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Dubai: Indians Eligible For Pre-Approved Visa On Arrival Must First Apply Online

Indians who hold an ordinary passport and have a US green card or residence visa in UK or European Union countries must first apply online to avail of a pre-approved visa-on-arrival for entry to the UAE as a visitor for a period of 14 days.

The short-term visa can be extended for another 14 days for one time only, noted the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai.

Eligible Indian travellers were being granted visa-on-arrival at UAE airports for some years. The visa is typically stamped at the immigration counter once travellers disembark from their flights. Now, passengers to Dubai need to apply online for the service first.

GRDFA also enumerated the requirements that include:

1. A valid passport or travel document to enter the country

2. Permanent residence card (green card) issued by USA or a residence visa issued by UK or European Union countries.

3. Personal photo (white background)

Apply online first

Indian tourists eligible for the pre-approved visa-on-arrival must first log in to the GDRFA website https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae

They must register their details, fill up the requirements pay the fees (Dh253). After approval, the visa is sent to the user’s email.

Expected completion time is within 48 hours after application.

Terms and conditions

GDRFA, on its website, also enumerated the terms and conditions for the short-term visit visa.

1. The traveler should not have any restrictions that prevent him/her from entering the UAE

2. The validity of the passport or travel document is no less than 6 months.

3. He/she should have a visa or green card issued by competent US authorities, with a validity period of no less than 6 months. Or

4. He she should have a residence visa issued by the competent authorities in UK or European Union countries, with a validity period of no less than 6 months.

Meanwhile, in February this year, Emirates announced a pre-approved visa-on-arrival facility for some Indian passport holders who booked their travel with the airline.

Issued as a 14-day single entry visa, it enables Emirates customers to skip queues when arriving in Dubai. The application is fulfilled by the Dubai Visa Processing Centre (DVPC) — VFS Global’ s facility designated by Emirates Airline to process UAE visas.

Emirates also clarified “the issuance of visas remains at the absolute discretion of GDRFA.”

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Khaleej Times

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