DXB Visa needed for SA citizen

Old Oct 31, 17, 12:19 am
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DXB Visa needed for SA citizen

I believe I need a Visa for my upcoming Dubai visit, and am travelling with BA

i believe that hotels in DXB can arrange these, so I contacted the hotel booked through Booking.com, to be advised that I need to have paid for minimum 3nights (I am staying 2), plus a fee of 360AED, and a security deposit of 5000AED.

I feel they are trying to rip me off as this seems completely ridiculous.

Can anyone offer advice?

I did try to look at the UAE London embassy site, but it's not as helpful as I'd like.
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Old Oct 31, 17, 4:17 am
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Originally Posted by Cris L View Post
I believe I need a Visa for my upcoming Dubai visit, and am travelling with BA

i believe that hotels in DXB can arrange these, so I contacted the hotel booked through Booking.com, to be advised that I need to have paid for minimum 3nights (I am staying 2), plus a fee of 360AED, and a security deposit of 5000AED.

I feel they are trying to rip me off as this seems completely ridiculous.

Can anyone offer advice?

I did try to look at the UAE London embassy site, but it's not as helpful as I'd like.
SA = South Africa? Yes, you will need a visa

It's a pain for the hotels as they run the risk of fines and so on if you overstay etc. Try South Travels or one of the other larger travel agencies. Google is your friend here.
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Old Nov 13, 17, 7:26 am
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You could advance to E.visa online, this is much more easy!
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Old Nov 14, 17, 3:28 am
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You could advance to E.visa online, this is much more easy!
Basically the same. Both are travel agencies.
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Old Nov 15, 17, 2:56 pm
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Originally Posted by Reds2011 View Post
Basically the same. Both are travel agencies.
I believe it is not, it should be issued by the state not a travel agent
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Old Nov 16, 17, 2:49 am
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Originally Posted by MarcoKingsly View Post
I believe it is not, it should be issued by the state not a travel agent
There is no e-visa channel for tourists requiring a visa, i.e. you cannot apply on your own behalf (unless you are a resident of another GCC country and your visa profession is on the approved list). In the OP's example, this is not a valid option.

A resident of the UAE can apply for an e-visa online for someone, but they are in effect sponsoring them.

Any website offering online tourist visas is backed by a travel agent who becomes the sponsor of the visitor - the travel agency makes the application on their behalf.
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