Ever since UAE suspended inbound and outbound flights on 19 March, thousands have been stuck outside the country. The move was done in order to curb the spread of Covid-19. And now, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) has issued a new rule. All those stranded outside the UAE must fill out an Twajudi form.
However, no official announcement has been made about the same on any of the portals. But, a number of residents stranded outside the UAE brought the matter to notice on Facebook and Instagram. The Twajudi form requires your Emirates ID number, residency number and a photocopy of your residency visa. The form must be filled by everyone, including those who have already filled it earlier.
The new form requires you to mention the preferred flight for your return to Dubai. However, as many people haven’t booked a flight yet, it’s best to opt for the next available flight. In addition, you must note that there is a notice that reads ‘Do not book your return ticket until your application has been approved’.
When the dreaded pandemic broke open in the UAE, thousands of residents were stranded outside of the country. But, six months pregnant Hannah O’ Reilly needed approval to head back to the UAE real fast. Hannah works as a supply teacher at a Dubai-based school and was stranded in the USA. Hannah landed in the USA on 12 March and all was well until UAE suspended flights on 18 March.
Stressed, and devastated, Hannah made several attempts to head back to the UAE, but nothing materialized. She was later informed that she could be sent back home under emergency basis. Following this, she got a call from the UAE Embassy on 25 March, and was asked to drive down to a hotel in Washington, where other UAE-bound travelers were being housed. Hannah was permitted to fly on an Etihad flight back to Abu Dhabi. Hannah finally landed in Abu Dhabi on 29 March.