UAE grants automatic visa renewal for domestic workers, laborers, to stem coronavirus spread

Laborers and domestic workers will not have to under go health checks for visa. (File/Shutterstock)
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Updated 26 March 2020

UAE grants automatic visa renewal for domestic workers, laborers, to stem coronavirus spread

  • Laborers and domestic workers will have their visas automatically renewed
  • sixty-four people facing prosecution for failing to report COVID-19 cases

DUBAI: The UAE’s authorities said laborers and domestic workers will have their visas renewed automatically and are exempt from medical tests, state news agency WAM reported.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation and the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship said the move was part of the country’s efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Laborers will not need to visit medical examination centers while fees will be collected through authorized payment channels.

Meanwhile the UAE authorities asked business owners to report suspected cases of coronavirus, and urged all residents and citizens to adhere to precautionary measures.

Failure to do so can be legally prosecuted, so far 64 people have been referred to the Public Prosecutor for violating the law on communicable diseases. 


Egypt extends nationwide night-time curfew by 15 days to counter coronavirus

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Egypt extends nationwide night-time curfew by 15 days to counter coronavirus

  • Curfew would now start one hour later at 8p.m. local time each evening

CAIRO: Egypt will extend a nationwide night-time curfew by 15 days until April 23 to counter the coronavirus spread, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said on Wednesday.
Airports will also stayed closed, he said in a televised news conference, adding that the curfew would now start one hour later at 8p.m. local time each evening.