• Tuesday, March 05, 2024

Asia

Emirates, VFS Global launch pre-approved visa on arrival for Indian travellers

The service exclusive to Indian passport holders who have booked their travel on Emirates with a valid six-month visa for US, EU or UK Residency.

A general view of Burj Khalifa in Dubai (Photo by MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

EMIRATES has joined forces exclusively with VFS Global to begin a convenient pre-approved visa-on-arrival service for Indian passport holders who have made their travel arrangements with the airline. Administered by the Dubai Visa Processing Centre (DVPC) and issued as a 14-day single-entry visa, this innovative programme will allow Emirates customers to bypass queues upon arrival in Dubai, streamlining their entry procedures so they can swiftly proceed to explore the desert city.

DVPC is VFS Global’ s exclusive facility designated by Emirates Airline and the government of Dubai to process UAE visas via its online portal linked to www.emirates.com.

“We’ve partnered with VFS Global to introduce a pre-approved visa-on-arrival facility for Indian passport holders who have booked their travel with us. The new process will help customers skip queues when arriving in Dubai,” Emirates said in a post on X on February 1, when the initiative kicked off.

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To avail themselves of this service, Emirates customers can book their flights via emirates.com or through their preferred travel agent. Upon accessing their booking through the ‘Manage an existing booking’ section on emirates.com, customers can simply click on the ‘apply for a UAE visa’ link. They will then be directed to the online UAE Visa application portal powered by VFS Global Services, which outlines the requirements, terms, and conditions for a smooth visa application process, a release said.

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This service is reserved exclusively for Indian passport holders who possess a valid six-month visa for the US, a US Green Card, EU Residency, or UK Residency. The issuance of visas remains entirely at the discretion of Dubai’s General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs.

Dubai continues to be a top destination for Indian travellers, offering a diverse range of attractions and accommodations catering to every taste, age, and budget. Additionally, it boasts a vibrant Indian community that frequently hosts visits from family and friends from India and beyond. According to Dubai Tourism statistics, between January and October 2023, Dubai welcomed 2 million overnight visitors from India.

Emirates currently serves nine destinations in India with 167 weekly flights, connecting travellers to Dubai and onwards to a global network of more than 140 destinations. The airline’s network in India includes the cities of Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Thiruvananthapuram.

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