The accompanying dependents of foreign tourists under the age of 18 will be exempted from visa fee as per the new decision of UAE cabinet.
The move will come into effect from July 15 to September 15 every year and would boost the tourism into the country.
Earlier this year, the UAE announced that all the transit passengers will be exempted from the entry fees for first 48 hours and would extend up to 96 hoursor a fee of Dhs50 $14).
The express counters in passport-control halls across UAE airports will have a provision of visa.
Last week, the UAE also announced that it would introduce a New Value Added Tax (VAT) refund system for tourists that will take effect this year.
The emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Ajman also took decision to reduce tourism fees at hotels in a bid to encourage the tourism sector – a key component in driving country’s economy.
The UAE has been designated as an international holiday destination as the number of passengers transiting through the country’s airports reached 32.8 million in the first quarter of the year.
If the traveler purchases online, a 14 day express tourist visa costs Dh 497 per head and 0-day multi-entry tourist visa costs Dh917.
The tourist visa that is most popular among the tourists is the 90-day multi-entry tourist visa, which is priced at Dh495.
The total visa costs would be Dh3, 780 for a family of four that includes parents and two children.
A travel consultant from Cozmo travels, RifaDalvi stated that this move will help those residents who want to bring their families for a visit to UAE.
Albert Dias, cofounder and CTO of travel web portal, Musafir.com stated that it would also promote travel to UAE within GCC region.
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