Emirates rolls out pre-approved visa on arrival for Indian travellers

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A newly implemented initiative enables eligible Emirates customers to skip the Visa-On-Arrival queue in Dubai.

The new pre-approved visa on arrival service is exclusive to Indian passport holders who have booked their travel on Emirates with a valid six-month visa for US, EU or UK Residency.

Simplifying Arrival Formalities

For Indian passport holders traveling with Emirates, the journey just got smoother. In an exclusive partnership with VFS Global, Emirates has introduced a pre-approved visa on arrival facility, tailored to enhance the travel experience for its customers.

Say goodbye to long queues and tedious visa application processes upon arrival in Dubai. The new initiative, fulfilled by the Dubai Visa Processing Centre (DVPC), offers Indian passport holders a hassle-free solution.

With a 14-day single entry visa issued in advance, travelers can breeze through customs and immigration, allowing them to quickly embark on their Dubai adventure.


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How to Avail the Service

Booking your flight with Emirates is the first step towards unlocking this convenient service. Whether you prefer to book directly through the airline’s website or via your trusted travel agent, the process remains seamless.

Upon completing your flight reservation, head to the ‘Manage an existing booking’ section on ethe link above. From there, simply click on the ‘apply for a UAE visa’ link to initiate the visa application process.

Requirements and Guidelines

Before applying for the pre-approved visa on arrival, it’s essential to familiarize yourself with the requirements and terms outlined by VFS Global Services.

The online UAE Visa application site, powered by VFS Global, provides comprehensive information to ensure a smooth application process. For detailed guidelines, visit the Emirates website’s dedicated visa and passport information section.

Eligibility Criteria

This exclusive service is tailored for Indian passport holders meeting specific criteria. To qualify, travelers must hold a valid six-month visa for the US, a US Green Card, EU Residency, or UK Residency.

However, it’s important to note that the issuance of visas remains subject to the discretion of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs.

Dubai: A Premier Destination for Indian Travelers

Dubai continues to captivate Indian travelers with its diverse offerings, ranging from iconic landmarks to luxurious accommodations.

Catering to every taste, age, and budget, the city presents an array of attractions waiting to be explored. Moreover, with a thriving Indian community, Dubai serves as a welcoming hub for visitors from India and across the globe.

Impressive Visitor Statistics

The appeal of Dubai to Indian travelers is evident in the staggering visitor statistics. According to Dubai Tourism data, the city welcomed over 2 million overnight visitors from India between January and October 2023.

This influx highlights Dubai’s enduring popularity as a favored destination among Indian tourists.

Extensive Connectivity with Emirates

Emirates’ extensive network further enhances accessibility for Indian travelers. With 167 weekly flights spread across nine destinations in India, Emirates seamlessly connects travelers to Dubai and beyond.

From major cities like Mumbai and Delhi to emerging hubs like Kochi and Ahmedabad, Emirates offers unparalleled connectivity, facilitating travel for passengers worldwide.

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By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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