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01 March 2024

Flydubai offers tourist visa with discounted airfare

By Waheed Abbas

Dubai-based low-cost carrier flydubai on Monday started offering special fares inclusive of tourist visa who want to bring their families and friends here.

Started today, the visa-inclusive fares have been offered for passengers coming from certain destinations in India, Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Yemen.

The airline will charge Dh1,180 from Karachi, Dh1,200 from Alexandria, Dh1,230 from Amman, Dh1,340 from Sialkot, Dh1,360 from Beirut, Dh1,370 from Sana’a, Dh1,390 from Khartoum, Dh1,450 from Multan, Dh1,490 from Ahmedabad, Dh1,520 for Colombo, Dh1,550 for Lucknow and Dh1,670 for Hyderabad.

The above-mentioned fares include all taxes, 30-day tourist visa and 20kg checked baggage.

The airline said special return fares must be booked by March 12, 2014, and the travel validity for economy class is between March 9, and June 10, 2014.

Those who wish to extend their visas for another 30 days will have to pay additional fee. A call center official told Emirates 24l7 that the visitor will have to personally apply for visa extension with the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department.

Other requirements to avail the offer are minimum salary should be Dh5,000, refundable deposit of Dh2,500 per person, submitting application for visa 10 days before the desired travel date, ticket must be issued within 5 days of booking created, visa-processing time is 4-5 days, passport copies of the passengers and the UAE residents, traveler’s 2 photos and NOC letter from office stating salary, the official said.

The carrier operates from Dubai’s Terminal 2 but will operate from Al Maktoum International (DWC) airport between May 1 and July 20, 2014 due to the runway maintenance of the Dubai International Airport.