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Nationalities that can get visa upon arrival in Dubai

The visa issuance is subject to the approval of the GDRFA’s committee and security department.
Visa Types can be applied through us by first assessment on our website  or may call us directly at 042760000.
East and West Travels Visa services
Visa type Valid before entry        Valid After Entry 
Short term visit Single Entry – Service 14 days 14 days
Short term visit Single Entry – Tourist 60 days 30 days
Long term visit Single entry –  Visit Visa 60 days 90 days
Short Term Visa- Multiple Entry 60 days 30 days
Long Term Visa-Multiple Entry 60 days 90 days
Nationalities can get visa upon arrival to the airport:
Andorra Canada Finland Hong Kong Latvia Malta San Marino Sweden
Australia Croatia France Hungary Liechtenstein New Zealand Singapore Switzerland
Austria Cyprus Vatican City Iceland Lithuania Norway Slovakia United Kingdom
Belgium Czech Germany Ireland Luxembourg Poland Slovenia United States
Brunei Denmark Greece Italy Malaysia Portugal Spain
Bulgaria Estonia Holland Japan Monaco Romania South Korea

All other nationalities need to pre-obtain the UAE visa to be able to enter the country.

The minimum requirements to apply for Tourist visa
– Clear passport copy (color & clear)
– Photo (color & clear)

For Guarantor’s documentation

-Passport copy

-Visa page

-Emirates ID Copy

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New baggage rules at Dubai airport from March 8, 2017

via Gulfnews

Dubai: Airport authorities are enforcing stricter baggage rules that may change the way you pack your suitcase.

The new rules will come into effect on March 8, 2017.

What are they?

  1. No irregular shaped bags
  2. No oversized bags
  3. No round bags
  4. All bags should have a flat surface

“Dubai International provides some of the most sophisticated baggage systems in the world,” said Ali Angizeh, Vice President of Terminal Operations at Dubai International.

“However, even the most technologically advanced systems can be disrupted by irregular shaped or oversized bags. Bags that are round or do not have a flat surface of any kind are by far the largest source of baggage jams.

“These jams can shut down sections of our system, delay baggage delivery to the aircraft and inconvenience our customers,” he said.

According to the rules, round bags that do not have a flat surface will not be checked-in.

Dubai Airports has also advised all airlines operating into the airport of the new regulations that will take place next month.

“Passengers, who show up at the airport with non-compliant baggage, will also be given the option to have it repacked in boxes for a fee.”

Stretching 140 kilometres and covering a surface area of 75 football fields, DXB’s baggage handling system is among the largest in the world. It has 15,000 trays and is powered by 21,000 motors.

Dubai International Airport handled approximately 9.3 million bags in January this year. A bag spends an average of 29 minutes in the baggage system at DXB.

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Enter or exit the UAE in just 10-15 seconds by using your Emirates ID at Smart Gates at Dubai Airport


Residents can use Emirates ID to skip passport control lines

Dubai: You can now, technically, enter or exit the UAE in just 10 to 15 seconds — by using your Emirates ID at the Smart Gates at Dubai International (DXB) Airport.

The automated immigration gates at passport control do away with lines, saving time and effort for UAE residents leaving or arriving at DXB.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, said: “With a transaction time that averages 10 to 15 seconds, this is clearly a smarter way to travel. It speeds up the immigration process significantly and shortens queues. Our focus going forward is to get more residents using it.”

Many residents — more than 234,000 — have already used it since its phased roll out began earlier this year.

Amna, a Sharjah-based Pakistani university student who is currently studying abroad, said: “I used my Emirates ID twice at the Smart Gates, while entering and leaving, and it was a breeze. It saved me the hassle of standing in line at passport control.”

Completely free of charge and requiring no preregistration, the new service makes passing through immigration Smart Gates fast and convenient for all UAE residents. The first of its kind in the region, it is the result of the joint efforts of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), the Emirates Identity Authority and Dubai Airports.

The new service is available on all 127 Smart Gates across all three terminals at DXB. It has been enabled by creating a secure and efficient link between various operational systems and databases managed by Emirates Identity Authority, GDRFA and Dubai Airports.

Upon inserting the Emirates ID Card into the Smart Gate, the system can quickly, accurately and efficiently confirm the identity, travel plans and eligibility of UAE residents to enter and depart the country.

All UAE residents holding a valid Emirates ID card and who are older than 18 years can take advantage of the new system by using the card at any of the self-service gates at arrivals and departures across all three terminals at DXB. Families travelling with children below the age of 18 can approach the manned counter adjacent to the smart gates to complete the immigration process.

“I think what would be even better is more awareness or guidance about the service, because some people still don’t know about it or are hesitant to use it. I once had an issue using it, so an official processed my case at a nearby counter instead. There was no explanation why my Emirates ID didn’t work at the Smart Gate,” said an Asian traveller.

DXB was the first airport in the region and among the first globally to introduce automated immigration gates — the e-Gates — in 2002.

In April, Gulf News reported about Eyen Gate, a proposed new smart immigration gate at Dubai Airport terminals that, if implemented, will allow registered passengers through by just scanning their eyes, with no need to scan or check passports or e-Gate cards.

Box: Unlimited Wi-Fi at Dubai Airports

Passengers can now enjoy unlimited free high-speed Wi-Fi at Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central after the operator Dubai Airports officially rolled out the upgraded service across both airports on Sunday.

The unlimited free Wi-Fi takes only one click to connect, thanks to a much-simplified landing page, and offers speeds that set a new benchmark in airports globally.

To ensure the speed and reliability of the new service, Dubai Airports is currently investing in over 6,000 new Wi-Fi access points to upgrade the entire wireless network infrastructure across both airports, and enhanced the internet links to over 5Gbps to provide the required bandwidth capacity — sufficient to power a small city.

New web applications have also been specially developed for each terminal and concourse to improve information for passengers.

“As the world’s largest international hub we are the heart of many journeys across the world today. When our passengers arrive in Dubai after a long journey they now expect to keep in touch with friends and family all over the world. To enable this, Dubai Airports has invested heavily in developing a state of the art infrastructure to deliver industry leading Wi-Fi capability. It is just one of many initiatives we have undertaken to serve and delight the 83 million passengers that will pass through our airports this year,” said Michael Ibbitson, executive vice-president of Business Technology at Dubai Airports.

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The traveller’s Journey to Visa change to Oman by Road

For a tourist who needs to renew the UAE tourist visa like me, finding an agency that will process your Oman visa change as well as the renewal of your UAE tourist visa in less than a week is quite difficult, all agencies offer different packages but they vary in the process of your application, that’s why some tourist ended up staying in Oman for a week or more. Good thing that I have a friend who’s working in an agency and I immediately messaged the agency to have my papers done.

East and West Travels, offers a hassle free and quick visa services to UAE, either for visiting family or for your business trip. I have chosen this agency for they offer affordable Oman visa change packages, I got mine (Oman visa with 90 days UAE visa plus with free 2-way bus) for only 1,499 AED.

Okay now, here’s my travel timeline. The meeting area was in the Big Parking beside Reef Mall last Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016 at 12 noon. My Oman visa was handed to me when we were in the bus.

Before we departed around 2:00 in the afternoon, they first checked our passports, UAE old tourist visas and the Oman visas because some tourist needed to pay for their overstays and according to some tourist, that will be the cause of our delay in the immigration in Hatta Border.

We arrived before 6:00 in the evening in Hatta Border and the process only took us 45 minutes (exit stamp, bags were checked etc.) I immediately took a photo of my exit stamp and sent it right away to the agency for them to start the process my application. Then we arrived at the Oman immigration around 8:30 in the evening for entry stamp and others. Before heading to the hotel, there were stop overs for us to buy food and toilet breaks.

We arrived at Al Buraimi hotel around 10:30 in the evening, very early according to some tourist who had their exits a couple of times now. We had a villa good for 10 people and we were all female in the area. The hotel had a nice lobby, a restaurant, a pool and lots of supermarkets outside the vicinity.’

The following day Thursday Aug. 11, 2016, me and my fellow tourist bought and shared food. That’s the good thing when you are in a good company of tourist, your stay won’t be that boring and in my case, we were all “Kabayans” so getting along isn’t hard. That night, the application of my UAE tourist visa was approved! Yey! Thank God! My fellow tourist were shocked why my application was processed in just 24 hours. Well, I told them that’s why I’ve chosen East & West Travels.

The not so lucky part was that, they don’t have buses traveling back to Dubai on weekends and besides the immigration was closed on weekends, so I had to stay there until Sunday morning. Well, I didn’t mind staying there for two more days, it was a little retreat for me.

Sunday Aug. 14, 2016 at 2:30 in the morning was our departure time. Back to Dubai!

Thank you East and West Travels for the hassle free services!

– tourist from the Philippines