The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is now offering visa-free entry for visitors under 18 years of age. The move is expected to attract families to the Gulf country during the ongoing summer vacations.
The exemption is for only two months – from 15 July to 15 September. This policy was announced in September last year, after the country observed a dip in tourists. This will be the first year of its implementation.
What Tourists Used to Pay Before
According to the UAE’s online travel portal, under the old regime:
- a 14-day express tourist visa costs Dh 497 (Rs. 21,000 approx.)
- a 30-day multi-entry tourist visa costs Dh 917 (Rs. 39,000 approx.).
Travel experts believe that the move will attract more travelers from within the GCC region. However, it is also believed that this exemption will have a minimum impact on visitors from countries like Pakistan and India.
Most parents from these countries prefer to visit UAE during their local summer holidays, which usually run between May to June.
It should be mentioned here that the total number of passengers traveling through the country’s airports have crossed 32.8 million during the first quarter of 2019.