Single GCC visa system for cruise tourists

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The GCC countries looking to attract tourists for cruise holidays are planning to implement a single visa for all six countries to allow easy passage between borders for visitors, according to a leading UAE official.

Hamad Mohamed bin Mejren, executive director for business tourism at the UAE Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said the concept is closer to reality after many years of discussion between the governments of UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

“It will happen for sure before the next season. So it should be done by September this year,” he was quoted as saying in regional media.

“That is what we hope for [a single visa for all countries). That’s what we have conveyed and that’s what we hope will happen.”

The introduction of a single visa system would make it easier for passengers to cross the borders of the six countries without having to pre-apply for entry.

Many cruise businesses use Dubai as a hub and then sail to other countries such as Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait.

The regional tourism industry has been urging federal authorities to implement a single visa system for the past four years. Cruise tourism is gaining in popularity around the world and the GCC is hoping to benefit from its global growth.

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The GCC countries looking to attract tourists for cruise holidays are planning to implement a single visa for all six countries to allow easy passage between borders for visitors, according to a leading UAE official.

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The GCC countries looking to attract tourists for cruise holidays are planning to implement a single visa for all six countries to allow easy passage between borders for visitors, according to a leading UAE official.

Hamad Mohamed bin Mejren, executive director for business tourism at the UAE Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said the concept is closer to reality after many years of discussion between the governments of UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

“It will happen for sure before the next season. So it should be done by September this year,” he was quoted as saying in regional media.

“That is what we hope for [a single visa for all countries). That’s what we have conveyed and that’s what we hope will happen.”

The introduction of a single visa system would make it easier for passengers to cross the borders of the six countries without having to pre-apply for entry.

Many cruise businesses use Dubai as a hub and then sail to other countries such as Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait.

The regional tourism industry has been urging federal authorities to implement a single visa system for the past four years. Cruise tourism is gaining in popularity around the world and the GCC is hoping to benefit from its global growth.

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