Saturday, 10 January 2015

News: UAE tourist visa fee goes up & no extension allowed

Tourist visas issued in Dubai have just become costlier and non-extendable, XPRESS has learnt.
Travel agents and tour operators said that the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai has increased the cost of the single entry, 30-day tourist visa from Dh210/$58 to Dh250/$69 from January 1, and has withdrawn the 10-day grace period and the option to extend it for a month.
Cost of tourist visas to increase

While XPRESS could not get an immediate confirmation on the new development from GDRFA, travel agents and tour operators said they were applying the revised rule to all tourist visas being processed from January 1.
The agents, who earlier charged Dh300/$82 to Dh450/$123 to process the tourist visas, said they would pass on the additional Dh40/$11 to visa applicants.

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