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New visa rules, fees to take effect in August

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Visa to include multiple entry permits

July 29, 2014 10:35 by

A new visa and fees system will take effect in the UAE from August 1, reveals the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs at the Ministry of Interior (MoI).

It will include multiple entry permits for work and visits, activation of study visas, and entry permits for those coming to the country for medical care and conferences, reveals Major General Khalifa Hareb Al Khaili, MoI’s acting assistant undersecretary for naturalisation, residency and ports affairs, in a statement yesterday (Saturday, July 26). The ministry was unavailable for further comment as it is closed for a weeklong Eid holiday.

An outline of the new visa fees will reportedly be available on the ministry’s website ( in a few days.

Currently, multiple entry visas for visitors who are connected with local businesses and require regular visits to Dubai cost approximately AED2,100, plus an AED20 delivery fee, according to the official portal of the Dubai government, The visa’s validity is for six months from the date of issue, with a maximum stay of 14 days allowed per visit.

“[The new scheme] comes in response to community members’ needs and supports various activities, in accordance with the federal cabinet’s resolution number 22 for the year 2014, regarding the organisation and development of the services at MoI’s naturalisation, residency and ports affairs sector, says Major Al Khaili in the statement.

“The approved amendments take into account the quality and development of services, in addition to meeting social requirements and activities in a way that supports various aspects of economic, touristic and social activities. The new decision also focuses on violators, which is the key issue in the suggested amendments, as part of an integrated system, which ensures the field efficiency of executive authorities and customers’ satisfaction,” adds a statement from the ministry.

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