The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Government has extended the validity of expatriates’ residency and visit visas.

Gulf Today reports those visas that have expired after 1 March will remain valid until December 2020.

“A set of decisions has been taken to relieve the residents of the state from the effects of the international measures taken in the face of the outbreak of the coronavirus,” Brigadier Khamis Al Kaabi of the Federal Authority For Identity and Citizenship said in a statement.

“The expatriate residency, whether they are inside or outside the country, will be considered valid until the end of December of this year, when its expiry date occurred after the 1st of March 2020.

“Visas and entry permits for those inside the country are valid until the end of December of this year, when it ends on the date after the first of March 2020.

“All ID cards ending on March 1 of this year will be valid until the end of December 2020,” he added.

According to reports, the UAE has more than 4,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 25 deaths recorded.

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