Iran ferry service halted, no GCC travel using ID

By Eudore R. Chand

ABU DHABI 28 February 2020: The Federal Authority for Land and Maritime Transport has suspended ferry services with the Islamic Republic of Iran until further notice.

All commercial vessels coming in to the country are obliged to present a statement of health condition for their crews, 72 hours ahead of arrival.

The development is part of the proactive measures being taken by the UAE to identify suspected novel coronavirus cases, prevent the spread of the virus and ensure protection of the society and its safety as per international practices and guidelines.

Under the new measures, all UAE port authorities have to report to FTA any suspected coronavirus cases onboard the ships docking at the country’s ports and to take into strict consideration the guidelines enforced by the World Health Organisation in this respect to ensure virus suppression and containment.

The measure, which will come into force at 12:01 on 28th February, is taken as part of a series of precautions to counter the outbreak of the new coronavirus.

Ban on GCC travel using on Emirates ID

The UAE and other GCC citizens can’t travel using national ID only under a temporary ban by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA).

The measure, which has come into force at 12:01 on 28th February, is taken as part of a series of precautions to counter the outbreak of the new coronavirus.

The authority highlighted the necessity of using valid passports, to monitor the movement of individuals to and from countries where the virus is present and could pose a threat to UAE citizens and residents, said Wam.

“The UAE citizens residing abroad who left the country using their ID cards, as well as GCC citizens who entered the UAE prior to the decision, are exempt,” the ICA said, adding, that, “These procedures are temporary and subject to review and reassessment.”

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