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14 mars 2020 | 17h12 UTC

UAE: Country to suspend visa issuance to foreigners over COVID-19 concerns on March 17 /update 9

United Arab Emirates Alerte de sécurité

UAE to suspend visa issuance to foreigners over coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic concerns on March 17; move does not affect ability of individuals to enter the UAE whose visas were issued prior to March 17

TIMEFRAME expected from 14/3/2020, 12h00 until 31/3/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Dubai). COUNTRY/REGION United Arab Emirates

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Event

On Saturday, March 14, the Emirati Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) announced that the country would suspend the issuance of visas to all foreigners (except for diplomatic passport holders), effective Tuesday, March 17, over concerns regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The move does not affect the ability of individuals to enter the UAE whose visas were issued prior to March 17. As of Saturday, the UAE has confirmed over 80 cases of COVID-19.

Further international spread of the virus is expected over the coming days and weeks.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care urgently and share your previous travel history with your health care provider.

 

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