The UAE resumed issuance of tourist visas earlier this week. This including the Indian citizens, as the Expo 2020 Dubai exhibition that commences from October 1. VFS Global, which processes visa applications for the UAE in India gave out a statement. It said it has resumed its visa services for Indian citizens August 30 onwards.
VFS Global said, “Travelers will be required to present a valid negative Covid-19 test certificate issued. This should be within 48 hours from the time of collecting the sample and from an approved health service. The certificate should have the QR code system, as well as Rapid PCR test report conducted. This at the departure airport 6 hours prior to departure, provided with a QR code system. No GDRFA or ICA approval required for tourists travelling to the UAE,”.
Due to the increase in cases across the globe there were initially several restrictions. Earlier, visitors wanting to visit the UAE on tourist visas needed approval from the country’s General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) or the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA). However now in in the latest round of relaxations these requirements have been taken off.
VFS Global said passengers wanting to travel to the UAE on a tourist visa can apply for their visas on http://www.emirates.com . They can also apply at one of the agency’s Dubai Visa Processing centres in Mumbai, Pune, New Delhi, Chennai, Kochi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Thiruvananthapuram and Hyderabad. These are currently operating on limited days of the week.
The UAE had earlier disallowed visa on arrival for Indian citizens. The Dubai-based airline Emirates shows that Indian nationals with a normal passport who are travelling to India via Dubai can obtain a visa on arrival in Dubai. This given only for a maximum stay of 14 days. They also had to have a visitor visa or a green card issued by the US, or should have a residence visa issued by the UK or European Union. This visa issued by the US, the UK or EU has to be valid for a minimum of six months.