Published on : Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Abu Dhabi International Airport has launched a new visa counter at the airport to facilitate the visa application process for both transit and arriving passengers to the UAE capital. The authorities have announced that passengers can get tourist visas within 15 to 30 minutes from this counter.
The new service is located at the Terminal 3 transit area at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) where passengers can get the activation of the new four-day, or 96-hour, transit visa for all nationalities travelling through Abu Dhabi International Airport.
The announcement was jointly made by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, along with Abu Dhabi Airports, Etihad Airways and General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs – Abu Dhabi. According to this new initiative, this has been done in support of the Enriching Tourist Experience. Established in May 2017 as part of the Government Services Office at Abu Dhabi Executive Office, Life in Abu Dhabi is an annual gathering aimed at developing a number of public sector services for the government of Abu Dhabi.
Brigadier Mansour Ahmed Ali Al Dhaheri, Director-General of Residency and Foreigners Affairs – Abu Dhabi said that the launch of the new entry visa system strengthens the country’s efforts to maintain its regional leadership and position on the global map in the fields of tourism, economy and education.
This Dh300 visa can be used by the tourists for planned trips from Abu Dhabi or with intermediate flights through Abu Dhabi en route to their destination if their layover exceeds four hours. Earlier, the transit visa was available for citizens of some specified countries while other passengers had to apply though the official channels prior to their arrival to the capital.
“The new system offers several benefits including the unification of work standards and procedures, as well as equipping health, education and tourism sectors with advanced, modern laws and regulations,” said Al Dhaheri.