S/Arabia, UAE, other set to launch single tourist visa by 2014

Posted: September 4, 2013 in travel & tourism

Initiatives are taken to set up an automatic system for exchanging information online so to assist and put in effect a single tourist visa system by the six member state as reported by a senior official at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

As opinionated by Abdullah Al Shobaili, Assistant Undersecretary at the GCC for Economic affairs, an agreement needs to be enforced on different technical elements, especially the presence of an automatic system that links the member countries between the AGCC countries.

In his words, “The issue had been discussed at the joint meeting between the Tourist Cooperation Committee in the AGCC and the GCC Tourist counterpart in the AGCC Chambers of commerce and industry, which was held in Fujairah last year,” They undertook extensive study before deciding on the agreement.

The two laws unified are combating trade fraud and statutes for the protection of consumers, are near to completion. Both of them aim at protecting the parties concerned in the whole manufacturing process- producers, consumers, distributors, importers, exporters and the economic environment in general.

This system as reported by the officials will enable the visitor from entering all GCC countries as they will have GCC visit Visa. Moreover, it is connected with the blacklists which contain names and fingerprints of persons banned from entry to each and every member country.

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