Indians with visit visas cannot travel to UAE yet: Envoy


Abu Dhabi, Aug 4 (IANS): Indian citizens were still now allowed to travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on visit visas until there is clarification on the travel protocol, Indian Ambassador Pavan Kapoor.

"At this point, it is not clear whether the UAE is allowing people to come on visit visas or not. We are awaiting clarity on that. Also, the government of India is yet to decide whether to allow people to travel on visit visas," he told Khaleej Times on Monday.

The envoy confirmed that airlines are not carrying passengers with visit visa as of now.

Khaleej Times had reported that Dubai has started issuing visit visas to more countries, including India, starting July 29.


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Though there was no official announcement, travel agents and Amer centre confirmed that restrictions on a number of nationalities have been lifted while issuing visit visas.

However, it was not clear how the visit visa holders would travel to the UAE as commercial flight operations are still suspended in India.

UAE-bound Vande Bharat mission flights operated by Air India and Air India Express are only flying people with valid UAE residence visa.

Kapoor said the embassy is inundated with queries related to visit visas.

"'We have a visit visa and why are you holding us back?' is what people are asking us. We do not want people landing up here on visit visas and have problems. So we have asked for clarifications and we will decide accordingly," said the ambassador.

Kapoor said jobseekers should "hold on" until things get clearer.

"If you have a confirmed job, then no problem. But our main concern is that people will travel to the UAE to seek jobs and end up in distress. If someone is coming on a visit visa to meet a family member, then it is okay. But if you are travelling for jobs, we need to ask whether it is the right time to do so."

Travel agents told Khaleej Times that all the visit visa applications, including that for Indian nationals, they submitted to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs are getting approved.

 

  

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Tue, Aug 4 2020

    Vishwa Guru is blocked by Corona status... India likely to push Brazil to third spot? no foreigner will visit India until Corona becomes non-issue...

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  • William, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 4 2020

    By simply glob-trotting one cannot become international leader.

    He toured the world without leaving any nook and corner, is there any positive outcome?

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 4 2020

    Positive response ??? There is no ???

    He chased CHINA away !!!???

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 4 2020

    Now that China is out of the menu, India is heavily 'Making in India'. No need to go anywhere, begging for jobs.

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  • GURKA, Mangaluru

    Tue, Aug 4 2020

    Why we need to go UAE since the 56 INCH chest PM is still live in the country who can promise to bring the CHANDA MAMA in their court yard. specifically majoritarians who still insisted to live good life rather opting to go back INDIA and do agriculture work. Why ? Why he cant make the promises real ! why Indian should work for another country like slave or A paid labourer ! why he cant work for his own country and make India proud. JUMLA all JUMLA

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  • Pinto, MANGALORE

    Tue, Aug 4 2020

    The reality is people work abroad for few years and build houses, own,cars and their children settle as well and finally retire peacefully... Whereas even after working for 10 years in India we don't own a house, no car, no bank balance.. to get a government job we have to pay bribes and if you get it by the grace of God u have to bribe the authorities for ur first salary,increment, da, promotion etc. And if u cannot afford bribing then most of them end up earning less than 15000 per month with hardly any savings at the end of the month...

    So it's better we go abroad and earn a better living and give a better future to our children...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Aug 4 2020

    What is the use of all those International Tours & Travels ...

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