Tourism

Why is the tourist permit taking time to be implemented?

The single tourist visa was recently approved by the ministers of the countries of the region

He Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) single tourist visa is taking time to be implemented as governments are working on integrating their systems and security aspects before the launch, a senior official said on Thursday.

“The GCC tourist visa is already announced. There are multiple integrations from different states with their own requirements, such as security requirements for each country, ensuring that everything is aligned for these developments. These implementations are taking time.”

saying Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Trade Marketing (DTCM).

Kazim spoke on the second day of the Skift Conference held at Atlantis, The Royal, on Thursday.

Ministers from countries in the region recently approved the single GCC tourist visa, which is in line with the Schengen-style visa and allows visitors to explore the six Arab Gulf countries.

Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, Minister of Economy of the UAErecently said that visa-specific regulations and legislation will be developed, with specific implementation between 2024 and 2025, subject to the readiness of each GCC country’s internal systems.

The Gulf States are also working on the framework of visa fees.

It is believed that the United Arab Emirates, especially Dubai, and Saudi Arabia would be the biggest beneficiaries of this new visa, as Dubai is a global tourist destination, while Saudi Arabia attracts a large number of religious tourists to Mecca and Medina. Hence, executives in the sector predict that there will be a strong flow of tourists between these two countries.

News Source: Khaleej Times

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