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Visitors of all nationalities to get UAE tourist visa

 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2008 5:29 am    Post subject: Visitors of all nationalities to get UAE tourist visa Reply with quote

Press Trust of India
Thursday, July 24, 2008 (Dubai)
The UAE will allow visitors of all nationalities to enter the country on a tourist visa under the new rules that come into effect next week.

At present, nationals from 79 countries including India, other countries of the Indian subcontinent and Middle East were not eligible for tourist visas and could come to the UAE only on a visit visa.

''The new rules will encourage the tourism sector in the country,'' Major-General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, Director General of Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD), told a press conference here.

The new rules, which require visa applicants to pay a Dh 1,000 deposit (1 USD=3.67 Dh) and also obtain health insurance, will come into force on July 29.

According to Al Merri, travel agencies will no longer be allowed to apply for visit visas.

''Now these companies will only be allowed to apply for tourist visas. This will regulate businesses and make process of travelling to the UAE easier and smooth,'' he said.

Al Merri also said that individuals can no longer apply for tourist visas and should apply only through licensed tourism agencies and hotels.

The process of taking short trips to Iran, Oman or other neighbouring countries to change visit visas has also been stopped. At present, many people go to these places and then return to the UAE on a visit visa.

''People wanting to apply for a new visit visa after the expiry of their visa must go back to their home countries or distant countries,'' he said.

Meanwhile, visitors to Dubai, who are nationals of a selected 33 countries, including UK, America and Australia, are still provided visas on arrival. However, their visa will now be for 30 days instead of the previous 60 days.

Source: http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/story.aspx?id=NEWEN20080058494

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2008 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So what does this mean for tourists from India? Is it any easier or cheaper to get a visa, or do we not need one at all?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nimish wrote:
So what does this mean for tourists from India? Is it any easier or cheaper to get a visa, or do we not need one at all?


No idea. But I think far more important than this is questioning why we require visas from citizens of almost every country in the world. We should remove visa requirements for prople from Europe, North America, South America, Japan / Korea / Australia etc. If nothing else, make it a formality type on arrival thing.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cmenezes wrote:
No idea. But I think far more important than this is questioning why we require visas from citizens of almost every country in the world. We should remove visa requirements for prople from Europe, North America, South America, Japan / Korea / Australia etc. If nothing else, make it a formality type on arrival thing.


I agree completely. Unfortunately our govt thinks it's proving a point by a having a tit-for-tat visa policy with the western majors. Far easier would be a clear set of Visa-on-arrival rules - maybe exclude "high risk origin" folks - whatever that means to our great IFS babus Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heck we should do the same. None of this "ill do it if you do it" business, if giving everyone visas is better for our country then we should irrespective of what other nations do. Overall, itís in our tourist/economic interest.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps India should join the visa waiver scheme? If there are many IT guys heading to SFO for less than 90 days it would be more convenient for them.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks and I will apply for this Tourist Visa for UAE.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There we go: Dubai will now be the latest place for Indian Kabootars to go to and disappear. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jabeen100 wrote:
Thanks and I will apply for this Tourist Visa for UAE.


and disappear in Dubai, while you are at it.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:45 pm    Post subject: Great Reply with quote

Thats a good thing I it also make good relations among the two countries.
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