There is now an app to get a visa to the United Arab Emirates. Available to travellers flying on Emirates, the Dubai Visa Processing Centre (DVPC) app is free, and available for iOS and Android devices. Passengers can apply for an e-visa to UAE via this app launched by VFS Global. All you need to be able to use this app to apply for a visa is confirmed Emirates flight tickets for a return journey to UAE or for a journey onward from UAE. The e-visa application process is pretty simple. You just need to enter your last name and the Emirates booking reference number. This will pull up the flight details and lead you to the online payment. Once the payment is made, you can expect your visa via email within four international working days. (ALSO SEE 12 unbelievably spectacular aerial photos of Dubai that will blow your mind!)
The DVPC app can be used to request for a single-entry visa for 96 hours, 30 days, or 90 days, based on your itinerary. You need to apply up to four international working days prior to the Emirates flight departure date as the processing takes four days. In case you need the visa urgently, you can pay extra to apply up to two international working days prior to your flight departure date. You can also track the status of your application process as the app stores passengers’ visa application history. Even if you are not applying for the visa, the app can be used for other information like types of visa, pricing and requirements. It also offers directions via Google Maps to physical visa application centers for those passengers who don’t prefer applying online.
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