new visa system in the emirates allows residents to Travel freely between these countries
Recent statements published by the Minister of Economy indicate that the United Arab Emirates is prepared to activate a new visa system over the next few days in order to facilitate the entry of citizens from adjacent countries and to allow for free travel between the nations that are members of the Gulf Cooperation Council. It is hoped that the implementation of these fresh policies will assist in the growth of the tourism business in the country.
Because approximately 70 percent of tourism in the UAE comes from international markets, the new system is designed to make it possible for residents of a variety of countries to enter the UAE without the need for a visa. This is intended to encourage tourism, which is especially important given that the UAE already possesses all of the necessary components to support the tourism sector.
It will allow Gulf Cooperation Council people to travel freely
According to what was confirmed by Bloomberg Agency through Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, UAE Minister of Economy, at a recent conference called "The Future of Hospitality," the new visa system will work to simplify residents' travel to neighboring Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia.
According to the UAE Minister of Economy, this new system will go into effect very soon, adding that the Gulf countries benefit from the tourism boom in Saudi Arabia, and that what is good for the Kingdom benefits the broader region, including the UAE.
Gulf Cooperation Council nations
It is worth noting that the Gulf Cooperation Council includes a large number of countries, including Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, and Qatar.
Citizens of these nations can freely travel across borders without obtaining a visa, but residents frequently require visas to travel between GCC countries.
Residents of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries may enter the UAE
1- If the application is approved, the electronic visa is emailed to the email address specified in the application.
2- Without the sponsor going with them, no visit visa application will be allowed for any member of the family or supporting categories of residents or companions of nationals of the Gulf Cooperation Council nations.
3- Before entry, a GCC resident's entry permit is valid for 30 days from the date of issuance, and the term of stay in the nation is 30 days from the day of entry, extendable once for a period of 30 days.
4- The entry permit is valid for 60 days from the date of issuance for those accompanying citizens of Gulf Cooperation Council nations, and the term of stay in the country is 60 days from the date of admission, extendable once for a period of 60 days.
5- If the holder of a GCC resident/accompanying entry permit discovers that his residence has expired or been cancelled, he will be denied admission.
6- The holder of a GCC resident entrance permit shall be denied admission if the profession is shown to have changed after the entry permission was issued.
7- When arriving at the ports of the United Arab Emirates, the validity of residency in the Gulf Cooperation Council state must be more than three months.
8- The entry permit holder's passport must be valid for at least three months while arriving in United Arab Emirates ports.
GCC visa fees
The Gulf Cooperation Council visa is issued by the country’s approved outlets to foreigners residing in any of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. The service fee is 250 dirhams in addition to value-added tax (5%).
When will the unified Gulf tourist visa be made available?
The formal debut date for the single tourist visa has not yet been declared, but according to a statement from Emirati Minister Abdullah bin Touq, it is extremely close.
Validity of entry permit to the Emirates
Residents from Gulf Cooperation Council countries can enter the United Arab Emirates 30 days before the date of issuance of entry permits.
Residents can also stay in the United Arab Emirates for 30 days from the date of entry, and this period can be extended for another 30 days only once.
Accreditation of all resident professions
The accreditation of all professions for residents in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries has been expanded as a result of the continuous updates that the Ministry of Tourism works on periodically.
The step to allow those wishing to enter the Emirates or Saudization and other specified countries, without requiring specific professions, came within the efforts of the Ministry of Tourism to provide the opportunity for all residents of the Gulf countries to enjoy tourist destinations, participate in tourism and entertainment events, and learn closely about the heritage and historical depth of the Kingdom.
Electronic visa application for citizens of 12 countries
The practice of affixing a visa sticker to a traveler's passport in order to obtain a work, visit, or residency visa was discontinued not too long ago by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Instead, the visa is now printed on a sheet of paper approximately the size of a medium-sized sheet and is fitted with a QR code.
Many nations, including Turkey, Pakistan, Yemen, and Sudan, as well as Uganda, Lebanon, Nepal, Kenya, and Morocco, in addition to Thailand, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka, are expected to start using electronic visas in the near future.
Advantages of the unified Gulf visa
- Stimulating economic growth
- Enhancing travel to the destination with a unified visa
- Simplifying travel between the GCC countries
- Attracting more long-distance tourists from Europe, the United States and Asia
- Increase tourism spending.