Abu Dhabi presents brand-new ‘visa on arrival’
By Wam|Updated: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Abu Dhabi: The Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Airports, Etihad Airways and the Abu Dhabi General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs, revealed today the launch of a brand-new visa counter to help with the visa application procedure and grant both transit and getting here passengers visas to Abu Dhabi within 15 to 30 minutes.
The brand-new service, situated at the Terminal 3 transit location at Abu Dhabi International Airport, AUH, consists of activation of the brand-new four-day, or 96-hour, transit visa for all citizenships taking a trip through Abu Dhabi International Airport.
The launch of the brand-new visa counter becomes part of the ‘Life in Abu Dhabi’ effort, in assistance of the Enriching Tourist Experience. Developed in May 2017 as part of the Government Services Office at Abu Dhabi Executive Office, Life in Abu Dhabi is a yearly event targeted at establishing a variety of public sector services for the federal government of Abu Dhabi.
The brand-new counter will release numerous kinds of objective and traveler visas offered to visitors who do not fall under the existing visa upon arrival plan. Passengers can now approach the visa counter in T3 to get, and get the pertinent visa within an optimal 30 minutes.
In addition, the visa counter is now releasing the brand-new 96 hour transit visa, which is a crucial part of Abu Dhabi’s continuous efforts to bring in more visitors to the capital. This job is being collectively executed by a number of celebrations consisting of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, Abu Dhabi Airports, General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs – Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways and Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi.
The visa, which costs AED 300, can be utilized by passengers with prepared journeys from AUH, or with intermediate flights through Abu Dhabi en path to their location if their stopover goes beyond 4 hours. The transit visa can be looked for both at the brand-new visa counter on arrival, or through the online designated website, offered passengers satisfy the application requirements. If they are preparing to extend their stay in the capital, visitors can likewise ask for to alter their transit visa to a traveler visa at the airport.
Brigadier Mansour Ahmed Ali Al Dhaheri, Director-General of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, stated his department had actually helped with the registration procedure for tourist business and held a number of workshops for entities and business operating in the tourist sector.
He stated, “The launch of the brand-new entry visa system reinforces the nation’s efforts to keep its local management and position on the international map in the fields of education, economy and tourist.”
Abdul Majeed Al Khoori, Acting Chief Executive Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, stated, “The 96 hour visa will contribute to draw in the a great deal of transfer passengers to experience Abu Dhabi and its large offerings throughout their stopover.”
Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director-General, Department of Culture and Tourism, stated, “The visa counter at AUH will even more boost the traveler experience when going to Abu Dhabi. In addition, the recently released 96 hour transit visa will assist in the guest experience of over 15 million (according to 2016 numbers) visitors who move through our airport every year. We can now process their ask for a transit visa in simply 30 minutes.”
The relocation is anticipated to drive a boost in the variety of hotel visitors from around the globe to all 3 areas of Abu Dhabi. October 2017 figures exposed an 18 percent boost in visitor numbers compared with the very same month in 2015, with 418,883 international and domestic visitors signing in to among the Emirate’s 163 hotels or hotel homes. October’s increase has actually kept the Emirate’s 8 percent boost throughout the years in regards to the varieties of hotel visitors, and this number is on track to go beyond the 2016 overall of 4.4 million visitors.