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Old 24th April 2013, 08:12 AM
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Argh I would have loved to!

Booked my flight to Bahrain yesterday instead as I didn't think anyone would get back to me. Maybe next time?

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Anyone extended visa instead of doing a run? I think it costs around 700 DHM (or 1k, not sure), but anyway my question is, what is the procedure? Do they ask questions?

Obviously I am sure it is very smooth for UK or US or EU citizens, but how does it go for Indians, Russians or Pakistanis? (Assuming they have 1 month tourist visa)


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Obviously I am sure it is very smooth for UK or US or EU citizens, but how does it go for Indians, Russians or Pakistanis? (Assuming they have 1 month tourist visa)
If they come in on a visa that is eligible for extension, then its petty straight forward ... usually the person/agency/airline that you got sponsored by for the visa help in taking care of it ... good info here

http://www.dubaifaqs.com/visit-visa-renewal.php
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Hi guys

I'll be needing to do my first border run next weekend. Just a couple of questions... what is the process? Is it simply a case of crossing into Oman at Hatta and then coming back, or is there more to it? And is there a limit to the number of times you can do that crossing? And how long does it usually take roughly?

We have a friend in Al Ain so we'll go and see him, probably next time and do the crossing there if it's possible?

Is there anything else we should be aware of? We're UK nationals if that's relevant.

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i posted this elsewhere, so i apologize if this message is overkill.
so i intend to arrive in Dubai in the middle of June.
I will have a work visa ready for the end of August, but that gives me 2 1/2 months to be in visa limbo.
can Canadians do border runs?
a friend said his friend's Canadian mom did one with her Canadian passport, but i sort of want to make certain that i will be okay before i book my plane ticket...
i imagine that i may get a 30day visa and try to extend, but i will likely pay for a 60 day visa.
i would love to be able to come and go from Dubai (and take a couple of summer holidays), but i imagine that being a Canadian that i won't be able to...

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i posted this elsewhere, so i apologize if this message is overkill.
so i intend to arrive in Dubai in the middle of June.
I will have a work visa ready for the end of August, but that gives me 2 1/2 months to be in visa limbo.
can Canadians do border runs?
a friend said his friend's Canadian mom did one with her Canadian passport, but i sort of want to make certain that i will be okay before i book my plane ticket...
i imagine that i may get a 30day visa and try to extend, but i will likely pay for a 60 day visa.
i would love to be able to come and go from Dubai (and take a couple of summer holidays), but i imagine that being a Canadian that i won't be able to...

thanks-
from a person trying to get the HECK out of Jakarta!!!
You can easily find info online (simply web search) regarding the Hatta Run process, including travel time from Dubai. A gentle reminder: standard car insurance in UAE is not valid in Oman.

If you plan to "take several summer vacations", then assuming these will be outside of the UAE, then you might not need to make the Hatta Run. If you travel out/back from Dubai, then your 30 day visitor visa starts again...

You actually have 40 days on a 30 day visit visa. After this point you will be fined for overstay.

You mentioned 60 day visit visa. Yes, it is possible to buy an extension to your 30 day visit visa. This you purchase from the Dubai authorities. The fee is in the order of 800 AED. you would need to check the latest details for this...

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Since the start of April 2013, an agreement was reached between Canada/UAE governments to be friendly again (in terms of trade and travel visa). Again, a simple web search will enlighten you as to the reason for the disagreement and what has been done recently to overcome this. In summary: Canadians no longer need to pay a large sum for UAE visit visa.


So, what made you think that Canadians would have greater trouble getting into, or out of, Dubai/UAE?

All the best, NiteBaron

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thanks for your response.
though a new agreement has been reached regarding canadians in april, these changes haven't been instated yet. canadians still haven't been granted visas on arrival. simple web searches explain that things will get better, but nothing says exactly to what extent or when.
at this point, i doubt that i will be able to travel this summer at all, as we don't get visas on arrival, and i wouldn't get granted the 30 day visa as some people from some other countries are.
i am waiting to hear back from some emails regarding this and am going to continue to try to call.
thanks for your response. i just want to cover all of my bases before i arrive if i can.
unlike jakarta where things can be fairly cheaply adjusted, i know that dubai is very different.

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Hi, is anyone doing a run next week? I don't have a car but happy to split costs.

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thanks for your response.
though a new agreement has been reached regarding canadians in april, these changes haven't been instated yet. canadians still haven't been granted visas on arrival. simple web searches explain that things will get better, but nothing says exactly to what extent or when.
at this point, i doubt that i will be able to travel this summer at all, as we don't get visas on arrival, and i wouldn't get granted the 30 day visa as some people from some other countries are.
i am waiting to hear back from some emails regarding this and am going to continue to try to call.
thanks for your response. i just want to cover all of my bases before i arrive if i can.
unlike jakarta where things can be fairly cheaply adjusted, i know that dubai is very different.
You are correct. The agreement reached earlier this month has not yet been out into force. This was indicated to take place "within a month". Assuming this happens, your travel in June should be easier & cheaper.

Agree that this lack of clarity does not help you with your travel plans. It might be the case that your initial arrival is subject to the current procedures (visit visa obtained in advance and for a hefty fee), and that future travel is through new process - using Hatta Run or other travel outside of UAE.

At this stage you might find best recourse is to obtain trusted info from Canadian Consulate, or to contact the UAE dept responsible for such matters http://dnrd.ae/en/Customer_Care/Pages/ContactUs.aspx (online chat and internal phone number listed).

Good luck

All the best, NiteBaron

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aptly put, and thanks again for taking the time to reply.
of course i have nightmares of being in dubai, no problem, for 2 months, and then coming into major trouble because i have overstayed for two weeks until my work visa is put into place.
i will call the embassy tonight, and will also afterwards ask my school, if need be, if they can attempt to have my work visa ready for mid august rather than the end...
fingers crossed that this bureaucratic crap gets sorted quickly. i just don't hold my breath as bureaucracy doesn't tend to go that way...

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