COVID19 Service Update: Travel & Visa Information on Select Countries.

We provide timely information and assistance to stranded UAE citizens, residents and expats inside the country and abroad amidst COVID19 pandemic. Furthermore, get the latest update on your upcoming holiday travel plans.

Find the latest information and news update on your travel & visa situation and get timely and helpful advise from our Business Consultants. Hensley&Cook provides assistance in re-evaluating the possibilities of your travel and visa status from select countries that may have already started with the ease of travel in the current situation.

Official websites.

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August 31, 2020

Travel guidance for Dubai residents

The following process applies to all Dubai residents flying back to Dubai from abroad, and for residents who plan to fly out of Dubai and return.

Emirates Airlines

August 31, 2020

Tourists traveling to, from, and through Dubai

Dubai is open to tourists once again. Follow the process below to make sure you have everything you need before you travel to, from, or connect through Dubai.

Emirates Airlines

August 25, 2020

UAE government briefs media on COVID-19 developments

ABU DHABI, 26th August, 2020 (WAM) — The UAE government held a periodic media briefing in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi on Tuesday to present developments related to the efforts, from various state institutions, to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to announce the latest decisions taken by the authorities to protect society from any potential repercussions.

August 19, 2020

Step-by-step safety guides

Take a look at Emirates Airline infographics to see all the measures  put in place to keep you safe and protected when you travel.

Emirates Airlines

August 16, 2020

ICA/GDRFA approval: Returning Dubai residents need pre-travel permits, say airlines

UAE residents flying to Dubai will need pre-approval as the authorities have revoked the earlier decision to do away with return permits, Khaleej Times has learnt.

Khaleej Times

August 12, 2020

Coronavirus: ICA approval no longer needed for residents to return to UAE

As from today (Wednesday, August 12), expatriate residents stranded abroad will no longer need entry permits issued by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) to enter the UAE.

Twitter: NCEMA UAE

July 26, 2020

Passengers are advised that effective from 01st August 2020 the following conditions must be met for all flights to/from DXB or DWC

Dubai Airports owns and manages the operation and development of both airports Dubai International (DXB) and Al Maktoum International (DWC).

Dubai Airports

July 21, 2020

Updates on UAE visas amid COVID-19

One-month grace allowed to visit and tourist visa holders
Holders of the UAE’s visit or tourist visas that expired after 1 March must leave the UAE within one month from 11 July 2020; that is by 11 August 2020. They can leave without facing fines or violations for the past period.

July 13, 2020

New rule: All passengers to Dubai must hold COVID-19 negative PCR test

Test validity must be 96 hours before departure from the airport of origin, airlines told.

Dubai: All inbound passengers to Dubai, including those transiting via the emirate, must hold COVID-19 negative PCR test report with immediate effect, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) announced on Sunday.

Dubai Civil Aviation Authority

July 11, 2020

The UAE cabinet issued a number of amendments to the decisions issued recently in the identity and nationality sector

Twitter: GDRFA DUBAI

July 7, 2020

Dubai reopens to tourists with special stickers stamped on passports

Starting today, Dubai is all set to welcome visitors from around the world with the highest standards of health and safety, in line with international protocols. 

The combined efforts of the UAE’s leadership, government and tourism sector stakeholders, as well as Dubai Airports, Emirates Airlines and flydubai, have resulted in the World Travel and Tourism Council recognizing Dubai as a safe destination, giving the city a Safe Travels stamp.

Twitter: HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum

July 6, 2020

Dubai All Set to Welcome Tourists From Tomorrow

With strict precautionary health measures in place, Dubai Airports prepare to welcome tourists starting July 7, 2020.

Twitter: Dubai Media Office

July 5, 2020

Emirates’ airplanes can filter 99.97% of viruses on board

Did you know that all Emirates’ aircraft are fitted with advanced HEPA cabin air filters which are proven to filter out 99.97% of viruses on board?

Twitter: Emirates Airline

July 3, 2020

Flying Out to Abu Dhabi

If you’re travelling into Abu Dhabi from another Emirate, a negative COVID-19 test from the past 48 hours must be presented to enter.

Twitter: Etihad Airways

July 3, 2020

UAE citizens and residents are now able to travel.

The United Arab Emirates, represented by the National Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, has today announced that all citizens and residents in the UAE are now able to travel in accordance with the health preventive and precautionary requirements enforced within the UAE’s airports and the destinations’ regulations.

NCEMA UAE

June 27, 2020

Ministry of External Affairs of India Announces COVID-19 Flight Updates

Details of Vande Bharat Mission list of flights as announced by the Ministry of External Affairs can be viewed from this link.

Ministry of External Affairs. Government of India

June 28, 2020

Key guidelines for all returning #UAE residents with valid permits.

The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority and the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship share guidance for residents returning to the UAE starting 1st July.

All returning residents must complete a COVID-19 pre-examination at an accredited laboratory. As part of the first phase, accredited laboratories are currently found in 106 cities across 17 countries worldwide.

NCEMA UAE

June 24, 2020

UAE announces completion of National Disinfection Programme starting today

The United Arab Emirates today announced the completion of the National Disinfection Programme, effective today Wednesday.

This came at the UAE government’s regular media briefing wherein Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi, official spokesperson of the UAE Government, Dr Saif Dhaheri, the Spokesperson of the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), and Dr. Farida Al Hosani, official spokesperson for the UAE health sector, provided an update on COVID-19 related developments and the measures taken to reduce its impact.

June 22, 2020

Returning Dubai residents must use the new procedure by GDRFA online application system.

The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) announced a new system to facilitate the return of Dubai residents stranded abroad. Yesterday, June 22 Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management had announced that the emirate’s airports would start receiving residents and must still need to adhere to standard COVID19 protocols. Residents should book their tickets only after getting approval from the GDRFA.
GDRFA Dubai

June 21, 2020

Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management announces new air travel protocols for Dubai citizens, residents and visitors

The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management announced that Dubai residents will be able to return to the emirate from Monday, June 22, and are now permitted to travel abroad from Tuesday, June 23.

They also revealed that they will begin welcoming tourists from July 7. This new announcement applies however to Dubai residence visa holders, there is no update for other Emirates yet.

Government of Dubai Media Office

June 16, 2020

UAE Government: The UAE announces permission for select categories of UAE citizens and residents to travel to select countries from the 23rd of June

There will be three categories which travel destinations have been classified:

  1. No risk countries or considered not dangerous to travel
  2. Medium-risk destinations
  3. High-risk destinations

Under medium risk categories, traveller’s or limited specific group will be allowed to travel, in cases such as emergency situations, with medical reasons or visiting family of first degree, or for military, diplomatic and official missions.

UAE National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority

June 7, 2020

Entry permit needed for expatriate residents to return to the UAE

Application for UAE Entry Permit Made Possible with Hensley&Cook Services and by Following These Essential Requirements

In line with the goal to streamline the safe return of UAE residents who have been stuck outside the country amid the COVID19 outbreak, the UAE government recently announced its latest service.

Beginning from June 1, valid holders of UAE residence visas can now apply for resident’s entry permits. A dedicated portal was launched for residents to apply and obtain entry to the UAE. However, due to the volume of applications received it is strongly advised to secure an approval first prior to booking travel tickets.

The United Arab Emirates’ Government portal

Airline websites.

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July 21, 2020

Flights to Abu Dhabi

If Abu Dhabi is your final destination, you must have ICA approval from the government of Abu Dhabi before you’ll be permitted to fly. If you are travelling to Abu Dhabi from Azerbaijan, Egypt, India, Lebanon, Philippines, Russia or Sri Lanka, you will be required to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test result received within 72 hours prior to departure from an approved clinic.

July 20, 2020

Tourists travelling to and from Dubai

Dubai is open to tourists once again. Follow the process below to make sure you have everything you need before you travel to Dubai.

Emirates Airlines

July 20, 2020

Travel advice for Dubai residents

The following process applies to all Dubai residents flying back to Dubai from abroad, and for residents who plan to fly out of Dubai and return.

Emirates Airlines

July 12, 2020

Cebu Pacific will resume flights between Manila and Dubai on July 12, 2020

Passengers travelling to Dubai are required to obtain travel and health insurance coverage before arrival, as required by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority. Guests without valid health insurance may be denied check-in or boarding. 

Cebu Pacific

July 8, 2020

Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 certificate for specific Emirates flights

All passengers travelling with Emirates from the countries or airports specified below have to carry a COVID-19 negative certificate issued by a local government approved laboratory to be accepted on the flight. Where specified, a certificate from a UAE government-designated laboratory in the country of origin is also acceptable.

Certificates must be issued no more than 96 hours before departure.

Emirates Airlines

June 24, 2020

Flydubai will resume flights to 24 destinations, starting July 7

Customers can enquire and book tickets online for flights starting from July 7.
Dubai-based airline flydubai has announced flights to 24 destinations, initially, after resuming commercial operations from July 7. The airline expects to increase it to 66 destinations during the summer.

Destinations and flight frequencies will continue to be added to the schedule over the summer, a statement issued on Wednesday said.

Fly Dubai

June 14, 2020

Emirates is operating limited passenger flights to carry residents from select destinations back to Dubai.

Starting from June 15, UAE residents who plan to go to their home countries or are planning to go on holiday outside the UAE need to check the limited Emirates flights available between Dubai and various cities.

UAE residents, expatriates or tourists are still expected to adhere to COVID-19 flight and travel restrictions as this remain in place across many countries around the world.

All passengers flying to Dubai must fill-up the health declaration form and the quarantine undertaking form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff at arrival. Strict measures upon arrival in Dubai include a mandatory DHA test; a mandatory 14-day quarantine and a follow up test before release.

Emirates Airlines

July 9, 2020

Travel guidance for Dubai residents

The following process applies to all Dubai residents flying back to Dubai from abroad, and for residents who plan to fly out of Dubai and return.

Emirates Airlines

July 3, 2020

Flying to and from Dubai

Are you planning to fly out of on personal or business travel? Fly Emirates to over 50 cities worldwide with complete peace of mind. Learn more about our latest routes, flight schedules & travel requirements out of Dubai

Emirates Airlines

Media websites.

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Sept 7, 2020

Coronavirus: Where to get a PCR nasal swab test in Dubai for 249

Sept 7, 2020

Coronavirus: Where to get a PCR nasal swab test in Abu Dhabi for under 200

Sept 7, 2020

Coronavirus: UAE grace period for expired visit visas ends on Friday

Sept 7, 2020

COVID-19: Flying out of UAE? These PCR tests are cheaper

Sept 5, 2020

COVID-19: Entering Abu Dhabi? These are the latest guidelines

August 12, 2020

Coronavirus: ICA approval no longer needed for residents to return to UAE

August 10, 2020

Good news: No more ICA travel permit for UAE residents landing in Abu Dh ...

July 20, 2020

Emirates resumes flights to Stockholm from 1 August

July 13, 2020

New rule: All passengers to Dubai must hold COVID-19 negative PCR test

July 13, 2020

Coronavirus: UAE official clarifies rules on expired visas

July 12, 2020

Guests without valid health insurance may be denied check-in or boarding …

July 11, 2020

Time Frame for Returning UAE Residents

July 8, 2020

Coronavirus: Passengers from these 10 countries need to take a COVID-19 …

July 7, 2020

Watch: The first batch of tourists land in Dubai as COVID-19 restrictions ease

July 6, 2020

Dubai All Set to Welcome Tourists From Tomorrow

July 5, 2020

Emirates’ airplanes can filter 99.97% of viruses on board

July 3, 2020

UAE citizens and residents are now able to travel

June 28, 2020

Pre-departure COVID-19 Test Mandatory for returning UAE residentts

June 27, 2020

COVID-19 impact: 59 flights to take Indians home from UAE in phase 4 of …

June 24, 2020

Flydubai to resume flights to 24 destinations with Covid-19 safety measures

June 24, 2020

UAE’s National Disinfection Programme Completed Successfully: NCEMA

June 23, 2020

GDRFA reveals procedure for Dubai residents to return

June 21, 2020

All you need to know about travel restrictions easing in Dubai

June 16, 2020

UAE Allows outbound travel to certain destinations from June 23

May 19, 2020

UAE announces new procedures allowing residents to return from June 1

Here are the important links and forms from the government that you must know and fill up before travelling.


1. Expats with valid UAE Visa – Entry Permission Application
https://beta.smartservices.ica.gov.ae/echannels/web/client/guest/index.html#/issueResidentEntryPermission/request/708/step1?administrativeRegionId=1&withException=false
In case of web error submitting your application, you may contact  ICA on +971600522222.


2. UAE Citizens must register on  “Twajudi” before travelling
https://www.mofaic.gov.ae/en/Services/Twajudi

Twajudi is a service provided by MoFAIC, which facilitates the process of communication with its citizens in cases of crises and emergency in order to coordinate their return to the Country.


3. Passengers flying back to Dubai needs to fill the health declaration form, access it here – https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/health-declaration-e-form.pdf

4. Passengers flying back to Dubai needs to submit quarantine declaration form along with the above form –
https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/dubai-arrivals-quarantine-procedure-declaration-form.pdf

5. Emirates Airline flight announcement to your country or destination
https://www.emirates.com/ae/english/help/flying-you-home/

6. GDRFA Application form for Returning Dubai Residents
https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae/Smart_OTCServicesPortal/ReturnPermitServiceForm.aspx

For the latest update and announcement, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC)

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