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UAE Transit visa on arrival at Abu Dhabi airport

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The Department of Culture and Tourism of Abu Dhabi, jointly with Abu Dhabi Airports, Etihad Airways and the General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs of Abu Dhabi, has announced the launch of a new visa counter to facilitate the visa application process and grant both transit and arriving passengers visas to Abu Dhabi within 15 to 30 minutes. The new service, located at the Terminal 3 transit area at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), includes activation of the new four-day, or 96-hour, transit visa for all nationalities traveling through Abu Dhabi International Airport.

The launch of the new visa counter is part of the Life in Abu Dhabi initiative, in support of the 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.

The new counter will issue several types of mission and tourist visas available to travelers who do not fall under the current visa upon arrival scheme. Passengers can now approach the visa counter in T3 to apply for, and obtain the relevant visa within a maximum 30 minutes.

In addition, the visa counter is now issuing the new 96 hour transit visa, which is a key part of Abu Dhabi’s ongoing efforts to attract more visitors to the capital. This project is being jointly implemented by several parties including Abu Dhabi Executive Office, Abu Dhabi Airports, General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs - Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways and Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi.

The AED 300-visa can be used by passengers with planned trips from AUH, or with intermediate flights through Abu Dhabi en route to their destination if their layover exceeds four hours. 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. Travellers can also request to change their transit visa to a tourist visa at the airport if they are planning to extend their stay in the capital.

Previously, the transit visa was only available for citizens of certain countries while other passengers had to apply though the official channels prior to their arrival to the capital. The transit visa cost was also reduced to AED 300 thus enabling more passengers to explore Abu Dhabi and enjoy its top attractions.

Transit Visa related Frequently Asked Questions

What is a transit visa?
A transit visa is a temporary visa that is valid for a brief period of time. On this occasion, the Abu Dhabi transit visa is valid for four days, or 96 hours, for travellers of all nationalities and ages. Through this visa type, guests can explore all the exciting and family-focused activities Abu Dhabi has to offer.

How do visitors apply for a transit visa?
The process of applying for a transit visa is easy and convenient. Guests need to provide the required information, documents and pay the visa fee online without having to send documents by email or visit the office personally. Once your visa application is approved, you will receive an EVisa copy via email. Guests buying their transit visa on arrival need to visit the Visa on Arrival Office in Terminals 1 & 3 at Abu Dhabi International Airport, hand over the required documents and pay in cash or credit card.

How many days before the arrival date to Abu Dhabi should visitors apply for the transit visa?
Visitors can purchase a transit visa on arrival at the airport. Alternatively, they can go online on Etihad’s Airway’s website and apply – Visa issued within 30 mins after request submission.

Is there a fee associated with the Abu Dhabi transit visa?
Passengers will need to pay a fee of AED 300 to avail the transit visa. The fee has been reduced from AED 500.

What nationalities are eligible for a transit visa to Abu Dhabi?
Travelers of all nationalities and ages can apply for the transit visa. The visa, however, is not guaranteed and subject to approval from the relevant authorities.

How long is the transit visa valid for?
The transit visa is valid for four days, or 96 hours.

Is it a single entry or multiple entry visa?
The transit Visa is single entry visa.

Are the visa fees inclusive of all charges? If not, are there any additional charges visitors will have to incur?  
The amount paid include all the fees

Is it mandatory to travel on Etihad airways or can visitors travelling on other airlines also avail the transit visa?
 
The visa sponsored by Etihad Airways can be applied by guests traveling either with the airline or with its partners but is also available to guests flying on board other airlines to Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Is the transit visa subject to renewal or remains valid for 96 days upon which a visitor can reapply once this period expires?
Travelers who wish to extend their stay in Abu Dhabi can request to change their visa to a tourist visa.

Can visitors travel outside Abu Dhabi and visit other emirates upon receiving the transit visa?
The Abu Dhabi transit visa guarantees the free movement of passengers between all seven emirates across the UAE.

Is it possible for visitors to track the status of their visa application if they are applying online before landing in Abu Dhabi?
Yes, approval will be send by email or upon arrival through the visas office.

What happens if visitors exceed the length of stay allowed granted under the transit visa? Are they subject to any fines?
Fines start from Dhs. 300 subject to increment.
 

PIA launches flights to Najaf, Iraq

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PIA has launched three weekly flights to Najaf in Iraq just in time for pilgrims who wish to spend Muharram in the holy city. Flights leave every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from Karachi. On the 20th of Safar (30th Oct 2017) devotees celebrate Arbaeen by walking from Najaf to Karbala. The 80km journey takes about 16 hours by foot. Almost 20 million pilgrims are expected to attend.

You can travel to Najaf from Karachi by PIA for just under Rs.50,000. For booking a hotel in Karbala or Najaf please click here.
 

Pakistanis to get visa on arrival in Qatar

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It is now official. Pakistanis can now visit Qatar and get a visa on arrival. The Qatar Embassy in Islamabad confirmed the news which was initially circulated in early August but later denied. All you need is a valid credit card and a passport valid for six months and you can be on your way to Doha for a holiday. Of course, a round trip ticket is also required.

This visa free status for Pakistanis opens up a massive opportunity for tourism into Qatar. With a large middle class that has the wherewithal to spend on the finer things in life but limited access to visa-free holiday destinations, it is expected that long weekends in Pakistan will encourage travel to Doha. Shopping, fine dining and luxury hotels will attract thousands of visitors from Pakistan.

Doha can also become a convenient MICE destination as many Pakistani companies arrange corporate team building away days based on ease of visa availability.

Pakistan’s online travel booking industry is hampered by visa related hassles and the spontaneity of a last minute holiday has been denied to too many Pakistanis for too long. Now Doha can become the place to go for a whimsical short weekend or for a winter break.

One caveat is that Doha has not promoted itself enough in Pakistan as a destination. While Qatar Airways has been promoting the airline aggressively, Pakistanis are not aware of the tourist attractions that they can find in Doha.

Business opportunities in Qatar are opening up and Pakistani exporters can avail the visa on arrival facility to make a trip for business prospecting. And if you want to know what to do and where to go in Doha check out our Doha city guide.
 

Special Offer- Rs19,645 for ticket to Dubai

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flydubai the low cost airline of Dubai has a special offer on all its flights. If you are planning a trip to Dubai you should make your bookings by midnight September 26 2017. For just Rs19,645 you can get a roundtrip ticket to Dubai.

Many other fares of up to 50% off the regular rates are available for travel between September 26 and October 27 2017. You should go to the airline’s website for booking.

 

 

Etihad Airways offers free Abu Dhabi stopovers to passengers from Pakistan

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Etihad Airways is offering one night’s free accommodation at the Radisson Blu hotel on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island to all guests traveling in Economy Class from the Middle East, Africa and Pakistan, and stopping over in the national capital. The offer is valid from now until 15 September 2017.

Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad Airways Executive Vice President Commercial, said: “Etihad Airways is delighted to invite guests to experience Abu Dhabi for themselves. The capital of the United Arab Emirates has so much to offer all types of travelers, whether they are after culture, a beach break or sports and adventure.”

More than 4.4 million guest arrivals were recorded in Abu Dhabi in 2016. Guests who avail the stopover offer can take advantage of world-famous leisure and business attractions including miles of beautiful white sand beaches, theme parks such as Yas Waterworld and Ferrari World, desert safari expeditions, arts and cultural institutions such as Manarat Al Saadiyat and the soon-to-be-opened Louvre Museum, exquisite local and international dining, world-class golf, and the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and its race track, Yas Marina Circuit.

Abu Dhabi also offers a wide range of shopping opportunities to suit all tastes with a large choice of popular outlets and brands. The city boasts a selection of spacious high-end shopping malls such as Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi Mall, Marina Mall, and The Galleria – one of the world’s most luxurious shopping centers.

 

 
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