Emirates Airline is aiming to simplify travel to
the UAE with the launch of an online visa service for its
passengers visiting Dubai for business or leisure.
The feature - an extension of the online
flight booking process at emirates.com - can be accessed by valid
Emirates ticket holders from 35 select countries. Only 30-day and
96-hour visit visas to Dubai, UAE are available through the new
feature, subject to all pre-requisites being met.
pre-requisites are defined by Dubai Naturalisation and Residency
Department (DNRD) as it takes the decision whether to grant the visa
or not. A 96-hour visa will cost US$ 44 while a 30-day
visa will cost US$ 57. Service fees are applied separately.
Visas are delivered via email within four international
working days. Passengers can also continually track the status of their
applications online at emirates.com
Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations
Worldwide said, “Advancements in aviation are often related to
simplifications in the travel process. I’m delighted Emirates is
advancing travel convenience by allowing its customers to apply,
purchase and track their UAE visa online - another initiative in a
series of self-service tools that offer more convenience,
flexibility and control to passengers. Taking place from the
comfort of one’s home, office or hotel, it requires none of the
running around often associated with submitting forms, securing
approvals and collecting visas.”
Groups and families stand to gain significantly
as the feature accepts multiple requests of up to nine people as
long as they are on the same booking.
In its initial phase
the facility is being rolled out in 35 countries in the Far East,
Indian sub-continent, Middle East, Africa, Europe and the
Americas. In the second phase, due to roll out in the coming
weeks, offline markets will be targeted. These comprise countries
that do not have Emirates services, but which connect to nearby
gateways of the Dubai-based airline.
VFS Global to introduce this feature. VFS Global - a part of
Switzerland-based Kuoni Travel Group - is a specialist partner for
diplomatic missions worldwide, processing over 7 million
(contracted) visa applications per year. It operates the Dubai
Visa Processing Centre (DVPC) in 11 countries. DVPC does not
process work visas.
Etihad Airways also recently launched an Online Visa Service
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