New M-visa system set for January launch

High-tech system aimed at speeding up UAE visa applications to be launched in 2009.

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By  Andy Sambidge Published  October 22, 2008

A new high-tech system aimed at speeding up visa applications will be introduced to Dubai early next year, it has been announced.

Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) will launch the new mobile M-Visa facilities which will send instant notifications via email and text messages upon issuance of their entry visa permits.

From January 2009, visitors to the emirate can apply for their entry permits at where they will be asked to make the relevant payment to enable them to receive their visa via email or text message.

When a visa is issued, customers will be notified through an email and SMS message.

The email includes an original visa document (PDF format) bearing the DNRD logo and the signature of the DNRD director.

The SMS can be sent to any destination around the world and the UAE-based sponsor will also receive the same notifications.

Upon arrival at any of UAE entry points, the barcode scanner set up at the DNRD check points will read the details of the entry permit directly off the mobile phones of the visitors to make their entry into the country easy and quick.

Major General Mohamed Ahmed Al Marri, director of DNRD, said: “The use of M-Visa facilities is convenient, secure, easy, and will reduce wait time. It is very important for us to increase our customers’ satisfaction and travel experience in the UAE.”

Customers will have the chance to track their applications online and request emails and text messages to be resent or saved according to their convenience.

The DNRD will begin the service in January 2009 at Dubai entry points.

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