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26 March 2020
HALAL ECONOMY

UAE eases work visa rules, to start three-day ‘national disinfection programme’

The move is part of measures to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19

The UAE, where expatriates make up about 85 per cent of the population, has reported 333 virus cases, including two fatalities/Bloomberg

by Bloomberg

The UAE has eased rules for renewing worker visas and will shut public transportation for two days as it steps up its fight against the spread of the coronavirus, according to local newswire, WAM.

According to the Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratisation and the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship will labourers employed by companies and domestic helpers will be exempt from the mandatory medical tests for visas.

Instead, the work permits and residence visas will be issued and renewed automatically for labourers and support service staff, such as domestic workers, as part of precautionary measures taken by the UAE to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The government has already halted flights, shut malls and rolled out a $34 billion stimulus package in an effort to alleviate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic

The UAE, where expatriates make up about 85 per cent of the population, has reported 333 virus cases, including two fatalities.

Furthermore, the UAE plans to carry out a ‘National Disinfection Programme’ until 29 March and the authorities have asked people to stay home unless ‘absolutely necessary.’

The move is part of measures to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19 and will involve complete sterilisation of all public utilities, public transport and metro services over the weekend.

The Ministry of Health Prevention (MoHAP) and the Ministry of Interior (MoI) urged the public to stay home except for those that work in vital sectors such as civil aviation, airports, passports, banking and financial services, government media, energy, telecommunications, health and education.


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