UAE: Travel agencies begin offering visa renewal options with holiday packages

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If you are qualified to vote for the May 2016 National Elections, you mush register for Absentee Voting first before you can apply for passport renewal. Bring an additional copy of your passport’s data page for Absentee Voting Registration, which will be processed at the same time as your passport renewal request.

Requirements

Appointment to renew passport

Personal appearance (the Consulate entertains requests for passport renewals from Sunday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

Original passport

Passport copy and visa copy

Requirements for minors (18 years old or younger)

Appointment (not required for children ages 5 years old or younger)

E-passport Application Form. accomplished by the accompanying parent(s)

Copy of child’s passport, data and visa page

Copy of accompanying parent(s) passport’s data page

Personal appearance of child and parent(s).

PROCEDURE

How to book an appointment

Step 1: Visit dubaipcg.checkappointments.com to set an appointment

Step 2: Register using an email address and assign a password to use the service

Step 3: Log in and follow instructions on how to proceed with your passport application

Step 4: Once you have confirmed your desired appointment, a notification shall be given reconfirming the appointment, along with a detailed guide on requirements, procedures and fees

Step 5: Print the confirmation email

Renewing your passport

Step 1: Get an appointment

Step 2: On date of appointment, fill out E-passport Application Form.

Step 3: Proceed to Passport Processing Area

Step 4: Proceed to Cashier

Step 5: Proceed to Passport Encoding Area

Step 6: Proceed to Releasing Section on date of release.

 

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UAE: Travel agencies begin offering visa renewal options with holiday packages

Agency packages for travelers to travel and renew their visas simultaneously have begun to be offered as the holiday season gets underway.

This initiative followed after the launch of the new visa policy, which requires visitors to leave the country before applying for renewal or extension.

Travel agencies offer packages with countries that provide visas-on-arrival and e-visas to several nationalities. The nations are:

Azerbaijan
Armenia
Kazakhstan
South Asia
Maldives
Bhutan
Nepal
Thailand
Georgia

“The package price for Georgia and Azerbaijan start at Dh2,023, excluding visa renewal. If one wants to renew their visas, an extra charge of Dh600 is applicable,” said Libin Varghese, director of sales at Rooh Travel and Tourism.

Traveling to Armenia, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Bhutan, Nepal, and Thailand without renewing the UAE visa could cost between Dh1,800 and Dh2,000. Varghese stated that the cost could rise to Dh3,000 with an extension of the UAE visa.

He explained that not all nationalities are eligible for the packages and advised interested parties to check with the travel agency.

The departures are scheduled for December 30, and the package includes airfare, lodging, sightseeing and excursion tours, activities, an inbound country visa, and more.

According to experts, island nations like the Seychelles, Maldives, and Mauritius are in high demand for the New Year, but visa renewal may be more expensive. In addition, Varghese noted that lodging costs are on the expensive side.

The option for UAE residents with visit visas to extend visas without leaving the country was eliminated on Tuesday (December 13), and the new regulations went into effect. BKM/ Expat Media


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