Tourists unable to leave UAE will receive support says ICA

Published: 24 March 2020 - 6:30 a.m.
By: Hotelier Middle East Staff

Following the UAE’s announcement that all flights would be halted from tomorrow for a two week period, Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) has said it will help tourists currently unable to leave the country.

Those unable to leave the UAE will be granted permission to legitimately stay in the country according to state news agency WAM.

"The ICA is keen to deal with various developments arising from the measures taken at both regional and international levels to contain the spread of coronavirus, COVID-19, in a way that will ensure necessary care to all residents of the UAE," the Authority said in a statement.

In previous weeks while more flight routes were operational, airlines were carrying out repatriation flights to return nationals to their home countries.

UAE authorities announced yesterday that all passenger and transit flights in the country would be halted in order to stem the spread of COVID-19.

Data from the International Air Transport Association showed the Middle Eastern aviation industry has lost US$7.2 billion in revenue as of March 11 2020. This is in part caused by a spike in booking cancellations; since the end of January, 16,000 flights in the region have been cancelled.

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