UAE launches first multi-entry five-year tourist visa
- A Monitor Report 07 Jan, 2020 | 1388 Views|-+
Dubai: The UAE unveiled its first multi-entry five-year tourist visa during the first Cabinet meeting of the year on January 6.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, said the visa would allow tourists multiple entries into the country over five years. It is not clear if there will be a visa application fee and no other details have yet been released.
At present, tourists can visit the UAE with a free multiple entry visa for up to 90 days, from the date of entry.
Sheikh Mohammed said the visa, which will be introduced within the next four months, aims to establish the UAE as a "major global tourism destination" and is part of wider plans to prepare the country for the next 50 years of development.
The Emirates currently welcomes about 21 million visitors each year, he said.
"The year 2020 will be different because it is the year of preparation for the next 50, the year in which we design the future of the Emirates," he added.
Dubai did not hit its target to attract 20 million visitors by 2020, despite a strong performance in boosting the number of Chinese, Omani and Filipino visitors recently. The most recent figures showed it was on course for about 16 million, having hit 12 million in the first nine months, after recording a fall in Indian, British and Russian visitors.
During the Cabinet meeting, the country's ministers reviewed last year's achievements and approved the new tourist visa. Sheikh Mohammed said the visa would be available to all nationalities.
Long-term multi-entry visas are the latest major change to the UAE's visa system. The changes included five-year visas for the brightest graduates and 10-year visas for business owners with significant assets in the country.