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Single tourist visa system for GCC states

SINGLE TOURIST VISA SYSTEM FOR GCC STATES

It’s reported today that the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states are working on an automatic system for exchanging information online in a move to allow a single tourist visa system.
 
The draft bill behind the GCC single tourist visa, similar to the European single one (Schengen Visitor Visa), is subject to the completion of some technical procedures and is expected to commence in mid-2014.
 
It’s thought the system will allow a visitor with a GCC visit visa from entering all GCC countries and will be connected with the blacklists that have names and fingerprints of persons banned from entry to each and every member country.
 
Abdullah Al Shobaili, Assistant Undersecretary at the GCC for Economic affairs, told Saudi-based daily Al Hayat that 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.

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