UAE to grant entry visa to all transit passengers
April 16, 2018 | 11:01 AM
by Times News Service
Image used for illustrative purpose. Photo: File

Muscat: Transit passengers passing through Dubai or Abu Dhabi in the UAE will soon be able leave the airport and explore the country on a transit visa, officials have announced.

This comes after the UAE Cabinet gave a green light to grant entry visas to transit passengers — across all UAE airports — for those who wish to visit the country’s landmarks and tourist attractions, according to WAM, the official news agency of the United Arab Emirates.

"The Cabinet approved the formation of a working group to propose a new general policy for transit visas in the UAE to promote the tourism sector and enhance local economy, as well to grant transit passengers the opportunity to explore UAE’s world-renowned attractions.

"The local aviation industry is one of the most successful international models, having achieved world records and topped many international indicators in a relatively short period," it said.

With 70 per cent of all passengers passing through UAE's airports in 2017 being transit passengers, the new policy will list visa fees, mechanisms for increasing the number of stop-over visitors, as well as ways to promote the country’s tourism attractions.

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