To provide more convenience to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) residents, an online facility has been established to process entry permits to those who wish to visit the United Arab Emirates through Dubai according to a Gulf News report.
The move is aimed at expediting passenger movement at airports and spare GCC residents from the trouble of waitingin queues when applying for visit visas, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs announced on Wednesday.
The online visa application system features online payment facility which helps applicants save time to pay visa fees.
Officials said that from October, all visa applications for GCC residents must be completed online. However, at the moment it is an option, while offline visa application remains in place.
Major General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, Director-General of the GDRFA-Dubai, said he encourages all GCC residents to apply for entry permits through the online portal.
“We are gradually introducing the system to allow the public to become more familiar with it before it becomes compulsory,” he told Gulf News. “The new system aims at making the entire entry-permit procedure a lot more convenient for GCC residents.”
Lt Col Talal Al Shanqeeti, Assistant of the Director-General for airport affairs at the GDRFA-Dubai, said after the beginning of October, GCC residents can no longer get entry permits at the airport upon arrival.
“All procedures will be redirected online,” he said. “At present, we are offering both options. But after October 1, 2015, GCC residents are required to complete their visa applications online before entering the country.”
GCC residents can apply for their visa online via the website of the GDRFA-Dubai.