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Multiple-entry visas to boost Dubai tourism

Posted on 14/08/2014

Recent regulatory changes to the U.A.E.'s visa system will have a transformative effect on Dubai's cruise sector and further boost medical tourism in the emirate. A new ruling in the U.A.E. Cabinet Resolution No. 22 of 2014 which took effect on August 1, 2014, will ensure implementation of a new visa and fees system. Amendments include a new multiple entry tourism permit for cruise passengers and a range of new entry permits for medical tourists and their companions. The ruling was signed by ...  >>MORE

MoI: New visa system enhances customer services

Posted on 11/08/2014

The Ministry of Interior confirmed the ministerial resolution No. 22 for the year 2014, which regulates the services and the new visa and fees system of the Naturalisation, Residency and Ports Affairs sector, which will enhance the development of the services provided for customers. Sunday morning, Brigadier Dr Rashid Sultan Al Khodr, Vice President of Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Interior and the official spokesperson of Naturalisation, Residency and Ports Affairs, held a press conference ...  >>MORE

How much U.A.E. visa will cost after increase

Posted on 01/08/2014

Effective on Friday, the employment visa for a worker sponsored by governmental bodies will cost Dh200 per year, while the visa charge for workers employed by the private sector or free zones will be Dh250 per year. A new visa fee structure signed by Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, states that the residence visa for an investor or partner will cost Dh250 per year. The residence visa for a family member of a worker employed by ...  >>MORE

New U.A.E. entry visa fee from August 2014

Posted on 29/07/2014

The General Directorates of Residency and Foreign Affairs at the Ministry of Interior has completed its technical and services preparations to ensure a flexible implementation of the new visa and fees system across the naturalisation, residency and ports affairs sector. The system will be effective August beginning, by virtue of the Cabinet`s resolution number 22 for the year 2014, regarding the organisation and development of the services at the MoI`s naturalisation, residency and ports ...  >>MORE

MoI to implement new visa, fees system

Posted on 26/07/2014

The General Directorates of Residency and Foreign Affairs at the Ministry of Interior completed its technical and services preparations to ensure a flexible implementation of the new visa and fees system across the naturalisation, residency and ports affairs sector. 

The aforementioned system will be applicable as of the beginning of August, by virtue of the Cabinet's resolution number 22 for the year 2014, regarding the organisation and development of the services at the MoI's ...  >>MORE

Dubai launches new immigration smart service

Posted on 27/06/2014

Dubai launches new immigration smart service The Dubai immigration authorities on Thursday unveiled a package of new smart services which Emiratis, residents and companies can have access to via smart phones and tablets. A top official said the move is in line with the smart government drive initiated by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai in May 2013. "The move is aimed to make government services available on ...  >>MORE

NO increase in minimum salary requirement for residence visa sponsorship of family members: Al Marri denies

Posted on 05/05/2014

There is no increase in minimum salary requirement for residence visa sponsorship of family members, Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director of General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai, has emphasised, categorically denying reports in section of local English media about the issue. 'All branches of the General Directorate in Dubai are still receiving applications from clients smoothly and there are no new restrictions in that respect,' Major General Al Marri ...  >>MORE

UAE ministry announces new visa for Turkey

Posted on 18/03/2014

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has advised Emiratis holding ordinary passports that it is necessary to obtain electronic visas for entry into Turkey, which comes into effect from April 10. Ahmad Alham Saeed Al Daheri, Director of Consular Services in the ministry, said that the new system for Turkey's visas, which came into effect on April 17, 2013, required travellers to obtain new electronic visas instead of the previous sticker visas that were issued at the Turkish borders, adding that the ...  >>MORE

UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces new visa exemptions for EU countries

Posted on 06/03/2014

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced yesterday that citizens of 13 European Union member states, who hold ordinary passports, will be exempted from the need to acquire pre-entry visas to the UAE with effect from 22nd March, 2014, in implementation of the decision taken by the UAE Cabinet in this regard. The countries are: Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Hungary, Latvia, Estonia, Malta, Cyprus, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria. As a result of the above ...  >>MORE

MoFA issues guide to create "electronic travel document" for travel to United Kingdom

Posted on 10/01/2014

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a guide to creating an "electronic travel document" for those wishing to travel to the United Kingdom within the framework of the ministry's keenness to facilitate the procedures of travelling for citizens. Ahmed Alham Saeed Al Dhahiri, Director of Consular Services in the Ministry, said yesterday that the guide includes a detailed explanation of the stages of creating the electronic document through the creation of a new and permanent user account, ...  >>MORE

E-Gate registration begins at Capital’s mall

Posted on 08/01/2014

Registration process for the Electronic Ports' Project (E-Gate) for citizens of the UAE and the GCC, in addition to residents and individuals who have an entry visa, began at Galleria Shopping Centre in Abu Dhabi (Galleria Mall) on Sunday and will continue until next Thursday. As many as 505 people availed the service on the first day of the registration process. Registration begins at 10am and concludes at 10pm everyday. Major Mohammad Al Zaabi, Director of the E-Ports' Project, said that ...  >>MORE

First travellers use UK visa waiver

Posted on 02/01/2014

1st January saw the first travellers to visit the UK using the Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW). This allows visits to the UK for up to six months without a visa. So far, over 300 visa waiver applicants including 170 Emirati, 107 Qatari and 102 Omani passport holders have completed an EVW, with the number expected to increase during the coming months. UK border force officials have been working through the night at local airports to assist airlines and travellers using the scheme. Matt Heath, ...  >>MORE

UAE residents’ new payment option for visa at Oman border

Posted on 28/12/2013

Travel between Oman and the UAE has been made a little easier, as financial transactions at the border can now be made with a Visa credit card. Royal Oman Police (ROP) has recently introduced credit card payment in all its offices and this includes the border posts, confirmed an ROP source. Travellers now have the option to pay in cash or with a credit card for their visa, which is priced Dh200 for general visitors and Dh50 for UAE residents. The credit card payment option is available at ...  >>MORE

Another victory for UAE on way to Schengen visa-free status

Posted on 16/12/2013

The UAE was unanimously and unconditionally voted on the Schengen visa-free list by the Council of the European Union and the European Commission on Friday, said a senior official on Sunday. "The UAE has achieved another victory towards realising a Schengen visa waiver, which will allow Emiratis visa-free travel to any of all 28 Schengen states,” Sulaiman Al Mazroui, UAE Ambassador to the European Union, told Gulf News. Al Mazroui said the proposal to add the UAE to the Schengen visa-free ...  >>MORE

As of 1st January 2014, Emiratis will be able to travel to UK with Electronic Visa Waiver, says British Embassy

Posted on 10/12/2013

As of 1st January 2014, Emiratis will be able to travel to the United Kingdom with an Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) document, which allows them to visit the country for up to six months without a visa, according to the British Embassy in Abu Dhabi. The introduction of the service allows Emiratis to apply for an EVW online and free of charge without having to go to a visa application centre or hand in passports prior to travel. All they have to do is complete their EVW online at least 48 hours ...  >>MORE

General Directorate of Customs - Abu Dhabi and US Customs and Border Protection sign cooperation agreement

Posted on 08/07/2013

Following its efforts to enhance security measures and to better secure trade and travel between the two countries, the Department of Finance's General Directorate of Customs - Abu Dhabi signed a cooperation agreement last week with the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the latter's headquarters in Washington. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of a training session organised by the General Directorate of Customs - Abu Dhabi and in collaboration with CBP in Washington. Saeed ...  >>MORE

Passport and Visa reminder initiative "Remember" to be launched in Abu Dhabi today

Posted on 06/05/2013

In a joint effort, The General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) and the Directorate of Naturalisation (DNRAD) in Abu Dhabi will launch tomorrow the "Remember" initiative aimed at both nationals and residents as a reminder to verify expiration dates on passports and residencies to ensure a timely legal renewal, as well as preserve them as important official documents from damage or loss. A GDRFA official stated that this initiative, launched and applied in Abu Dhabi, ...  >>MORE

UAE citizens can enter Swaziland without a visa

Posted on 27/04/2013

No visa is required for UAE citizens traveling to the Kingdom of Swaziland, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced yesterday. Ahmed Saeed Al Dhaheri, Director of Consular Services at the Ministry, said they had received a visa waiver note from the embassy of Swaziland in the UAE. ...  >>MORE

Greece supports visa-waiver for UAE nationals

Posted on 18/03/2013

Greece has repeatedly and strongly supported and championed for exempting the UAE nationals from the need to obtain a Schengen Visa, the embassy of Greece said in a statement yesterday. "Greece is committed to continue playing a protagonistic role in this matter, until a positive outcome is reached and a Schengen visa-free regime for UAE citizens is in place," it added. In this regard, the Foreign Minister of Greece Dimitris Avramopoulos sent a letter to the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs ...  >>MORE

Spain: Schengen exemption for UAE nationals could lead to a boom in tourist activity

Posted on 01/03/2013

As Germany reaffirms its deep relations with the UAE, lately embodied in the decision to exempt all UAE nationals from the Schengen visa, Spain follows suite in what could be a diplomatic success for the state thanks to the efforts of UAE foreign ministry under the leadership of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister. A successful and vital diplomacy is dedicated to reinforce the UAEs interests abroad, employing its position and location, thus staying true to the mission of ...  >>MORE

Spain in favour of UAE visa waiver

Posted on 27/02/2013

Following Spain's initial and unambiguous support to lifting visas to UAE nationals, the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, has publicly supported this initiative by sending a letter to Cecilia Malmstrom, European Commissioner for Home Affairs, recommending that the UAE is included in Annex II of Council Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 of 15 March 2001 listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external ...  >>MORE

UAE intensifies efforts to exempt citizens of visa requirement to Schengen countries

Posted on 24/02/2013

Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Butti Al Hamed, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said that the UAE is making intensive diplomatic efforts with the European Union to exempt citizens of the state of the Schengen visa. The UAE has been working on this issue with the European Union for over a year, now. "The UAE wishes to express its appreciation over the fact that its request to be included among the countries whose citizens do not require a visa to travel to the Schengen ...  >>MORE

UAE appreciates Germany's move at EC to exempt its citizens from Schengen-visa

Posted on 22/02/2013

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued the following statement concerning the initiative of the Federal Republic of Germany for exempting the UAE citizens from the Schengen visa. HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates, expressed his appreciation to the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, especially to the Federal Foreign Minister, H.E. Guido Westerwelle, and H.E. the Federal Minister of Interior, Hans-Peter Friedrich, for the ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Interior educates bus commuters in Abu Dhabi on residency law violators

Posted on 03/02/2013

In collaboration with the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi (DoT), the Ministry of Interior placed its campaign slogan ‘No to Violators' in ten different languages on a total of 25 buses, which runs on the streets of the capital, Al Ain and the Western Region. The gesture reflects the ministry's keenness to interact with community members and harness all public resources such as public transport buses to communicate with various segments of society and encourage them to help report ...  >>MORE

Travel bans can be cleared at Abu Dhabi airport

Posted on 14/01/2013

Prospective travellers flying through Abu Dhabi who discover they are on a travel ban list due to unpaid fines will soon be able to still catch their flights. The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) announced the setting up of an ‘Injaz' centre at the Capital's airport, so people banned from leaving the country on the basis of court orders can pay off their fines. Currently those who only discover their travel ban while at the airport are turned back and must go through a long-winded court ...  >>MORE

Nearly 10,000 illegal stayers left the UAE, availing two-month amnesty

Posted on 06/01/2013

Up to 2nd January 2013, 9,453 out of 20,391 over-staying applicants from 106 countries have departed the country since the two-month grace period announced on 4 December 2012, a top Ministry of Interior (MoI) officer disclosed yesterday. Dr. Abdullah bin Sahou, Director General of Residency and Foreign Affairs' Department in Sharjah and head of the amnesty media committee, appealed to violators of the federal law on entry and residence of foreigners to report to the nearest centre to process ...  >>MORE

New services to ease visa applications by the GDRFA

Posted on 03/01/2013

In a bid to ease visa related issues for companies, the residency department has opened its external offices in Dubai for companies, which was previously restricted to individuals only. External counters of the residency department will start receiving applications from companies starting from Wednesday, according to top officials. Major General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, Director General of the Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA) said on Monday that some of the external offices ...  >>MORE

DP World welcomes UAE multiple entry visit visa as a positive move for cuise tourism

Posted on 10/11/2012

DP World Chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem on Thursday welcomed the introduction of multiple entry UAE visit visas, saying it will enhance the growth of cruise tourism at Mina Rashid in Dubai and support the country's long-term strategy to stimulate growth and development in the traditionally strong tourism sector. The UAE government issued ministerial decree No. 418 of 2012 yesterday allowing multiple entry visit visas to the UAE for the first time. Those eligible for the multiple entry visas ...  >>MORE

Dubai visa services now on smartphones

Posted on 15/10/2012

The General Directorate for Residency and Foreigner Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai has launched a new Smartphone application that allows residents to make queries on visa issues. The free app will allow users to apply for visa renewals, access M-Visa services, and elicit answers for their queries on general visa issues. The GDRFA introduced its new e-service during the 32nd edition of Gitex Technology Week which kicked off yesterday. Major General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, director general of ...  >>MORE

New 24-hour visa hotline set up for residents

Posted on 04/10/2012

The Ministry of Interior announced on Wednesday a new 24-hour hotline for visa and naturalisation issues. Announcing the service, it was revealed that residents across the UAE can call the Dubai based centre for an answer to queries on a new free number. The communication and media hub will open at the General Directorate for Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai. It will allow members of the public from all over the country to contact the centre to enquire about visa and naturalisation ...  >>MORE

UAE, Chile sign reciprocal visa waiver MOU

Posted on 24/09/2012

New York: The Governments of the of the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of Chile have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the exemption of entry visa requirements for holders of diplomatic, official and special passports on reciprocal basis. The MOU was signed yesterday in New York by UAE Foreign Minister H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Chile's Minister of Foreign Affairs Alfredo Moreno Charme. The MOU takes into account the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations ...  >>MORE

No ban on granting visit visa for low-income labours: MoI

Posted on 20/09/2012

A top Ministry of Interior official has denied press reports on a ban of tourist visa for unskilled jobs. Major General Nasser Al Awadi Al Menhali, Assistant Undersecretary for Naturalisation and Residency, and Ports Affairs at the Ministry of Interior, said departments of naturalisation and residency across the country were processing visit visa transactions for would-be applicants in consistence with standard procedures. He lashed out at some media outlets which published these untrue news ...  >>MORE

Kyrgyzstan exempts Emiratis from entry visa

Posted on 29/08/2012

Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday announced that it had exempted the nationals of the UAE from entry visa for up to 60-day stay on its territory. Director of Consular Services at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Ahmed Salim Elham Al-Dhaheri said a note sent to the Ministry by the Kyrgyz Embassy in Riyadh announced that the nationals of the UAE were added to the list of 44 countries whose nationals are exempt from visa requirements to enter Kyrgyzstan. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

'No to Violators'; MOI launches new drive to combat illegal residence

Posted on 23/07/2012

A nation-wide drive to create awareness against the practice of illegal immigration into the country got underway yesterday in the capital under the slogan' No To Violators'. The campaign aims to encourage every citizen and legal resident in the country to combat the phenomenon of alien infiltration into the UAE by helping the authorities to track them. The Directorate to follow-up violations and foreigners affairs set up by the Ministry of Interior will implement the drive to educate people ...  >>MORE

Albania exempts UAE citizens from visa entry for specific period

Posted on 09/06/2012

Republic of Albania has exempted the UAE citizens from entry visa requirements with effect from May 25 to Sept. 25. Ambassador Ahmed Saeed Al Dhahiri, Director of the Department of Consular Services at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the ministry has received a memo from the Albania's Embassy here stating the exemption of the UAE citizens from the entry visa requirements within the above mentioned period. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Rules change for residency renewal in Abu Dhabi, official says

Posted on 07/06/2012

Residents of Abu Dhabi who wish to renew their residency permits are obliged to submit a valid tenancy agreement in addition to their recent residency's utility bill. The resident should also list the landline phone number of his or her residence at the time of application. The new rule was issued by the General Department of Naturalisation and Foreign Affairs in Abu Dhabi and it covers all the applicants for renewal of residency permits in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as of June 1, 2012, ...  >>MORE

New Smart e-Gate ‘will speed passenger flow

Posted on 28/05/2012

The new Smart e-Gate system, installed across all Dubai International's immigration entry and exit points is easy to use, fast and efficient, according to a senior official from Dubai residency department. Colonel Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi, Director-General of the e-Services sector at the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai, told Gulf News yesterday the Smart e-gate is a new technology that allows a faster and more convenient movement of the growing number ...  >>MORE

Cruise tourists to get multiple entry visa

Posted on 28/05/2012

The plan for a multiple entry UAE visa for cruise-ship passengers is expected to be in place by September, according to an official at the Dubai Tourism Department. Currently, the visa process involves fees as well as paper work for tourists who don't get visas upon arrival to the UAE. The multiple entry visas will help in removing such obstacles and will create a wider tourist market from places such as Russia, China, India, South Africa and Brazil, said Hamad bin Mejren of the Dubai's ...  >>MORE

UAE launches e-visa system for visitors in Argentina

Posted on 24/05/2012

Buenos Aires - The UAE has launched an electronic visa system in Argentina to facilitate issuance of entry permits to the UAE. UAE Ambassador to Argentina Mohammed Isa Al Za'abi said as he launched the e-service that the system is more accurate and advanced and has high technological and security features. 'The new e-visa system is in line with sound directives and wise policy of UAE leadership for serving national interest,' he added. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

UAE ambassador launches e-system for issuing visas

Posted on 01/05/2012

Rabat - Al Asri Saeed Al Dhaheri, UAE ambassador to Morocco has launched a new system for issuance of visas which is a printing program for electronic-visa sticker with highly and accurate standards. Al Asri signed the first issuance of electronic-visa sticker and stressed that the new system comes in line with Ministry of Foreign Affairs' strategy to promote consular services and adopting the most advanced technology. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

E-gates at UAE road borders planned

Posted on 11/10/2011

Emigration clearance through various land borders of the UAE will be made easy with the help of a new state-of-the-art electronic gate system being implemented by the Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs . Aabar system, a copy of the e-gate facility that allows easy entry and exit through the Dubai airports, will help Aabar card holders to get emigration, sitting inside their vehicles. Speaking to 'Emirates24|7', Captain Khalid A bin Mediya Al Falasi, Director of IT Project ...  >>MORE

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Multiple-entry visas to boost Dubai tourism


MoI: New visa system enhances customer services


How much U.A.E. visa will cost after increase


New U.A.E. entry visa fee from August 2014


MoI to implement new visa, fees system


Dubai launches new immigration smart service


NO increase in minimum salary requirement for residence visa sponsorship of family members: Al Marri denies


UAE ministry announces new visa for Turkey


UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces new visa exemptions for EU countries


MoFA issues guide to create "electronic travel document" for travel to United Kingdom


E-Gate registration begins at Capital’s mall


First travellers use UK visa waiver


UAE residents’ new payment option for visa at Oman border


Another victory for UAE on way to Schengen visa-free status


As of 1st January 2014, Emiratis will be able to travel to UK with Electronic Visa Waiver, says British Embassy


General Directorate of Customs - Abu Dhabi and US Customs and Border Protection sign cooperation agreement


Passport and Visa reminder initiative "Remember" to be launched in Abu Dhabi today


UAE citizens can enter Swaziland without a visa


Greece supports visa-waiver for UAE nationals


Spain: Schengen exemption for UAE nationals could lead to a boom in tourist activity


Spain in favour of UAE visa waiver


UAE intensifies efforts to exempt citizens of visa requirement to Schengen countries


UAE appreciates Germany's move at EC to exempt its citizens from Schengen-visa


Ministry of Interior educates bus commuters in Abu Dhabi on residency law violators


Travel bans can be cleared at Abu Dhabi airport


Nearly 10,000 illegal stayers left the UAE, availing two-month amnesty


New services to ease visa applications by the GDRFA


DP World welcomes UAE multiple entry visit visa as a positive move for cuise tourism


Dubai visa services now on smartphones


New 24-hour visa hotline set up for residents


UAE, Chile sign reciprocal visa waiver MOU


No ban on granting visit visa for low-income labours: MoI


Kyrgyzstan exempts Emiratis from entry visa


'No to Violators'; MOI launches new drive to combat illegal residence


Albania exempts UAE citizens from visa entry for specific period


Rules change for residency renewal in Abu Dhabi, official says


New Smart e-Gate ‘will speed passenger flow


Cruise tourists to get multiple entry visa


UAE launches e-visa system for visitors in Argentina


UAE ambassador launches e-system for issuing visas


E-gates at UAE road borders planned