96hr stopover visa
Replies: 8 - Last Post: May 30, 2013 2:25 AM Last Post By: veralynn
May 14, 2013 2:14 PM
96hr stopover visaHi there,
I'm traveling to Asia via Dubai, and have a 15hr layover, not nice. I was wondering if its at all possible to obtain a short stay visa upon arrival so I can check in to a hotel and get some sleep.
At the end of my trip I will be traveling back home again from Asia via Dubai, I assume I'll need to apply again for a 96hr visa due to another long layover that I'd rather spend sleeping in a hotel close to airport.
Must this type of visa be done prior to departure or can I just do it upon arriving in Dubai? If so, is the an info desk in arrivals for visa enquiries, etc?
Anyone, please advise if you know the correct procedure.
May 14, 2013 5:21 PM
May 14, 2013 11:21 PM
2Assuming that you dont quality for a visa on arrival (its useful to tell people what your nationality is when you want to know about visas), then yes you need to sort this in advance.
I'm also guessing you're travelling on Emirates, in which case they will arrange for a transit visa for you on request. You need to contact them and ask them what the process is. It costs around $50 USD.
This also is applicable if you're on any other airline with a single ticket for the whole trip.
If you're travelling on two different airlines or tickets then you will struggle to get a transit visa, as neither airline will want to take responsibility for you.
May 15, 2013 1:25 PM
May 15, 2013 7:53 PM
4Why did nobody ask:
is this 15 hour layover your fault or the airline's due to timetabling?
Whenever I have had this issue and it is the airline’s issue I check if they are a member of IATA - International Air Transport Association. Emirates is a member.
Airlines which are members of IATA are 'obligated' under IATA's Good Customer Service Guidelines to provide a passenger with accommodation, transport, visa (if required) and food vouchers IF the layover is the cause of the airline. Please note that this is a Guideline.
It is also part of the IYDAYDR – ‘If you don't ask you don't receive’ - most IATA member airlines like to maintain a good customer service image.
Did you book this yourself rather than using a human being - aka Travel Agent?
After 30 years international travel experience departing from Australia, I have always experienced ‘airline enforced stopovers’ due to timetabling glitches with the same carrier or shared network. I have also always used a travel agent and as a result received excellent customer service from the various airlines when faced with this issue.
May 19, 2013 1:35 AM
5Maybe nobody wanted to deprive you of the chance to get on your hobby horse?
The reason I didnt ask is because having made the assumption that it was an Emirates transit, I knew that it's entirely likely that the transit stops will not qualify the OP for a free hotel. Emirates' business model is based on being a transit hub and they are extremely efficient in designing schedules which make them money. This includes ensuring that a minimum of their flight routings fall into the hotel provision obligation, whilst staying strictly within the rules.
In fairness to them, they are also very efficient at notifying their passengers if the schedule does entitle them to a hotel - if you book online on the Emirates website, it will tell you if you qualify for accommodation at the time you make the booking, and what you need to do to arrange it. On that basis, I assumed that the OP didnt qualify.
May 29, 2013 2:09 AM
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May 30, 2013 2:25 AM
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