What is the change? The UAE is waiving visa fees for dependents traveling to the UAE for tourist purposes this summer.

What does the change mean? Dependents 18 years and younger will not need to pay visa fees between July 15 and Sept. 15. The change is expected to boost tourism during the off-peak season.

  • Implementation time frame: July 15 – Sept. 15.
  • Visas/permits affected: Tourist visas.
  • Who is affected: Dependents 18 years old and younger.
  • Business impact: The change only impacts tourist travel and will not impact business travelers.

Background: The exemption was first announced by the UAE Cabinet in September last year. This will be the first year of its implementation.

Analysis & Comments: The change is good news for tourists as they will not need to pay visa fees for tourist stays this summer.

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