit my family, especially my parents (in their 70s) - its been six months since my last visit home...

Only seen a few very negative reports in the local media about refused applications - is there any hope out there? I have 2 cancelled EY return tickets burning a hole in my travel bank.

Flights to MAN have restarted so "can" get home, don't really want to 14-day quarantine so holding out for that rule to change before booking a 1 way, but if ICA approval has little or no hope of getting approved can't really afford to be "stuck" in the UK either!!
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Old Jul 18, 20, 11:49 pm
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I have a friend (AD-based) who travelled with family to the UK last week. The moment they landed, they applied for approval to return. One child got the approval, everyone else was rejected. Facebook groups for expats trying to leave or come back suggest that this isn't an unusual occurrence, though it seems the majority are getting approval.
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Old Jul 22, 20, 5:06 am
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Originally Posted by csdf View Post
I have a friend (AD-based) who travelled with family to the UK last week. The moment they landed, they applied for approval to return. One child got the approval, everyone else was rejected. Facebook groups for expats trying to leave or come back suggest that this isn't an unusual occurrence, though it seems the majority are getting approval.
can you let us know which group this? I have a few colleagues that left this summer for holidays and are getting rejection notices
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Old Jul 22, 20, 5:10 am
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Expats Leaving and/or Returning to the UAE

Latest chatter is that people who previously had ICA approval have now had that approval rescinded. I'm honestly surprised at the number of people who decided to pop off for holidays and are now concerned that they're having difficulty getting back in.
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Old Jul 22, 20, 11:49 pm
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So ICA have just introduced a new rule that people returning to the UAE must have a covid test before departure (I thought this was always the case, but apparently some people were banking on getting a test done when they returned)...presumably too many people are turning up in the UAE with the infection.

Article: https://www.thenational.ae/uae/gover...-uae-1.1053500

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Old Jul 23, 20, 3:11 am
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So ICA have just introduced a new rule that people returning to the UAE must have a covid test before departure (I thought this was always the case, but apparently some people were banking on getting a test done when they returned)...presumably too many people are turning up in the UAE with the infection.
A bit of a black box if your country doesn't have an accredited facility... crazy the speed at which these things change
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Old Jul 23, 20, 4:13 am
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Pre-pandemic, I would have agreed with you. But we've now had 3 months of things changing at exactly this pace, so there's track record and nobody should be surprised at this point!
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Old Jul 23, 20, 5:02 am
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Originally Posted by csdf View Post
So ICA have just introduced a new rule that people returning to the UAE must have a covid test before departure (I thought this was always the case, but apparently some people were banking on getting a test done when they returned)...presumably too many people are turning up in the UAE with the infection.

Article: https://www.thenational.ae/uae/gover...-uae-1.1053500
Same article also says those leaving the UAE to go to Europe & UK need a negative test before departure.
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Old Jul 24, 20, 12:03 am
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Originally Posted by csdf View Post
Expats Leaving and/or Returning to the UAE

Latest chatter is that people who previously had ICA approval have now had that approval rescinded. I'm honestly surprised at the number of people who decided to pop off for holidays and are now concerned that they're having difficulty getting back in.
You do realize that plenty of people are stuck outside and had their approvals rescinded and they are not residents who popped on holidays now, but travelled way back in February or March for a few days ?
Many are lower income workers who travel for a few months vacation once 2 or 3 years, and now may lose their residence visas as the relaxed measures allowed by UAE in April were all rescinded , and now if their period outside exceeds 6 months, their visas will get cancelled

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