UAE temporarily suspends issuance of all entry visas from March 17
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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Saturday temporarily suspended the issuance of all entry visas except for those holders of diplomatic passports. This will be effective as of March 17.
In a statement issued, the Federal Authority For Identity and Citizenship said the decision was taken as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The decision does not apply to persons who have already got visas before the effective date.
The authority added that the decision will be effective until countries of departure activate a mechanism for medical screening of passengers as an additional measure.
It affirmed that the decision stems from the UAE’s spirit of responsibility to combat the deadly virus and is in solidarity with countries of the world.