UAE Introduces New Visa Category to Assist Stranded Sudanese Nationals

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has launched the Crisis & Disaster Countries Visa, granting Sudanese citizens a one-year temporary residence permit. This visa aims to assist Sudanese nationals facing challenges, allowing them to seek refuge, rebuild their lives, and access necessary support.

In a significant move aimed at providing relief to Sudanese nationals facing hardship and uncertainty, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has introduced a new visa category.

The ‘Crisis & Disaster Countries Visa’ offers a one-year temporary residence permit to Sudanese citizens, allowing them to seek refuge, rebuild their lives, and access essential support during times of distress.

What is happening in Sudan?

Sudan is on the verge of disintegration as forces loyal to two competing generals battle for control of the resource-rich North African country. According to UN data, the continuous fighting has killed hundreds of people, injured thousands more, and displaced hundreds of thousands while a lot of Sudanese citizens are stranded in different countries including the UAE.

Assisting Sudanese Nationals with Visa Fines

In view of this, the Al Nahda Centre, responsible for immigration matters, has officially listed this new visa option on its website, providing detailed instructions and guidance for applicants. Sudanese individuals who have previously resided in the UAE and have accumulated visa fines need not worry.


The Al Nahda Centre is dedicated to assisting them throughout the entire process, starting from the Visa Medical requirements.

This compassionate approach ensures that Sudanese nationals with outstanding fines can clear their records and proceed with the application process.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the one-year visa, Sudan nationals must fall under either of the following categories:

  1. Visit visa holders currently inside the UAE.
  2. Individuals who have cancelled their visas need to pay fines that were issued prior to April 15, 2023.

Step-by-Step Application Process

Step-by-Step Instructions for Applying for the Crisis & Disaster Countries Visa:


1. Medical Test:

  • Schedule a medical test appointment at an authorized medical centre.
  • Undergo the required medical tests, necessary for the visa application.
  • Pay the medical test fee of Dh322.

2. Emirates ID Application:

  • Gather the required documents for the Emirates ID application.
  • Visit the nearest Emirates ID centre or apply online.
  • Fill out the Emirates ID application form accurately.
  • Submit the application form along with the necessary documents.
  • Pay the Emirates ID application fee of Dh283.

3. Visa Stamping Application:

  • Prepare the required documents for the visa stamping application.
  • Visit the nearest visa application centre or apply online.
  • Fill out the visa stamping application form.
  • Attach all the required documents to the application form.
  • Pay the visa stamping application fee of Dh370.

Submit the completed application form and supporting documents.


Humanitarian Implications and Diplomatic Ties

This new initiative reflects the global commitment to upholding the principles of humanity and solidarity. By offering Sudanese nationals the opportunity to temporarily reside in the UAE and providing them with essential services and assistance, the UAE aims to create a path towards a brighter future for those affected by crises.

Additionally, the introduction of the Crisis & Disaster Countries Visa serves to strengthen diplomatic ties between the UAE and Sudan.


The introduction of the Crisis & Disaster Countries Visa demonstrates the UAE’s commitment to humanitarian causes, providing a lifeline to Sudanese nationals in distress and fostering a sense of hope and stability during these challenging times. It not only extends a helping hand but also strengthens diplomatic ties between the UAE and Sudan, showing compassion and solidarity in times of need.

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Manish Khandelwal
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