Tourists going to the U.A.E throughout the summer not require to pay fees of visa for dependents who are aged 18 years or below, the Cabinet of U.A.E declared on the Sunday. The fee exception will be suitable within July 15 to September 15 each year and is presumed to increase tourist numbers throughout the season of off-peak.
The resolution follows the exclusion of tourists whoa are transit from fees of visa for the initial 48 hours. Travel representatives in the U.A.E have greeted the move, stating it would benefit to encourage tourism throughout the summer season.
An express 14-day tourist visa charges Dh497 per person, and a 30-day multi-entry tourist visa fetches Dh917 if the tourist made online purchases.
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Though, as per tour executives, the highly attractive tourist visa is the 90-day multi-entry visa tourist, which is valued at Dh945.
"The entire costs of visa for a family of four could be Dh3,780. With the exceptions, families need to pay only Dh1,890, without taxes," an agent for travel from Sharaf Travels which is Sharjah-based revealed.
Rifa Dalvi, a travel expert from Cozmo Travels, told the move could benefit citizens who stay without their families in the U.A.E to appeal their loved ones for a vacation. "It will be fabulous for all travelers ... Airlines offer ticket discounts for infants and children, and it only makes sense that nations offer it for visas as well."
Travel representatives told contrary to popular opinion, and the climate is not a hindrance for guests through this time.
"For instance, from Kerala, the celebration of Onam is reaching up. Though a lot of people need to go back home, now people can also bring their families here and rejoice the festival in Dubai," told the representative from Sharaf Travels.
Shilpa Mahtani, BNBME COO, a vacation administration company, told the period of the fee-free visa proposal coincides with the European summer holiday. "Positively, we can receive some people from there, too."
Co-founder and C.T.O of travel web portal Musafir. Albert Dias told the move could help to improve travel to the U.A.E from within the G.C.C region. "However, we assume it to have a poor impact on inbound travel from important feeder markets such as countries like India. In this market parents with children in favor traveling through their regional school summer vacation seasons, which normally run from April to June."
The passengers' number going through the nation airports touched 32.8 million through the initial part of this year.