If you’re an expat and want to visit Dubai or Abu Dhabi anytime soon, you may need to plan ahead.
As from tomorrow (Friday, April 29), some nationalities, including Indian and Filipinos, travelling from Oman across the border will need to apply for an online e-visa prior to arrival. The rule will affect more than 1.5 million expatriate residents in the Sultanate. It applies to arrivals by air and road.
Some professions had previously been exempt from needing e-visa but this has now been scrapped. Now all GCC residents or permit holders will have to get an e-visa.
Confirming the news to local Muscat media this week, Captain Khalil Ibrahim, of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai, warned that people will be turned away from the border if they don’t have an e-visa.
“This we have clearly communicated to all the immigration officials at the borders and at the airports,” he added.
However, there are some exceptions. Expatriates from around 46 countries, including the United Kingdom, European countries and Australia, will have the choice of getting a visa on arrival or in advance.
No price details were given but on the Emirates airline website, the cost of a tourist 30-day one entry visa for the UAE was given as US$90 (RO34), while a short visa valid for four days is US$55 (RO21).
Around 322,000 visitors from Oman visited Dubai from January to March this year.