UAE to stop issuing new entry visas
The temporary freeze will come into effect on March 17
The UAE will temporarily stop issuing all entry visas expect for those with diplomatic passports.
Reported by sister publication Arabian Business, the suspension will come into effect on March 17, though it will not apply to anyone who has been granted a visa before that date.
The Federal Authority for Identity And Citizenship (ICA) said: "The move comes as part of the precautionary measures taken by the UAE in response to the World Health Organisation's (WHO) declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic, a development which reflects the high risks now associated with travel under the current circumstances."
The statement continued: "The ICA affirms that the decision stems from the UAE’s deep sense of responsibility and diligent efforts in collaboration with other countries of the world to fight the coronavirus pandemic and survive this ongoing crisis," the statement concluded.
According to WHO’s most recent situation report on COVID-19, the UAE has 85 confirmed cases and zero deaths.