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Published: 2018-04-23   

Is your flight including a stop over in Dubai? Now, you can enjoy a day out in UAE.

The visa will be granted to transit passengers who wish to visit the country's landmarks and tourist attractions. The new policy aims to enhance transit visa procedures to enable stopover passengers to enjoy a day out in the country, thus boosting the tourism industry.

The visa will be granted to transit passengers who wish to visit the country's landmarks and tourist attractions. The new policy aims to enhance transit visa procedures to enable stopover passengers to enjoy a day out in the country, thus boosting the tourism industry.

Credits: (as reported on Gulf News)

Kasama ba palagi sa byahe mo ang lay over sa Dubai? Kung dati-rati ay inuubos mo ang oras sa paglilibot sa loob ng airport, ngayon ay maaari nang mamasyal at bisitahin ang naggagandahang tourist spots sa buong UAE.

The UAE Cabinet has given the green light for preparations to implement the policy granting entry visas to transit passengers — across all airports in the country.

The visa will be granted to transit passengers who wish to visit the country’s landmarks and tourist attractions.

The new policy aims to enhance transit visa procedures to enable stopover passengers to enjoy a day out in the country, thus boosting the tourism industry.

The Cabinet formed a working group, led by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, to prepare the new policy considering the possible positive effects it will have on the tourism sector and the economy in general.

About 70 per cent of the total passengers who passed through the UAE’s airports in 2017 were transit passengers.

The new policy will list visa fees, mechanisms for increasing the number of stop-over visitors, as well as ways to promote the country’s tourism attractions. 

Transit visas for Dubai are not hard to get but the regulations and requirements are specific enough to require that you plan well in advance in case you want to get out of the airport.

Transit visas cost Dh100.

Who can get a transit visa and how?

Destination: If you travel through Dubai and have an approved ticket to a destination other than your place of flight origin. For example, Cochin (India) to Dubai (UAE) to Amsterdam (Netherlands).

Time between flights: The next departure time from Dubai should be at least eight hours after the time of arrival at the airport.

Advance arrangements:  If you are a citizen of a visa-free country approved by the government, you can get a visa on arrival for 14, 30 or 90 days depending on your nationality and other parameters. If your country isn’t on this list, only airlines can get this visa issued.

Which visa to get?

Visa on arrival

If you’re an Indian citizen with a valid United States visa, you can get a visit visa on arrival (instead of transit) valid for 14-days. You could also get visas on arrival if you’re from one of the countries approved by the UAE government.
However, approval for these requests for visa on arrival are subject to individual parameters including final destinations, period and place of stay and purpose of visit. The fees for visa on arrivall may also differ.

Pre-planned transit visa:

  • In case you don’t fall under any ‘visa on arrival’ category, you can get the transit visa only through the airline that you’re travelling with.
  • In this case, you may be required to also have a hotel reservation confirmation with you.
  • If your trip is through a travel agency, the agency could also help you get the visa, but all visas are routed through the airline.
  • Pre-plan the visit and get a visa issued before the date of travel, also remembering that this visa is only valid for use for 14 days from date of issue.
  • Once you enter the country, the visa gives you 96 hours to roam about freely before reporting for your flight out.
  • You will have to submit colour passport copies, two photographs and the visa fee of Dh100 to get the visa.

Disclaimer: This is only a guide. Provisions for transit visas may change or be amended without prior notice.

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