Emirates Airline is aiming to simplify travel to the UAE with the launch of an online visa service for its passengers visiting Dubai for business or leisure.
The feature - an extension of the online flight booking process at emirates.com - can be accessed by valid Emirates ticket holders from 35 select countries, including Japan. Only 30-day and 96-hour visit visas to Dubai, UAE are available through the new feature, subject to all pre-requisites being met.
The pre-requisites are defined by Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) as it takes the decision whether to grant the visa or not. A 96-hour visa will cost $44, while a 30-day visa will cost $57. Service fees are applied separately.
Visas are delivered via email within four international working days. Passengers can also continually track the status of their applications online at emirates.com
Groups and families stand to gain significantly as the feature accepts multiple requests of up to nine people as long as they are on the same booking.
In its initial phase the facility is being rolled out in 35 countries in the Far East, Indian sub-continent, Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. In the second phase, due to roll out in the coming weeks, offline markets will be targeted. These comprise countries that do not have Emirates services, but which connect to nearby gateways of the Dubai-based airline.© Japan Today