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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.

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