Recent regulatory changes to the United Arab Emirates’ visa system will have a transformative effect on Dubai’s cruise sector and further boost medical tourism in the emirate.
A new ruling in the UAE which took effect on August 1st 2014, will ensure implementation of a new visa and fees system.
Amendments include a new multiple entry tourism permit for cruise passengers and a range of new entry permits for medical tourists and their companions.
The ruling was signed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE vice president and ruler of Dubai.
These visa options will make travel between UAE and visiting nearby countries easier for travellers who need to make multiple stops whether by air, land or sea.
The new multiple entry tourism permit for cruise passengers at just 200 dirhams (c. US$50) will now make their travel more cost effective and logistically more convenient with particular impact on a number of key markets for which previous regulations made the cost significantly higher, including India, China, Russia & CIS, South Africa, and Brazil.
Hamad bin Mejren executive director of business tourism at Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing said:
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