Pakistan shuts consular services in Dubai for two weeks

By: News Desk
Published: 03:35 PM, 6 Apr, 2020
Pakistan shuts consular services in Dubai for two weeks
Caption: Pakistan Consulate General in Dubai is taking practical steps to provide relief to people in the UAE.
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Pakistan has shut all consular services except for sheer emergencies for the next two weeks due to enhanced 24-hour movement restrictions in the emirate at its Consulate General in Dubai.

The Consulate has advised all Pakistani expatriates not to visit the diplomatic mission until the 24-hour movement restrictions are imposed in Dubai.

“We are not offering any passport or ID card renewal services in addition to any other routine services for the next two weeks or until further notice,” said a spokesperson at the Pakistan Consulate General in Dubai.

He said that only those who are need of immediate help or have any emergency situation can call the consulate for help. The consulate has also advised residents on its twitter account to register online in case they need ration. The consulate staff will contact them to provide the ration at their door steps.

“Keeping in view Dubai Government’s 24-hour sterilisation programme and restriction on movements for two weeks, all needy Pakistani nationals in Dubai and Northern Emirates are requested to register for ration online.”

The consulate general has earlier also informed the community through a tweet about the UAE government decision to extend validity of residence visas for three months due to current situation of coronavirus pandemic.

In line with ongoing precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19 the Government of UAE has extended the validity of the residence visas for three months and also waived off overstay fines on recently expired visit visas.

Pakistan consulate staff is also taking part in relief efforts and has reiterated the resolve to continue to work to distribute food and to handle any emergency situation.

The consulate has so far provided food bags including rice, sugar, flour, cereals, pulses and other essential items to around 4000 need people in UAE.