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Visit visas from travel agents will not be extended

posted on 15/06/2005: 836 views

Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department yesterday denied it would no longer be extending visit visas for individuals, but confirmed rules governing tourists sponsored by travel agents had changed.

The department said those entering the country on a visit visa sponsored by individuals could still extend their visit visa for 30 days. "The rule is that the visit visa is for 30 days, with another 30 days' grace period, which can be extended to a further 30 days following a payment of Dh500," an official from the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) said yesterday.

However, the official said those entering the country on a visit visa sponsored by a travel agency could now only stay in the country for 60 days. Those staying in five-star hotels are exempt from the new ruling. He said the move was to stop people from staying in the country illegally. "We are trying to monitor the visit visa regulations and to prevent any misuse of them," he said.

The official said the new ruling had been in place for about a week. Travel agents and hotels have expressed concern over the change. One Dubai travel agent said they came to know about the new rule 10 days ago. (The Gulf News)


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