The U.A.E. Cabinet recently took the decision, for exempting transit passengers, from entry fees, for initial 48 hours. It can be extended for a period of 96 hours, by paying the A.E.D. 50 fee.
A report appears, on the website of The U.A.E. Cabinet, that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, V.P. and PM, U.A.E. took several strategic decisions, regarding the insurance of overseas workers. Moreover, there was a legislation regarding visa facilitation. There is a plan to open Express Counters at the Passport Control Halls in the U.A.E. Airports, for issuing the transit visa.
As per the report by Statista, Dubai, there is a stable increase since 2010, in the number of international visitors who stay overnight. There is also a report that around 1.8 crore Indians, travel to the U.A.E. annually. Furthermore, Abu Dhabi and Dubai are the popular destinations for these travelers. These cities are strategically located between the East and the West, and 75 percent of all international travelers, make the transit through it.
This decision to waive off the transit visa charges, for the initial 48-hours, will be helpful in attracting many visitors to the Emirates. Along with this matter, the Cabinet also agreed, for the legislation, to extend the two-year residency period, for dependents of their parents, who finish their academic studies.
Regarding the people who overstay their visa, the authorities, decided to permit them, to leave the country on voluntary basis. The No Entry stamp will not be affixed on their passports. Moreover, the job-seekers, who overstay their visa, wishing to work, in the Emirates, will also get a six-month visa.