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    New Schengen-style visa for GCC countries will ease travel across the region


    by Ruman Baig
    31 mins ago

    The Schengen-style approach will allow travellers to roam across all GCC countries in a hassle-free manner.
    Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. After this change is implemented, tourists from across the globe can plan a trip to all these countries without worrying about multiple visas.

    The important announcement came under light at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM). Fatima Al Sairafi, Minister of Tourism for the Kingdom of Bahrain said,”We see that happening very soon because we see people flying from abroad to Europe usually spending their time in several countries rather than in one country. We really saw the value this can bring not to each country but all of us.”
    Pointing to last year’s FIFA World Cup as a successful “test pilot” in terms of GCC collaboration, she further added, “We have huge opportunity, the effort is in how to unify all the countries in the GCC. We had 9.9 million visitors in 2022. How? There was one key initiative that year, we started to co-promote Bahrain as a unified destination with the GCC.

    With tourism becoming a major money-making arm across GCC, this initiative will further accelerate the revenue that travellers bring in.
    While there is yet to be an announcement about the offical implementation and the timeline, but so far, this unified effort feels like a step in the right direction.
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    UAE Green Visa: Here’s how freelancers and skilled workers can get 5-year residency


    by Ruman Baig
    1 hour ago

    If you want to move to UAE without being tied to an employer, the UAE Green visa is tailor-made for you.
    UAE’s Green visa allows its holder to sponsor themselves for 5 years without the requirement of a UAE national or employer to do the same.
    As per Abu Dhabi Residents Office (ADRO), the vision behind this new visa is to make the job market more felxible and invite extraordinary talent from across the globe to UAE. It comes with  not just a long-term residency solution but also serves more benefits to the families of the visa holder, as opposed to those with a standard residence visa.

    Who is eligible for this visa?
    Freelancers, self-employed and skilled employees can apply for a Green visa.
    Benefits of the Green Visa
    Removes  the need for employment to reside in the UAE.
    Allows sponsorship for sons up to the age of 25 and unmarried daughters of any age.
    The Green Visa also offers an extended grace period of six months after the 5-year validity is over.
    Application criterias for freelancers and/or self-employed people
    Freelancers and/or self-employed need to submit a freelance/self-employment permit from Ministry of Human Resources.
    Emiratisation proof of a bachelor’s degree or a specialised diploma.
    Evidence of annual income from self-employment for the previous two years amounting to not less than AED 360,000, or proof of financial solvency throughout their stay in the UAE.
    Application criterias for Skilled employees
    Must have a valid employment contract.
    Should be classified in the first, second or third occupational level as per Ministry of Human Resources.
    Hold a minimum of bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
    Have a salary of not less than AED 15,000 per month.
    Application criteria for investors
    Approval from the ICP on the investment as per the investors’ rating system.
    Investment proof, if the investor/partner has more than one licence, the total invested capital will be calculated accordingly.
    Approval from competent local authorities.
    Green Visa process and cost
    Visit or download the GDRFA-Dubai application.
    Create a new user account.
    Select the required service – Issuance of entry permit for green residence under Entry Permissions
    Click on the relevant subcategory: Skilled worker, investor, partner or freelance work
    Attach the required documents
    Pay the fees due for the service (Dhs2,280)
    Submit the request
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    UAE and Saudi residents can now apply for an e-visa to Japan


    by Sarah Joseph
    2 hours ago

    If Japan was on your travel bucket list this year, the process to visit is now a whole lot easier with the latest e-visa laws.
    The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up a new online tourist visa system, and only residents of a select few countries, including the the Emirates and KSA, as well as Brazil, UK, USA, Cambodia, Canada, Mongolia, Taiwan, Singapore and South Africa.
    JNTO’s Dubai office Executive Director Daisuke Kobayashi said the new measures will “will ease the process to visit Japan for touristic purposes.”
    As for Qatari nationals, a new “Visa Waiver Registration” Seal has been announced. They can now have their passports registered at the embassy. Upon registration, applicants will then receive a “Visa Waiver Registration” seal within their passport, which will entitle them to multiple short-term stays in Japan without a need for a visa for a period of 3 years or on the expiration date of the passport.
    For UAE nationals, the full visa waiver has been incredibly successful as no visa is required for them to visit the country.

    Application process
    All residents are required to apply more than 7 days before their trip. Applicants will need to apply via the dedicated website JAPAN eVISA, where upon successful submission, a digital confirmation visa will be sent to the applicant.
    At immigration, visitors will need to simply log on to the website and show the visa upon entry.
    The new system allows residents of permitted countries to apply for an online tourist visa which will grant e-visas for up to 90 days in Japan.
    No COVID-19 restrictions
    Per the Japanese government, the Japanese government has announced that it will cease COVID-19-related entry requirements to the country from May 8, 2023, in line with Covid-19 being classified as a common disease. This means travelers no longer need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test from May 8 onward.
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