Emirates to offer $61 visas for Canadian tourists

Offer follows hike to $998 for tourist visas offered through UAE embassy in Ottawa
Emirates to offer $61 visas for Canadian tourists
VISA TYPES: Types of visas offered for Canadians on the site are a visit visa for a stay of 90 day; Tourist visa for 30 days; Entry Permit for 14 days; and Transit visa for 96 hours (Getty Images)
By Karen Leigh
Mon 03 Jan 2011 12:23 PM

Dubai
flagship carrier Emirates Airline has said it will offer $61 visas for Canadian
citizens in the wake of last week’s sharp visa fee hikes for Canadians.

"Both
96-hour and 30-day visas are available and these will be issued via email
within three to four working days,” an Emirates spokesperson told Arabian Business.
“Ninety-six hour visas cost $61.50 and 30 day visas cost $74.50. Customers can
apply for a visa a maximum of 60 days before travel, and a minimum of four
international working days before departure.”

Controversy
erupted last week after the UAE embassy in Ottawa said that Canadians seeking
six-month multiple-entry visas would now be required to pay $998. The visas had
previously been free of charge for a 30-day stay.

The
hikes were widely seen as retaliation to the government’s airspace governing body,
Transport Canada, and national carrier Air Canada’s refusal to allow additional
Emirates flights into major Canadian cities for fear of eating into their own
profits to major destinations in Europe and the Gulf.

Emirates
and other Gulf airlines have been asking for extra flights into and out of
Canada, saying the six currently allotted flights are not enough to handle
demand.

Abu
Dhabi carrier Etihad is also offering also addressed the need for its Canadian
passengers to obtain UAE visas, through an online visa service. Passengers can
apply for a visit visa for a stay of 90 days; tourist visa for 30 days; entry
permit for 14 days; and transit visa for 96 hours.

Types of
visas offered for Canadians on the site are a visit visa for a stay of 90 day;
Tourist visa for 30 days; Entry Permit for 14 days; and Transit visa for 96
hours.

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