DNRD and flydubai trial mobile visa service
Email and mobile visa service trial opens with UAE budget airline
The Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) and budget airline flydubai have announced trials of a new email and mobile phone visa service.
The m-visa service will allow visitors to the UAE to apply for a visa either at DNRD offices or using the online application at www.dnrd.ae, with the entry visa then provided electronically, via SMS or email, with authentication from a DRND e-logo and e-signature.
On arrival, the visitor just needs to present their mobile phone or a pdf print out, so that immigration officers can scan the barcode contained therein, and retrieve the visa.
His Excellency Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, DNRD's Director General said: "The launch of our electronic visa service with flydubai highlights our commitment to making the visa process as easy as possible for the public. This new development is in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, in enabling DNRD to carry out its mission to serve the community and the public.
"DNRD's management is in a constant search for the latest electronic technologies and how to employ them to speed up procedures and reduce congestion in branches of the DNRD. The new service enables people to complete a transaction simply and easily in line with the strategy of the DNRD to provide the best services to all customers in the country and abroad through the use of the latest advanced technology such as the Internet and mobile devices. M -Visa will be used to inform customers immediately via e-mail and SMS text messaging when visas are ready," he added.
The m-visa service will begin a three month trial with flydubai from 19th May.
Ghaith Al Ghaith, flydubai's CEO said: "We are delighted to work in partnership with the DNRD to offer this unprecedented service in Dubai. The visa process can be a lengthy one and a real hindrance to travel. flydubai and the DNRD have established this partnership to find a way of making the system easier, quicker and more reliable.
"We are very pleased to have been chosen as the launch customer by DNRD as this type of service highlights our commitment to making travel a little less complex, a little less stressful, and a little less expensive. I am confident it will be popular with our passengers." Al Ghaith added.