Egypt starts process for returning citizens stranded in UAE

The Egyptian Ministry of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs urged its citizens stranded in the UAE due to their inability to travel to Saudi Arabia and those wishing to return to Egypt to fill out a registration form with the ministry to count their numbers.

This came in the wake of the Saudi Arabia’s decision to stop receiving non-citizens and its lack of announcements on reopening and travel there.

In a statement, the Ministry of Immigration stressed “respect for the sovereignty of each country within the framework of precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.”

It appealed to Egyptian citizens stranded in the UAE “to abide by the laws of the host country, in order to protect the stranded Egyptian citizens and to ensure that they are not subjected to legal accountability on the territory of the host country.”

The Minister of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs Nabila Makram, stated “as soon as the numbers of Egyptians stranded in the UA, wishing to return are registered, coordination will be made with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, to negotiate with tourism companies to discuss the possibility of returning citizens via the same travel agents through which they traveled and to discuss their application.”

She urged stranded citizens to “register their details in comprehensively, especially the name of the country they are currently in and the name of the tourism company through which they traveled.”

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