Dubai: Certain Indian passengers will receive pre-approved visas upon arrival, according to Emirates.

For certain Indian passport holders, Emirates has launched a pre-approved visa-on-arrival service. All qualified Indians who have made travel arrangements with the airline are eligible for this option.

Customers of Emirates will be able to avoid lines upon arrival in Dubai thanks to this new effort, which will provide visas with a 14-day single entry. The Dubai Visa Processing Centre (DVPC), a location of VFS Global that Emirates Airline has chosen to handle UAE visas, completes the application.

Indian citizens can get a visa on arrival in the UAE if their regular passport is valid for at least six months. The possessor of an Indian passport must possess a valid six-month EU or UK residency permit, a valid US visa, or a green card.

Since 2017, eligible travelers have been able to obtain a visa at UAE airports upon arrival. The visa is normally stamped at the immigration desk after passengers get off the plane. Customers of Emirates can now “breeze through customs” by prearranging their visa, which streamlines the arrival process. The project has a $47 total cost plus a $18.50 service charge.

According to Emirates, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs retains over the issuing of visas.

How to apply?

Customers can access their tickets using the airline’s digital platforms by selecting “Manage an existing booking” after they have been booked. Next, they can select the option that says “Apply for a UAE visa.” They will be taken to the VFS Global Services-powered online visa application website for the UAE, which lays out the prerequisites, terms, and conditions to make the application process easier.

Dubai Tourism figures show that during January to October 2023, 2 million Indian tourists spent the night in Dubai.

Emirates presently has 167 weekly flights to nine locations in India. Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Thiruvananthapuram are among the Indian cities covered by the airline’s network.

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