Peter's Post: In-transit visas for Dubai
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I would like to spend a day in Dubai on my way to Britain. Do I need to get a visa in advance to leave the airport or would I be able to get one on arrival? — Linda Elton
There is a visa-on-arrival service at Dubai Airport, but not for South African passport holders. South Africans need to apply for a visa in advance, but it is not that difficult. If you fly with Emirates, you can get a visa through their website. You could be entitled for a free visa for a stay of less than 36 hours if you buy an Emirates stopover package. You can also buy a 96-hour visa for R560. Check www.emirates.com, speak to your travel agent or try the visa processing centre on 011 783 4685.