The UAE Cabinet has approved new visa regulations, which impact immigration and labour laws, transit passengers, widows and divorcees, overstaying individuals, people of determination and more.
The UAE Cabinet on Wednesday adopted a number of strategic policies with regards to foreign workers’ insurance in the private sector, as well as a legislative package concerning visa facilities.
The decisions were approved on Wednesday during a cabinet meeting chaired HH Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Among the decision is to approve the proposal to exempt transit passengers from all entry fees for the first 48 hours. The 48-hour free transit visa can be extended for up to 96 hours for a fee of only Dh50. Obtaining transit visa will be facilitated by a number of express counter at the passport-control hall across UAE airports.
Travel agencies report that the announcement has stirred up a lot of interest from customers, citing that they have been swamped with queries since the visa policy was first unveiled.
Airports across the UAE attract millions of passengers every year and a huge chunk of that are transit. In 2017, around 70 percent of passengers transit through UAE airports in 2017 en route to international destinations.
Dubai alone saw a total of 15.79 million visitors in 2017, up by 6.2 percent over a year earlier. The majority of the tourists were from India, United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.
Here is what we know so far about what the UAE government has decided to implement:
1. Flyers passing through UAE with onward journeys can get a transit visa valid for 48 hours or two days, free of charge.
2. The transit visa can be extended up to 96 hours (four days), but a fee of Dh50 will be charged.
3. Transit visas can be obtained upon arrival.
4. Express counters at the passport-control hall across UAE airports including Dubai and Abu Dhabi, will be on hand to issue the visa.
5. Current transit visa policy does not allow all transit passengers to stay in the UAE even for a limited period. Indians, for example, can obtain a transit visa if their final destination is the United States, United Kingdom or Europe.
6. The new rules are expected to be implemented in the 4th Quarter of 2018.
Source: Gulf News