According to a media report, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has stopped issuing 90-day (3-month) visit visas to international travellers. However, travel agents have confirmed that a 90-day stay can still be granted under specific circumstances.
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UAE Stopped Issuing 90-Day Visit Visas
As per the travel agent, currently, only 30 and 60-day visit visas are being issued throughout the country.
These visas can be obtained at prices between Dh400 and Dh450, and visitors have the option to extend their stay for an additional month at a cost of around Dh900. After this extension, travellers must leave the country by either air or land.
Another travel company confirmed the update, stating that visit visas for the general public are currently limited to 30 and 60 days and that this has been the case for all their clients.
It is worth noting that the change is part of a series of modifications made to UAE visa procedures following extensive reforms, known as the Advanced Visa System, which took effect in October of last year.
The system, introduced by the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Port Security (ICP), represents one of the most significant changes to residency and entry permit regulations in the UAE.
90-Day Visas Still Available for Medical Tourism in UAE
Although 90-day visas are no longer being issued generally, they can still be obtained under specific conditions. For instance, travellers seeking medical treatment in the UAE can apply for a medical tourism visa which allows them to stay for 90 days, as long as they provide the necessary medical reports, doctor’s appointments, and supporting documentation.
Additionally, job exploration visas are available to those who wish to stay for 90 days, provided they fall under the first, second, or third skill level as determined by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (Mohre), or are fresh graduates from the top 500 universities in the world. These visas are available in three durations: 60, 90, and 120 days.
The minimum educational level required for a single-entry permit is a bachelor’s degree or equivalent. The cost of the job exploration visa depends on the length of stay, and it includes a Dh1,025 refundable security deposit and insurance.
According to the ICP website, the 60-day visa costs Dh1,495, the 90-day visa costs Dh1,655, and the 120-day permit costs Dh1,815.
ICP Increases Fees For Visas and Emirates ID
The ICP has recently increased the service fee for all its services, including issuing Emirates IDs and Visas. As previously reported, the cost of an Emirates ID has risen to 370 AED, up from 270 AED, and the fee for a one-month visit visa has also been increased to 370 AED.
(With Inputs From Khaleej Times)