UAE raises visa fees for Canadian travelers

Canadian travelers may have to pay up to $1,000 for Visas

Canadians traveling to the United Arab Emirates may be facing higher fees as the UAE has changes its fee structure for visas.

A 30-day visa now costs $250, a 90-day visa costs $500 and a six-month, multiple-entry visa costs $1,000, which is a very high price by international standards. Previously, a one-month visa to the UAE for Canadians was free. Over 30 other countries still enjoy free 30-day visas when visiting the UAE.

The maximum duration of each visit for the six-month multiple-entry visa is 14 days.

Unfortunately, many Canadians live in the UAE and many people in the UAE have relatives in Canada, presenting a challenge for travelers to and from Canada with the new fees.

Visa hike for Canadian travelers retaliatory

The UAE’s large air carriers had been looking to increase the number of flights to and from Canada, but negotiations haven’t been going very well (Canada has denied expanded landing rights for the UAE) and it would appear that the UAE is retaliating by increasing visa fees.

The UAE are home to about 25,000 Canadians and about 200 Canadian businesses operate in the UAE, and the UAE has stated that the mere six weekly flights between the countries was not enough for such active trading partners. The UAE is the largest trading partner with Canada in that region of the world.

The new visa fees for Canadian travelers start on January 2, 2011, and Canadians are being asked to apply for visas at least 15 days before their departure.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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