Free UAE tourist visa for tourists under the age of 18 from July 15
Child must be accompanied by parent, scheme runs from July 15 to September 15 each year
Abu Dhabi: As of July 15, the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship will enforce a decision waiving the tourist visa fees of children under the age of 18 who are travelling to the UAE accompanied by their parents.
This comes in line with a cabinet decision issued in July of last year, which stipulates this waiver for the Under-18 category from July 15 to September 15 every year.
The waiver is for children under the age of 18 on the condition that they are accompanied by one of their parents coming to the UAE on a tourist visa irrespective of the validity of the visa, be it a short or long-term visa.
The authority called on tourists planning to visit the UAE this summer to benefit from this waiver, which saves money and encourages people to choose the UAE as a tourist destination.
Major General Saeed Rakan Rashidi, director general of the Foreigners Affairs and Ports Authority, said tourists could apply for the visa through its smart app (ICA UAE e-channels) in the category of family tourist visa, or through its website www.ica.gov.ae.
Those booking flights through national carriers Emirates, Etihad, Fly Dubai and Air Arabia, and licensed travel agencies, provided they buy tickets from their offices and UAE hotels, subject to a reservation.
The authority issues two types of tourist visa, short term for 30 days at Dh200 single entry, which can be extended twice for 30 days each time, and long term for 90 days at Dh550 that can be extended twice for 30 days each time. The fee to extend costs Dh600 each time.