Abu Dhabi International Airport has launched a new Visa counter to facilitate Visa-on-arrival for passengers. The new counter will serve both transit and arriving passengers at the capital of UAE and will take 15 to 30 minutes for the service. This 96-hour transit visa will be available for all nationalities traveling through Abu Dhabi International Airport.
The declaration was made jointly by The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, along with Abu Dhabi Airports, Etihad Airways and General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs – Abu Dhabi. The arrangement is a part of the ‘Life in Abu Dhabi initiative’, in support of enriching tourist experience. Established in May 2017 as part of the Government Services Office at Abu Dhabi Executive Office, Life in Abu Dhabi is an annual gathering aimed at developing a number of public sector services for the government of Abu Dhabi.
Several types of mission and tourist visas available to travelers who do not fall under the current ‘visa upon arrival’ scheme will be issued in this counter. Earlier this transit visa was available only for the citizens and others had to apply through official channels.
“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. 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,” said Brigadier Mansour Ahmed Ali Al Dhaheri, Director-General of Residency and Foreigners Affairs – Abu Dhabi.
Abdul Majeed Al Khoori, Acting Chief Executive Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, commented: “We are very excited to cooperate with our stakeholders and launch this new offer to our travelers. The 96-hour visa will be instrumental to attract the large number of transfer passengers to experience Abu Dhabi and its vast offerings during their stopover.”
This move aims at increasing the number of tourists. October 2017 figures revealed an 18 percent increase in visitor numbers compared to the same month last year.
The transit visa can be applied for both at the new visa counter on arrival, or through the online designated portal, provided passengers meet the application criteria. Travelers can also request to change their transit visa to a tourist visa at the airport if they are planning to extend their stay.