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New rule exempts tourists' kids from visa fee

18 July 2018

According to a new decision announced by the UAE Cabinet early this week, the children of tourists’ under the age of 18, visiting UAE will be exempted from visa fee during the summer season (15th July to 15th September) every year.

The new law came in support of family tourism to reduce the cost of visitors during the holiday season. 

The Cabinet’s decision reflects the UAE’s position in global tourism sector, as a prime destination, drawing visitors and families from across the world. 

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The passenger numbers crossing the country’s airports touched 32.8 million during first quarter of this year. Visitors come to the UAE to enjoy hotels and tourism services, with several festivities and activities happening all through the year. 

The decision of the Cabinet is in line with the growth of tourism sector in the country. This decision follows the previous announcement exempting transit tourists from visa fee for the first 48 hours.

Listed here are the major visa changes made by the UAE to boost tourism in the country:

  • New visa facilitation procedures announced for residents, visitors, families and people overstaying their visa.
  • Exemption of entry fee for transit passengers for the first 48 hours, and transit visa extension for upto 96 hours at Dh.50.
  • People overstaying their visa are provided a chance to leave the country voluntarily without ‘no entry’ stamp on their passport.
  • People who entered the country illegally, are given a chance to leave the country voluntarily with ‘no entry’ stamp for 2 years, if they present return ticket.
  • Visa can be adjusted or renewed for a fee, without having to leave or re-enter the country.
  • New six month visa for job seekers overstaying their visa, but, wish to work in the country. Temporary visa to be granted to improve UAE’s position as a place of opportunities for talents and professionals.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries