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E-Visa service for GCC expatriates

posted on 27/06/2004: 19323 views

The Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department will expand its e-services and introduce a new facility on its web site enabling expatriate residents of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries wishing to visit Dubai to apply online and secure their visas before arriving in the emirate, according to a high ranking official. The new facility has already been launched on trial basis, Brigadier Saeed Mattar bin Bleilah, Director of DNRD, said, according to the "Khaleej Times.”

He said that the Entry and Residency Laws had exempted certain categories of expatriates of any nationality holders of valid residence visas issued by any Gulf country from obtaining visit visas to the UAE in advance, and allowed them to get those visas on arrival at any of the country's entry points.

Lieutenant Colonel Jassim Abdul Ghafoor, Assistant DNRD Director for the Executive Office Affairs, explained that the expatriates who have valid residence visas in any Gulf country, irrespective of their nationalities can now apply on-line at the department's web site where they can register, fill in the form and pay the fees online as well.

Explaining the rules governing the entry of expatriate residents of Gulf countries, he said that expatriate residents of any Gulf country can come on a 30-day non renewable visit visa with their families and domestic servants provided they hold valid residence visas and they fall in the categories of managers, businessmen, engineers and other profession with exception to the labourers' category. Under the regulations, a visitor from any Gulf country should have been a resident of that country for at least one year and should hold a residence permit with a minimum validity of three months. Such visitors can obtain their visas at the entry points for a fee of Dh100. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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