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Transit passengers to enjoy day out in UAE, under new visa policy

UAE Cabinet gives green light for preparations to grant entry visa to passengers transitting across all UAE airports

Staff Report
14:04 April 15, 2018
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Abu Dhabi: The UAE Cabinet has given the green light for preparations to implement the policy granting entry visas to transit passengers — across all airports in the country.

The visa will be granted to transit passengers who wish to visit the country's landmarks and tourist attractions.

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The new policy aims to enhance transit visa procedures to enable stopover passengers to enjoy a day out in the country, thus boosting the tourism industry.

The Cabinet formed a working group, led by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, to prepare the new policy considering the possible positive effects it will have on the tourism sector and the economy in general.

About 70 per cent of the total passengers who passed through the UAE's airports in 2017 were 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.