Coinciding with Eid Al Fitr and summer holidays, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has urged UAE nationals travelling abroad to follow travel guidelines and procedures published on the official local media, the MoFA's social networking sites and the UAE missions abroad.
The move reflects MoFA's keenness to facilitate citizens' travel and ensure their safety while abroad.
Rashid Ali Al Dhaheri, Acting Director of Citizens' Affairs, MoFA, called on citizens to follow travel guidelines and tips as well as travel warnings on citizens affairs page of the Ministry’s website, which includes all the information and customised services for citizens travelling abroad, whether tourists or students on scholarships or those travelling for treatment.
He added that the travel guidelines facilitate all their consular transactions to ensure their safety and security abroad and to enable them to spend holidays without any problems or obstacles.
Al Dhaheri urged travellers to register in 'khaidma tawajudi' (my presence service) to enable MoFA and the missions abroad to communicate with them in case of any emergency or crisis during their travel and/or presence abroad. Citizens can visit the website of the Foreign Ministry - www.mofa.gov.ae - or use the smartphone application 'UAEMOFA', he said and added that this arrangement aims to facilitate direct responses to inquiries through the Twajudi service on Twitter.
He called on citizens to respect the general laws of the host country and represent the UAE honourably abroad, urging them to cooperate with the official authorities upon arrival at the host country's airport by disclosing important personal information if asked, such as the duration of stay, accommodation, airfare and the date of return and the amount of cash they will have during their presence in the host country, etc.
Al Dhaheri noted that passengers arriving or departing from European Union countries, carrying 10,000 euros or more in cash should disclose the amount to the customs officer.
He cautioned citizens not to travel to trouble spots, urging them to choose the right housing in terms of security and safety and avoid places where there are no such conditions. Al Dhaheri added that they should not leave the doors of apartments or rooms open. They should confirm the identity of any visitor before opening the doors, and must not leave children alone outside, and should avoid going out, especially late at night.
Al Dhaheri also stressed the importance of avoiding wearing valuables that draw attention in public places frequented by people from various nationalities. In the event of escorting non-citizens, normal procedures must be followed to issue the prior entry visa and a written undertaking from a sponsor to incur expenses of a housemaid.
He called on the citizens to keep emergency numbers to communicate with the Ministry or the State's mission. In the event of any emergency, they can also call 00971- 600599991.
Al Dhaheri wished citizens a happy and safe holiday and return to their homeland in peace.