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Hi guys,
what's the difference if I have to switch from tourist visa to residence?

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what's the difference if I have to switch from tourist visa to residence?
No difference on the outbound exit from UAE, just make sure that you are stamped into and out of Oman.

Then, when you get back to the UAE border where the normal tourist visa is issued you will need to present to them your passport along with the residency documentation (Pink form if I recall correctly).

They'll process it and quite likely take a few biometric scans with their newly installed kit. You're then in the UAE and under process to receive your full residency.

Do note though that if you're driving a rental car on a newly entered residential visa process it is a bit of a grey area as to how long you can drive without actually having obtained the UAE driving license (plenty of discussion in the forums about this).

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Just saw that on Gulf News, hope it is just a rumour for the sake of all job seekers.

"Travel agents and tour operators said that the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai has increased the cost of the single entry, 30-day tourist visa from Dh210 to Dh250 from January 1, and has withdrawn the 10-day grace period and the option to extend it for a month"

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I saw that also. It doesn't look like a rumor. I wonder how it affects those of us who don't pay for visa, like Americans. Anyway, it's getting harder and harder to stay here without a residency visa. I had started my own company and when we renew, we will get the visa option

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Just did a run for my OH and noticed that at the first checkpoint, just after Madam, where there used to be the occasional check from the police to see if you have Omani insurance they have now constructed a large covered unit across the road. This means that this 'insurance' checkpoint is likely to be permanently manned.

I told the officer that all I was doing was a visa run and he seemed happy not to worry about the insurance.

This is also strengthened by the fact that I have never been asked for the insurance whilst doing the Omani immigration procedures, whereas I've seen everyone who is going into Oman having to show it to get their entry visa.

Does anyone know whether there is an actual requirement for the insurance when only going to the border and back - logic gives me two answers, one being YES because you have to go through the 'Omani enclave' and the second being NO because it is 'inside' the UAE.

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@LesFroggits, so you were able to do your visa run despite this new regulation of no extensions beyond 30 days?

Also what did you mean by insurance? Were you referring to car insurances?

Does anyone have any new news with regards to the new regulations and how it affects the visa runs? Any information is much appreciated.

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@LesFroggits, so you were able to do your visa run despite this new regulation of no extensions beyond 30 days?

Also what did you mean by insurance? Were you referring to car insurances?

Does anyone have any new news with regards to the new regulations and how it affects the visa runs? Any information is much appreciated.

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Yes, absolutely no problems - the 'new' regulations as I understand it do NOT apply to those nationals who are eligible for Visa on Arrival. These new regulations will be for those that have to obtain a visit visa in advance of their arrival in the UAE.

Regarding 'insurance', yes it's vehicle insurance. All vehicles that are to enter Oman require additional insurance. It may well be the case if your car is owned by you that you have the option of taking this insurance on an annual basis. However, if you're renting the vehicle then Oman (or GCC) insurance is normally not included and has to be taken out for the duration of the visit. But as mentioned in my post it seems to not always be interpreted as necessary when only doing the visa run and not 'really' entering Oman.

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I own my car and my policy states it is valid for Oman. Once, I did a visa run to Musandam, which is a beautiful drive, and there this car insurance was required. However, I agree that it shouldn't be for Hatta, especially if you park on the UAE side of the border. I accidentally went through. It didn't matter though.

Regardless, I wasn't asked for proof of insurance when going to Hatta. I had brought my document showing I was covered.

I still maintain that the most important thing to do is mark your passport page with visit visa stamp. I do this each time I go thru immigration with the same tape flag. I had to have a pre-employment medical and I was asked to show the visit visa. Much easier if you don't have to go through a 90 page passport.

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I am making a visa run tomorrow to get my resident visa paperwork stamp. I have room for a couple folks, need to contact me ASAP, I can pick u up in route.

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visa application questions

I am asked to get all original documents attested at the UAE Embassy and then send to my new employer in Dubai.

I reside in UK but UAE embassy in UK would not attest documents from USA, and other European countries.
1. My diploma is from USA and clearly no need for me to fly there to UAE embassy in USA to get it attested
2. My birth certificate is in another European country

Anyways, where I am stuck is what are they attesting?
Normally if it is to say true copy of original or to witness a signature, etc
Birth Certificate is original and stamped by my own government. So what do they do?

Some of these are simple but I bet I randomly got an interesting person handling my questions a the embassy.

Any idea?

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