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VISA UPDATES THAT INDIAN TRAVELLERS WILL BENEFIT FROM

As the summer holiday season approaches rapidly, it is time to begin planning your travel itinerary. It is crucial to keep yourself informed about the latest visa regulations to ensure a smooth and hassle-free journey. Staying updated will not only help you make informed decisions but also maximize your travel experience. In essence, being aware of visa requirements and updates can significantly impact your trip. For the year 2024, there are some important visa updates that every Indian traveler should take note of. Japan has introduced eVisa applications for Indian travelers, managed by Japan Visa Application Centers operated by VFS Global.

This streamlined process maintains the traditional steps of submitting documents and applications to VFS. The eVisa is designed for short-term tourism, offering a single-entry option for stays of up to 90 days. Both Indian nationals and foreigners residing in India are eligible to apply. It is worth mentioning that visas will now be issued electronically instead of physical stickers in passports. Upon approval, travelers must display a visa issuance notice on their mobile device at the airport, requiring internet connectivity. Please be aware that alternative formats such as PDFs or printed copies of the eVisa will not be accepted.

Dubai has recently introduced a new visa program tailored specifically for Indian travelers, reflecting the significant increase in visits from India. This visa option provides a five-year, multiple-entry permit, allowing travelers to stay up to 90 days per visit, extendable once, not exceeding 180 days annually. This visa is suitable for both business and leisure trips, permitting unlimited entries and exits within the five-year period. Requirements include a passport photo, six months’ worth of bank statements showing a balance of at least $4,000 (INR 3,33,447), a valid passport with a minimum validity of six months, health insurance, and round-trip flight tickets. The application process typically takes 2-5 days, with submissions accepted through the GD.

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