Etihad launches online tourist visa service
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad has started an online tourist visa service for its passengers, a move that could attract more tourists, including from India, who are not automatically granted visas on arrival.Updated: May 20, 2010 13:41 IST
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad has started an online tourist visa service for its passengers, a move that could attract more tourists, including from India, who are not automatically granted visas on arrival.
The airline launched the service with the Indian-based TT Services, which has already been contracted as a visa outsourcing service provider in India, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Sweden and Russia.
"The service allows citizens and residents of the country where it is available, travelling on Etihad Airways to the UAE, to apply for quick and easy visa processing," the airline said.
The initiative is part of wider efforts by GCC states to boost the number of tourists arriving in the region.
As per the new facility, transit passengers travelling on Etihad's global network through its Abu Dhabi centre will now find it easier to change travel plans and stay for a few days in the UAE.
The service was launched in South Africa last month and India this month, and will be rolled out to a large number of countries on Etihad's network, the airline said.
Travellers from countries such as India who are travelling on Etihad to Abu Dhabi can apply by visiting the website of TT Services.
By the end of July, the online service will be available in almost 20 countries, as will a global website for people living outside their countries who require a UAE visa.
First Published: May 19, 2010 17:19 IST