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Campaign to update travellers on visa rules

posted on 26/08/2003: 1406 views


Immigration authorities are attempting to make entry into Dubai a trouble-free experience by ensuring that visitors are fully informed of visa requirements. They have launched an awareness campaign aimed at making all nationalities aware of the rules that apply to them. Officials hope that informing visitors of the rules before they arrive will prevent people from flouting the law and make it easier for officials to enforce immigration rules against real offenders.



One source at the General Naturalisation And Residency Department said: "We are keen to make visiting the UAE a trouble-free experience. But the trouble is that immigration laws are constantly evolving. That's why we have redoubled our efforts to make visitors and would-be workers aware of the rules." The official said awareness efforts centred around a raft of new rules which came into effect from April this year after the Cabinet decided to reduce the visit visa period for citizens of 33 countries.



It meant that citizens of these countries who arrive without a pre-arranged visa are restricted to a non-renewable term of one-month in the UAE, instead of the previous three months. The Cabinet also imposed a charge of Dh100 per visa payable on entry to the country and a Dh10 delivery charge. They need a sponsor and a photocopy of a passport which must be valid for at least another three months.



Individual tourists from other parts of Europe who are not entitled to this visa on arrival, as well as visitors from Thailand, South Africa and China can obtain a 30-day non-renewable tourist visa costing Dh100 and Dh10 for delivery – provided that they are sponsored by a hotel or tour operator. Business visitors of any nationality who are frequent visitors to the UAE and who have a relationship with a reputable company in the UAE can obtain multiple entry visas while they are in the country. This visa costs Dh1,000 and it is valid for six months from the date of issue and allows the holder to stay for 30 days.



UK citizens can obtain a free visit visa on arrival in the UAE and only need passports to be stamped with the visit visa at their arrival to any airport in the UAE. This visa is only for 30 days, but they can extend the visit to 60 days for a fee of Dh500. American citizens can obtain visas free of charge from the UAE embassy in the U.S. allowing them multiple-entry over a one to ten-year period.



They need a sponsor in the UAE and they can stay six months per visit. German citizens can obtain a one or two-year multiple-entry visa for Dh1500 from the UAE embassy in Germany. They do not need a sponsor and they can stay three months a year. Businesspeople and tourists can obtain an entry service permit or a non-renewable visa for a 14-day stay, however they must be sponsored by a company, commercial establishment or hotel. This visa costs Dh120, plus a delivery charge of Dh10.



The GNRD offers a special 96-hour free transit visa for those who are passing through UAE airports en route to other destinations. These people must be sponsored by an airline operating in the UAE with a valid ticket. All other visitors who wish to stay longer than 14 days must obtain a visit visa in advance through a sponsor, such as a travel agency, a hotel, a company, a department or an individual such as a relative or friend resident in the UAE.



A peep at the latest immigration laws

Europe & Far East: Individual tourists from some European countries and visitors from Thailand, South Africa and China can obtain a 30-day non-renewable tourist visa costing Dh100 provided they are sponsored by a hotel or tour operator.



United Kingdom: Citizens can obtain a free visit visa on arrival and only need passports to be stamped with the visit visa at their arrival to any airport in the UAE.



United States: American citizens can obtain visas free of charge from the UAE embassy in the U.S. allowing them multiple-entry over a one to ten-year period. But they must have a sponsor here.



Germany: The citizens can obtain a one or two-year multiple-entry visa from the embassy in Germany. They do not need a sponsor and they can stay three months a year.



Entry permits

Special visas: Businesspeople and tourists can obtain an entry service permit or a non-renewable visa for a 14-day stay, however they must be sponsored by a company, commercial establishment or hotel. This visa costs Dh120. (The Gulf News)

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