Abu Dhabi airport counter promises 30-minute transit visa issuance

27 Dec 17

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

IMPACT – LOW

What is the change? Abu Dhabi International Airport has opened a dedicated counter to grant four-day transit visas to transiting passengers.

What does the change mean? Passengers whose layover exceeds four hours may apply for the 96-hour transit visa at the new counter in Terminal 3.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate.
  • Visas/permits affected: 96-hour transit visas on arrival.
  • Who is affected: All nationalists transiting through Abu Dhabi International Airport, as well as transit passengers seeking to convert a transit visa to a tourist visa.
  • Impact on processing times: 30 minutes.

Background: Abu Dhabi’s tourism agency launched the new counter jointly with the General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs. Passengers who want to apply for a 96-hour transit visa must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months and pay the government fee of 300 Emirati dirhams (about US$82).

BAL Analysis: The streamlined visa service is part of the government’s initiative to attract tourists and other visitors to Abu Dhabi.

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