New visit visa regime will prevent abuse

ABU DHABI — The new visit visa structure, to be implemented from August 1, aims at fighting violations as well as tighten controls on visa issuance for individuals and corporate bodies in addition to protecting all those who enter the country as either tourists or workers, said a reliable source at the Ministry of Interior (MoI).

By Ahmed Abdul Aziz (Our staff reporter)

Published: Thu 12 Jun 2008, 1:35 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:27 PM

Major-General Mohammed Salim Al Khaili, Director of the Federal Naturalisation and Residency Department (FNRD), had earlier told Khaleej Times that the new structure of visit visas and entries had been adopted to protect everyone who enter the country.

"It is a step to correct the mistakes that had occurred in the past. A lot of people had misused the visit visas and the facilities. The cabinet decision is to streamline the issuance of the visit visas," said Al Khaili.

Meanwhile, Brigadier Nasir Al Awadi Al Menhali, Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Naturalisation and Residency Department (ADNRD), said in a statement yesterday that the recently amended law regulating the entry of foreigners is aimed at fighting violations as well as to tighten the control measures on visa issuance for individuals and firms.

Brig. Al Menhali rejected the claims that the amendments to tourist visa regulations would have an adverse impact on tourism. "Restricting the issuance of tourist (visit) visas to only licensed tourism operators would give them the opportunity to grow and receive all tourists who were earlier coming to the country via unspecialised bodies or individuals," he said.

As per the new amendments, all investors in the UAE will be required to have health insurance once the new visit visa rules are enforced by August 1.

"A deposit (refundable guarantee) of Dh1,000 will have to be made at the NRDs in the country before any type of visit visa is issued. This will be refunded once the visitor leaves the country," he added.

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