A new visa counter at Abu Dhabi International Airport will grant transit and arriving passengers visas to Abu Dhabi in as little as 15 to 30 minutes, according to Abu Dhabi officials.
The new service will be located in the Terminal 3 transit area of the airport, and includes activation of four-day or 96-hour transit visas for all nationalities traveling through Abu Dhabi. The counter will offer several type of mission and tourist visas available to travelers who do not fall under current visa on arrival schemes.
Previously, the transit visa was only available for citizens of certain countries while other passengers had to apply though the official channels prior to their arrival to the capital.
The 96-hour, AED 300 visa can be used by all passengers with trips planned from Abu Dhabi, or with intermediate flights through Abu Dhabi on the way to their destination if their layover exceeds four hours. The transit visa can be applied to both the new visa on arrival, or through the online designated portal, as long as passengers meet the application criteria.
“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,” said Brigadier Mansour Ahmed Ali Al Dhaheri, Director-General of Residency and Foreigners Affairs - Abu Dhabi.
“The benefits of the advanced system cover several areas aimed at advancing competitiveness. 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,” he added.
Abdul Majeed Al Khoori, acting CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports, said that the 96-hour visa will be “be instrumental to attract the large number of transfer passengers to experience Abu Dhabi and its vast offerings during their stopover.”For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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