Abu Dhabi extends 96-hour transit visa to all nationalities

On-arrival transit visas now open to all in under 30 minutes in airport tourism drive

The Knowledge

Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism today announced that 96-hour transit visas will now be available on arrival to passengers from all nationalities.

The transit visa initiative, launched jointly with Abu Dhabi Airports, Etihad Airways and General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs - Abu Dhabi, is part of Abu Dhabi’s ongoing efforts to attract more visitors to the capital.

To further refine the visa process, a new visa counter is to launch in Terminal 3 to grant tourist and transit visas on arrival within 15 to 30 minutes.

The four-day transit visa, previously available on arrival only to citizens of some countries, is for the use of passengers with planned trips from AUH or intermediate flights through Abu Dhabi en route to another destination, as long as the layover exceeds four hours.

The cost of the transit visa, which is also available online, was also reduced to Dhs300, opening the city and its top attractions up to more passengers. Travellers can request to change it to a tourist visa at the airport if they are planning to extend their stay in the capital.

Additionally, the Etihad Airways’ stopover programme offers passengers with a two-night stay from a choice of over 60 participating hotels in Abu Dhabi the second night for free. Business Class guests receive a complimentary night’s stay, while First Class guests receive two free nights.

Etihad Airways’ guests flying in The Residence cabin onboard the airline’s flagship Airbus A380 will be treated to two complimentary nights at Emirates Palace during their stopover.

Brigadier Mansour Ahmed Ali Al Dhaheri, Director-General of Residency and Foreigners Affairs - Abu Dhabi, said: “The launch of the new entry visa system strengthens the country’s efforts to maintain its regional leadership and position on the global map in the fields of tourism, economy and education.”

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