The Souqalmal team has compiled a simple guide below, to get you all the information you need about navigating the lockdown.
Do not step out, unless it’s an absolute necessity
The government has taken unprecedented measures to control the spread of the the Coronavirus, and has implemented a 24-hour national sterilization program for these two weeks. There will be strict action taken against those seen flouting the rules of the lockdown. Radars are operating round the clock, with a special mechanism being introduced to review the tickets issued during this period. The message is clear – If you are out for avoidable reasons or without prior approval, you will face repercussions in terms of heavy fines.
Get a ‘Movement Permit’ if you HAVE to go out
The government of Dubai and Dubai Police have launched an online ‘movement permit registration‘ service for residents who need to leave their homes for unavoidable reasons.
Need to travel for work? You can browse the list of 24 exempt sectors and occupations published by the authorities on this page. If you’re employed in an exempt sector, you do not have to apply for a permit. However, you must get a letter from your employer stating your commute details, and will be required to present this document if stopped by the police.
If you want to go out for personal reasons, you can choose from one of three reasons to apply for the permit – medical appointment, groceries/medical supplies, and general emergencies. If you have a genuine emergency that requires you to leave the house, you will have to add that in the description when applying for the permit.
We tried applying for a permit. It’s really straightforward and quick, and the permit takes less than a minute to come through. Here’s how it works !
Be aware of the following…
- The permit doesn’t just apply to motorists. Even pedestrians and cyclists need to apply for it.
- Only one family member is allowed to go out for essential purposes.
- You must put on gloves and a mask when going out for permitted reasons.
- Make sure you keep a record of grocery/pharmacy bills or proof of medical appointment to get your fine waived, if you’re caught by the traffic radars or are stopped by the police.
- For those traveling across the Emirates for essential purposes, note that the four highways where the radars are switched off (not for speeding) include – Emirates road, Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed road, Dubai Al Ain road and Dubai Hatta road.
- If you are confused about whether you have a valid reason to apply for a permit or not, or if you have any other questions regarding the service, you can call 800-PERMIT (800 737648) for support.