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Now faster, hassle-free UAE visas for tourists

Inviting family, friends was never this easy as new service requires minimum documentation and no deposit

  • By Sharmila Dhal, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 21:08 February 20, 2013
  • XPRESS

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  • UAE calling: The service is independent of hotel, tour or airline visas and makes it easy for residents to invite family, friends to see and experience the sights and sounds of the UAE
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Dubai A Dubai-based private tour operator has introduced a new service in India to issue hassle-free express visas for tourists coming to the UAE. It is being extended to Pakistan, Russia, China and other countries as well.

“Residents can call their family and friends on this visa which will be issued to them either here or in the home country as per their convenience. The application process is simple and hassle-free. It entails minimum documentation and we do not ask for any deposit except in some cases,” Kulwant Singh Lama, Managing Director of Lama Tours, told XPRESS.

Independent visas

The express visas are not necessarily linked to any hotel, tour or airline packages. But Lama said applicants can opt for these additional services. “They can get our airline group fare benefits or our discounted tour and hotel packages if they wish.”

He said: “All that a resident needs to do is call our office here (800LAMA) or visit our website www:lamadubai.com, to find out the most convenient location where the visitor’s visa application can be submitted. It could be here or in their home country. In India, we have offices in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai.”

The documentation for visa applications includes the visitor’s passport and photograph, provided all legal requirements are met. In some cases, documentation like employment letters or bank statements may be required.

Lama said: “We provide the visas electronically within two-three days of the application. We can also provide the M-Visa whereby a barcode sent on a mobile phone can be shown on arrival at immigration here for scanning.”

Lama said the fee is Dh350 for a 14-day visa, Dh650 for a 30-day visa and Dh1,550 for a 60-day visa. If the visitor wants the original (pink) copy, it will cost an additional Dh150.

He said the service, launched as a pilot project during the Dubai Shopping Festival, received over 180 applications in one month. “In full steam now, we are targeting around 25,000 visas in a year.”

Last year, Lama Tours issued 150,000 visas to tourists through hotel and tour packages.

Comments (16)

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  1. Added 12:42 February 21, 2013

    Can't make out whether it's a news article or an advertisement of Lama Tours.

    Ambuj Tripathi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 12:30 February 21, 2013

    After enquiring with Lama Tours office today in Dubai, we came to know that a deposit of Dh5,000 is required even for a tourist visa for a blood relative despite Kulwant Singh's claims.

    Hamida, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 11:57 February 21, 2013

    This is a very good news to every body. I wish my parents can visit me in Dubai sometimes. If it's so easy to process the visa then my wish will surely come true.

    esra, dubai, Philippines

  4. Added 11:32 February 21, 2013

    Is the visa free for an Iranian as well?

    Abdolaziz, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 11:04 February 21, 2013

    Don't confuse people with wrong information. They are asking for Dh5,000 deposit for Russians, so I can imagine how much it would cost for other nationalities. The process with Lama Tours is no different from any other travel agency or even the Immigration Office.

    Marina, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 10:10 February 21, 2013

    It is good to know. However from the title it appears that there is some change in the rules but reading it reveals that it is a product by a tourism company.

    Ali Sheikh, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 09:41 February 21, 2013

    Dear Reorter, I would request you to kindly upload a photo where you can see the face. I am just asking for the basics.

    Reader, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 09:25 February 21, 2013

    This is not a surprise news as there are other tour company providing 1 month via with Dh500 and you will get it within two days...and moreover in India you will get 1 month visa for Rs5,000 (approx Dh350).

    jafar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 09:12 February 21, 2013

    This service is provided by all travel agencies. I have made use of it in the last six months. Sounds like a paid news article. Works better than an AD I suppose.

    Paily, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 08:15 February 21, 2013

    Is this an AD for Lama Tours???

    vinod, shj, United Arab Emirates

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