Published on : Monday, July 16, 2018
United Arab Emirates has announced the new rules for tourist visas. This fee exemption will be applicable between July 15 and September 15 every year. It is expected to increase tourist numbers during the off peak season.
The decision follows the exemption of transit tourists from visa fees for the first 48 hours.
The travel agents in the United Arab Emirates have welcomed the move, saying it would help boost tourism during the summer season.
It is a 14-day express tourist visa which costs Dh497 per head and a 30-day multi-entry tourist visa costs Dh917 if the traveller purchases it online. However, according to tour operators, the most popular tourist visa is the 90-day multi-entry tourist visa, which is priced at Dh945.
The total visa costs for a family of four (parents and two children) would be Dh3,780. With the exemptions, families will have to pay only Dh1,890, excluding taxes.
Rifa Dalvi, a travel consultant from Cozmo Travels, said that the move would help residents who stay without their families in the UAE to bring their loved ones for a visit. The travel agents said contrary to popular belief, the weather is not a deterrent for visitors during this time.
The number of passengers travelling through UAE’s airports has reached 32.8 million during the first quarter of this year.