Emirates airline announced that effective immediately, all customers can secure UAE visas quickly and efficiently online at www.emirates.com. Emirates launched the application tool in response to new regulations in effect January 2, 2011, requiring that Canadian nationals travelling to the UAE have a valid visa. The visa requirement does not apply to passengers in transit to another destination via Dubai.
“Emirates aims to make the process of securing visas as seamless as possible for Canadians travelling to the UAE so they can focus on enjoying Emirates’ award winning, world-class service aboard the luxurious Emirates A380,” said Don McWilliam, Emirates’ Manager – Canada.
All ticketed Emirates customers can apply for and purchase a 96-hour or 30-day UAE visa at Emirates.com available for $44 USD* and $57 USD* respectively, with payment accepted by credit or debit card. Once approved, the visa is delivered electronically within 10 business days.
Customers must upload copies of their passport bio page, a photograph and proof of residence in order to process the submission and can then easily track the status online. The passenger’s flight itinerary must contain flights in and out of Dubai and one-way flights are not eligible. The maximum application time is 60 business days prior to entrance into the UAE and only one active visa per individual is allowed at any time.
“We want to simplify the process and make it as easy as possible for our guests. We are confident that Emirates’ online visa application system will facilitate Canadian travellers’ plans to visit Dubai,” added McWilliam.
The application system is hosted by VFS Global Services, which will handle all customer support inquiries for pending visa applications. The service is available in English only.