The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has put a stop to the issuance of three-month visit visas. This information came to light on Thursday, October 19, 2023, and was confirmed by an official from the Federal Authority For Identity, Citizenship, Customs & Port Security (ICP).
The official stated that while the three-month entry permit was available a few months ago, it can no longer be granted. The UAE is a popular destination for tourists and business travelers alike.
However, this new development means that visitors to the UAE will now have to opt for either a 30- or 60-day visa. This change was also confirmed by travel agents who reported that the option to request a three-month visit visa is no longer available on the portal they use to issue permits.
The three-month visit visa was previously discontinued during the COVID-19 pandemic but was reintroduced as a leisure visa in May.
This move facilitated the travel of thousands of people to the UAE. However, with the recent discontinuation, only first-degree relatives of residents can avail of the 90-day visa. Residents can bring their parents or relatives to this three-month scheme.
This decision by the UAE authorities marks a significant shift in the country’s immigration policy. It remains to be seen how this will impact the flow of visitors to the UAE, a country that boasts a thriving economy fueled by industries like finance, tourism, and oil, and is home to iconic landmarks and luxurious resorts.