Dubai has started issuing tourist visas to inbound passengers from India and more countries from Wednesday onwards, according to a report by Khaleej Times.
Dubai, a global tourism center, has suspended issuance of visiting visas for India and other countries in March to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
As of Wednesday, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai has issued visiting visas for Indian and all other nationalities with a few exceptions, the Amer Center and travel agents confirmed.
Comments from the GDRFA are expected.
A customer service representative in an American office stated that they had received residence and visiting visa applications, and there are no nationality restrictions.
“Applications are now received but it will take some time before approval is issued,” an employee said. “For the tourist visas, applicants must apply at the tourism agencies.”
The employee found that his offices would close during Eid break and reopen on Monday.
Travel agencies confirmed that visa applications submitted to the DDRFA are approved for all nationalities, including Indians.
“We submitted a few dozen application on Wednesday and all came through. It is back to normal now,” said Lakshmi Anand, Manager, Travel and Tours, International Travel Services (ITS).
Jubin Mathew of Joanna Travels said they made applications for Indians and some other nationalities on Wednesday, and everyone got through.”We are getting many enquiries from various nationalities as Dubai is opening up.”
“We received a message from Dnata Visa Services that we can apply for visas for all nationalities except a few countries” said Mathew.
Many UAE residents, whose children and family members are stuck outside the country, are thrilled to be able to get them to visit visas again.
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