All You Need to Know about ICA & GDRFA

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is an unending world of opportunities for thousands of people from across the world including job seekers and business aspirants. After the recent suspension of travel, the UAE is slowly opening its gates to visitors.

However, the entry requirements and rules are still in place to curb the spread of COVID-19. If you are planning to travel to the UAE for the first time, you may need to familiarize yourself with two key authorities which are tasked with regulating entry/exit of travellers to and from the UAE.

ICA

The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, known as the ICA, offers identity services such as visa issuance, entry permits, residency permits, passport services and issuance of other identification cards.

For non-UAE residents travelling from certain countries, obtaining approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) is mandatory for entering the UAE.

GDRFA

The General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs or GDRFA is part of the UAE’s Ministry of Interior which is tasked with regulating the entry/exit of travelers to the Emirate of Dubai.

If you are a holder of a Dubai residence visa, GDRFA approval is required for your return to Dubai in addition to the ICA approval.

UAE-bound travellers from India need mandatory approvals from ICA and GDRFA (if entering Dubai).

Learn more about ICA: https://ica.gov.ae/en/
Learn more about GDRFA: https://www.gdrfad.gov.ae/en
Know UAE travel requirements: https://blog.airindiaexpress.in/india-uae-travel-update/

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