A2A visa extension costs rise by 20% amid growing demand

Visitors can obtain a visa change on the same day or they can spend one night in the neighboring country and return the next day.

Visitors who wish to extend their visas using the airport-to-airport change of status service will have to pay up to 20 percent more compared to previous fees, travel industry experts revealed.

“The airline with which visitors travel has increased the price of the ticket by almost Dh125. Another factor for the increase in the package is the massive demand among visitors to stay in the country during the colder months.”

saying Shihab ParwadDirector General of Tourism Rehan Al Jazeera.

What is an A2A visa change?

The airport-to-airport visa change allows visitors to quickly obtain a new tourist visa by visiting the nearest country instead of flying back to the applicant’s home country.

Visitors can obtain a visa change on the same day or they can spend one night in the neighboring country and return the next day. The same-day process typically takes about four hours, and involves flying, waiting at the neighboring country’s airport, and returning on a later flight.

The current price starts at Dh1,500.

According to tourism companies, the 90-day visa was canceled by authorities during the last quarter of 2023, increasing demand for 60-day visas among visitors.

“The price of a 60-day visa used to start at Dh1,300. Now the price starts at Dh1,500.”

saying Libin Varghesehead of operations and sales at Rooh Travel and Tourism LLC.

The price depends on when visitors book the package. It’s cheaper if you book a month in advance, Varghese added.

In December 2022, the United Arab Emirates suspended the option for visit visa holders to extend their stay permits from within the country. Visit visa holders had to leave the country before they could return with a new visa. It was always mandatory for visit visa holders to leave the country and enter with a new visa, but the rules changed during the Covid-19 lockdown. During the pandemic, when travel became difficult, the UAE changed requirements on humanitarian grounds.

Industry experts highlighted that the price of a 30-day visa change by air has also increased from Dh1,200 to 1,300 dirhams (initial rates).

“The demand to extend the 60-day visa is really high. Our quota is sold out most days and we are having a hard time getting seats,”

saying Parwad

Massive demand

Experts mentioned that most longer-term visas are preferred by older people who are not willing to travel regularly.

“Due to the pleasant weather we are experiencing, many residents are calling their parents and relatives for extended periods to stay in the country. “This has added to the massive demand for visa changes from airport to airport.”

saying Varghese.

News Source: Khaleej Times

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