The United Arab Emirates has amended its visa policy, making it easier for tourists from all over the world, including America, to visit the UAE and its neighboring countries.
The United Arab Emirates has amended its visa policy, making it easier for tourists from all over the world, including America, to visit the UAE and its neighboring countries. The new UAE visas are specifically for people coming to the area with the intent of traveling throughout the Arabian Gulf. These multiple entry UAE travel visas will let tourists fly into UAE, board a cruise, and along their journey, enter countries like Dubai, Oman, and Saudi Arabia. New visa policies also aim to increase medical tourism to UAE, though those changes are unlikely to affect the travel plans of many Americans.
Saudi Arabia in particular can be a difficult place to obtain a travel visa, so this method may be a great way to visit Saudi Arabia and its neighbors with minimal difficulty.
According to the UAE, the new visas will make it easier for travelers stopping between the UAE and its neighbors regardless of whether they travel by air, land, or sea. According to Travel Biz Monitor, Hamad bin Mejren, the executive director of business tourism in Dubai’s Department of Tourism commented that the new visa should have a great impact on tourism in Dubai and all of the surrounding countries. He noted that the change should have a particularly strong impact upon the cruise industry in the Arabian Gulf.
The new visa should make it easier for people from India, China, Russia, and South Africa to visit the Arabian Gulf. The visa, which went into effect on August 1, 2014, costs about $50.
The one downside to this news seems to be that the people responsible for processing these visa requests are only somewhat aware of the changes. According to the Khaleej Times, several key people interviewed in Dubai only heard about the changes through the local news. They were unsure whether fees had increased, or whether they would increase in the future.
Given this uncertainty, we suggest that you come to us for the most up-to-date and accurate information about UAE visas. We can answer all of your questions pertaining to UAE and Saudi Arabia visas, providing you with all the information you’ll need to successfully obtain your travel documents on time. The Saudi Arabian application process in particular can be complicated and restrictive. By working with us, you can avoid pitfalls and make the application process as quick and low-stress as possible.
Rob Lee is co-founder of Swift Passport and Visa Services. Originally from Michigan, Rob is an avid fisherman and SCUBA diver who enjoys adventure travel.