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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Transit Visa in UAE is Now Free - Here's How To Avail

The UAE Cabinet has approved new visa regulations, which impact immigration and labour laws, transit passengers, widows and divorcees, overstaying individuals, people of determination and more.

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The UAE Cabinet has approved new visa regulations, which impact immigration and labour laws, transit passengers, widows and divorcees, overstaying individuals, people of determination and more.  The UAE Cabinet on Wednesday adopted a number of strategic policies with regards to foreign workers’ insurance in the private sector, as well as a legislative package concerning visa facilities.   The decisions were approved on Wednesday during a cabinet meeting chaired  HH Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.   Among the decision is to approve the proposal to exempt transit passengers from all entry fees for the first 48 hours. The 48-hour free transit visa can be extended for up to 96 hours for a fee of only Dh50. Obtaining transit visa will be facilitated by a number of express counter at the passport-control hall across UAE airports.    Travel agencies report that the announcement has stirred up a lot of interest from customers, citing that they have been swamped with queries since the visa policy was first unveiled.   Airports across the UAE attract millions of passengers every year and a huge chunk of that are transit. In 2017, around 70 percent of passengers transit through UAE airports in 2017 en route to international destinations.    Dubai alone saw a total of 15.79 million visitors in 2017, up by 6.2 percent over a year earlier. The majority of the tourists were from India, United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.   Here is what we know so far about what the UAE government has decided to implement:  1. Flyers passing through UAE with onward journeys can get a transit visa valid for 48 hours or two days, free of charge.  2. The transit visa can be extended up to 96 hours (four days), but a fee of Dh50 will be charged.  3. Transit visas can be obtained upon arrival.  4. Express counters at the passport-control hall across UAE airports including Dubai and Abu Dhabi, will be on hand to issue the visa.  5. Current transit visa policy does not allow all transit passengers to stay in the UAE even for a limited period. Indians, for example, can obtain a transit visa if their final destination is the United States, United Kingdom or Europe.  6. The new rules are expected to be implemented in the 4th Quarter of 2018.  Source: Gulf News

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The UAE Cabinet on Wednesday adopted a number of strategic policies with regards to foreign workers’ insurance in the private sector, as well as a legislative package concerning visa facilities.

The decisions were approved on Wednesday during a cabinet meeting chaired  HH Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.


Among the decision is to approve the proposal to exempt transit passengers from all entry fees for the first 48 hours. The 48-hour free transit visa can be extended for up to 96 hours for a fee of only Dh50. Obtaining transit visa will be facilitated by a number of express counter at the passport-control hall across UAE airports.

The UAE Cabinet has approved new visa regulations, which impact immigration and labour laws, transit passengers, widows and divorcees, overstaying individuals, people of determination and more.  The UAE Cabinet on Wednesday adopted a number of strategic policies with regards to foreign workers’ insurance in the private sector, as well as a legislative package concerning visa facilities.   The decisions were approved on Wednesday during a cabinet meeting chaired  HH Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.   Among the decision is to approve the proposal to exempt transit passengers from all entry fees for the first 48 hours. The 48-hour free transit visa can be extended for up to 96 hours for a fee of only Dh50. Obtaining transit visa will be facilitated by a number of express counter at the passport-control hall across UAE airports.    Travel agencies report that the announcement has stirred up a lot of interest from customers, citing that they have been swamped with queries since the visa policy was first unveiled.   Airports across the UAE attract millions of passengers every year and a huge chunk of that are transit. In 2017, around 70 percent of passengers transit through UAE airports in 2017 en route to international destinations.    Dubai alone saw a total of 15.79 million visitors in 2017, up by 6.2 percent over a year earlier. The majority of the tourists were from India, United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.   Here is what we know so far about what the UAE government has decided to implement:  1. Flyers passing through UAE with onward journeys can get a transit visa valid for 48 hours or two days, free of charge.  2. The transit visa can be extended up to 96 hours (four days), but a fee of Dh50 will be charged.  3. Transit visas can be obtained upon arrival.  4. Express counters at the passport-control hall across UAE airports including Dubai and Abu Dhabi, will be on hand to issue the visa.  5. Current transit visa policy does not allow all transit passengers to stay in the UAE even for a limited period. Indians, for example, can obtain a transit visa if their final destination is the United States, United Kingdom or Europe.  6. The new rules are expected to be implemented in the 4th Quarter of 2018.  Source: Gulf News


Travel agencies report that the announcement has stirred up a lot of interest from customers, citing that they have been swamped with queries since the visa policy was first unveiled.

Airports across the UAE attract millions of passengers every year and a huge chunk of that are transit. In 2017, 
around 70 percent of passengers transit through UAE airports in 2017 en route to international destinations.


Dubai alone saw a total of 15.79 million visitors in 2017, up by 6.2 percent over a year earlier. The majority of the tourists were from India, United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.






Here is what we know so far about what the UAE government has decided to implement:


1. Flyers passing through UAE with onward journeys can get a transit visa valid for 48 hours or two days, free of charge.
The UAE Cabinet has approved new visa regulations, which impact immigration and labour laws, transit passengers, widows and divorcees, overstaying individuals, people of determination and more.  The UAE Cabinet on Wednesday adopted a number of strategic policies with regards to foreign workers’ insurance in the private sector, as well as a legislative package concerning visa facilities.   The decisions were approved on Wednesday during a cabinet meeting chaired  HH Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.   Among the decision is to approve the proposal to exempt transit passengers from all entry fees for the first 48 hours. The 48-hour free transit visa can be extended for up to 96 hours for a fee of only Dh50. Obtaining transit visa will be facilitated by a number of express counter at the passport-control hall across UAE airports.    Travel agencies report that the announcement has stirred up a lot of interest from customers, citing that they have been swamped with queries since the visa policy was first unveiled.   Airports across the UAE attract millions of passengers every year and a huge chunk of that are transit. In 2017, around 70 percent of passengers transit through UAE airports in 2017 en route to international destinations.    Dubai alone saw a total of 15.79 million visitors in 2017, up by 6.2 percent over a year earlier. The majority of the tourists were from India, United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.   Here is what we know so far about what the UAE government has decided to implement:  1. Flyers passing through UAE with onward journeys can get a transit visa valid for 48 hours or two days, free of charge.  2. The transit visa can be extended up to 96 hours (four days), but a fee of Dh50 will be charged.  3. Transit visas can be obtained upon arrival.  4. Express counters at the passport-control hall across UAE airports including Dubai and Abu Dhabi, will be on hand to issue the visa.  5. Current transit visa policy does not allow all transit passengers to stay in the UAE even for a limited period. Indians, for example, can obtain a transit visa if their final destination is the United States, United Kingdom or Europe.  6. The new rules are expected to be implemented in the 4th Quarter of 2018.  Source: Gulf News
2. The transit visa can be extended up to 96 hours (four days), but a fee of Dh50 will be charged.
The UAE Cabinet has approved new visa regulations, which impact immigration and labour laws, transit passengers, widows and divorcees, overstaying individuals, people of determination and more.  The UAE Cabinet on Wednesday adopted a number of strategic policies with regards to foreign workers’ insurance in the private sector, as well as a legislative package concerning visa facilities.   The decisions were approved on Wednesday during a cabinet meeting chaired  HH Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.   Among the decision is to approve the proposal to exempt transit passengers from all entry fees for the first 48 hours. The 48-hour free transit visa can be extended for up to 96 hours for a fee of only Dh50. Obtaining transit visa will be facilitated by a number of express counter at the passport-control hall across UAE airports.    Travel agencies report that the announcement has stirred up a lot of interest from customers, citing that they have been swamped with queries since the visa policy was first unveiled.   Airports across the UAE attract millions of passengers every year and a huge chunk of that are transit. In 2017, around 70 percent of passengers transit through UAE airports in 2017 en route to international destinations.    Dubai alone saw a total of 15.79 million visitors in 2017, up by 6.2 percent over a year earlier. The majority of the tourists were from India, United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.   Here is what we know so far about what the UAE government has decided to implement:  1. Flyers passing through UAE with onward journeys can get a transit visa valid for 48 hours or two days, free of charge.  2. The transit visa can be extended up to 96 hours (four days), but a fee of Dh50 will be charged.  3. Transit visas can be obtained upon arrival.  4. Express counters at the passport-control hall across UAE airports including Dubai and Abu Dhabi, will be on hand to issue the visa.  5. Current transit visa policy does not allow all transit passengers to stay in the UAE even for a limited period. Indians, for example, can obtain a transit visa if their final destination is the United States, United Kingdom or Europe.  6. The new rules are expected to be implemented in the 4th Quarter of 2018.  Source: Gulf News

3. Transit visas can be obtained upon arrival.

4. Express counters at the passport-control hall across UAE airports including Dubai and Abu Dhabi, will be on hand to issue the visa.
The UAE Cabinet has approved new visa regulations, which impact immigration and labour laws, transit passengers, widows and divorcees, overstaying individuals, people of determination and more.  The UAE Cabinet on Wednesday adopted a number of strategic policies with regards to foreign workers’ insurance in the private sector, as well as a legislative package concerning visa facilities.   The decisions were approved on Wednesday during a cabinet meeting chaired  HH Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.   Among the decision is to approve the proposal to exempt transit passengers from all entry fees for the first 48 hours. The 48-hour free transit visa can be extended for up to 96 hours for a fee of only Dh50. Obtaining transit visa will be facilitated by a number of express counter at the passport-control hall across UAE airports.    Travel agencies report that the announcement has stirred up a lot of interest from customers, citing that they have been swamped with queries since the visa policy was first unveiled.   Airports across the UAE attract millions of passengers every year and a huge chunk of that are transit. In 2017, around 70 percent of passengers transit through UAE airports in 2017 en route to international destinations.    Dubai alone saw a total of 15.79 million visitors in 2017, up by 6.2 percent over a year earlier. The majority of the tourists were from India, United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.   Here is what we know so far about what the UAE government has decided to implement:  1. Flyers passing through UAE with onward journeys can get a transit visa valid for 48 hours or two days, free of charge.  2. The transit visa can be extended up to 96 hours (four days), but a fee of Dh50 will be charged.  3. Transit visas can be obtained upon arrival.  4. Express counters at the passport-control hall across UAE airports including Dubai and Abu Dhabi, will be on hand to issue the visa.  5. Current transit visa policy does not allow all transit passengers to stay in the UAE even for a limited period. Indians, for example, can obtain a transit visa if their final destination is the United States, United Kingdom or Europe.  6. The new rules are expected to be implemented in the 4th Quarter of 2018.  Source: Gulf News


5. Current transit visa policy does not allow all transit passengers to stay in the UAE even for a limited period. Indians, for example, can obtain a transit visa if their final destination is the United States, United Kingdom or Europe.

6. The new rules are expected to be implemented in the 4th Quarter of 2018.

Source: Gulf News


6 Survival Guides for OFWs

Deciding to work abroad or be an Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) is one of the hardest things you will do in life. Living and working in a foreign land, away from your family is not really easy. Sometimes OFW cannot survive this kind of life. Homesickness is one of biggest enemy of an OFW.   But because you are the breadwinner of the family even it is hard being away from them, you do it anyway and endure the situation until you become used to it. Working abroad is not forever, so before going lay down your survival guide on how to survives years or two without seeing your loved one face-to-face. Here are some guidelines that might inspire you.  1. Make a Plan and Involve Your Family In It!  Before getting excited about going to other countries and embrace an OFW life, ask yourself first the following questions;  How many years are you planning to be away? How much money do you plan on saving up?  Involving your family in this planning is making them aware that they will not have an OFW income for the rest of their lives. Let your family know about your plans so they don't expect your contract to be open-ended. It is sad to see OFWs still working in spite of retirement age. To avoid this, as an OFW you should be in charge of your present and future and eliminate the "Bahala Na" system.  2. Communicate Everyday if You Can!  In all kinds of relationship, communication is vital. Take time to talk to your wife or husband and children on the phone or video chat if possible every day. No matter how repetitive and boring it feels after a long day, have conversations with your children. Being physically absent doesn't mean you have to be emotionally unavailable as well. That video chat is all your family especially children have of you while you are away. Be there for them because lost time cannot be replaced. Make sure of your vacation dates every year or two or make your family visits you once a year or every other year if you cannot go home due to your employment contract.  3. Create a Budget  Just because you are earning big now, your expenses will also increase. Stay to your old or previous household budget and save bigger for savings that you might need in the future for your investment, child's education, your retirement.  Do not leave the budgeting solely to those left back home. Have access to bank accounts. Ask for progress reports and detailed photos of that house you're building. Talk to the contractor of your house construction. Do not leave your dreams in someone else's hands.  5. Do not get your family used to luxuries  Before buying an expensive gift such as gadgets and other material things, make sure you have fulfilled first the basic needs of your family, followed by school expenses and savings. After this, you can consider buying small inexpensive gifts. Do not allow your children to develop the habit of constantly asking for non-essential items. Instead, teach them the value of saving for something they want. If you want to help them out in buying a coveted item, let them know that they need to save up half of the amount and you'll save up for the rest as well, to let them know that you need to save up for special items, too.  5. Pay Your Debts On Time If you have loans when you pursue your dream to become an OFW, pay them when you are starting earning. Before you spend on yourself and take requests for presents, create a plan to pay off all your debts. It is the right thing to do and shows your good intentions to the person who helped you out. Not paying one's debts in a timely fashion or on unclear terms makes both parties feel you are indebted for life.  Paying off debts builds trust and solidifies financial relationships, and puts your family back home in good standing with your lenders. Make it a priority.  6. Take care of yourself Since you are the breadwinner, your family's success depends on your physical and mental well-being.  Spend on healthy food and activities. Treat yourself to a small vacation or something you've always wanted. Quit your vices. Without your health and sanity you will not be able to help your family at all, so make sure your needs are met first.  Know your physical boundaries. Do not work through sickness. Know when to rest and take a break. Learn to refuse work that will impact your health. OFWs are experts at forgetting themselves, forgetting too that loss of their well-being means the loss of livelihood for all who depend on them. Remember that you will one day return to your family who will need you to be healthy and in good spirits.  7. Establish an endpoint You know already that working abroad is not forever. Let your family know that too. When you had enough working, then it's enough. One reason you work abroad is for your children, instill in their minds that they are getting a better education so that when you come home, it will be their turn to help the family, and hopefully, not have to leave the country to do so.  Give your family a finite number of years that you plan to be abroad. When it comes time for you to go home, do not be persuaded to stay or take on another job just for more money. If you planned it well and managed your money wisely, you should have a decent amount with which to retire or start your own business back home.  With a goal in mind and with the help of your family, you can work abroad with inspiration. After 10 or 15 years of working in other countries, coming home with less worry about your family's future is something you can be proud of!

Airline baggage rules are becoming increasingly complex and confusing. Airlines apply different rules and fees depending on the number of bags checked, class of travel, frequent flyer status and routes. The most common questions regarding baggage rules are about permissible size, weight and contents. Read below to see the Do's and Don'ts when checking in baggage.  Advertisement       Sponsored Links       The Allowed Baggage Weight  Regarding the weight of one piece of bag, box or package, each item or piece should weigh less than 26kg or 50lbs. This is an international regulation set for the health and safety of airport workers who have to lift hundreds of bags daily. If your bag weighs more than this, you may be asked to repack (or risk being denied check-in), or have it labeled as "heavy luggage" and possibly incur additional baggage cost.    First and Business class passengers, as well as medical patients, can get pack much as 32kg or 70 lbs per bag.      Quantity  Gone were the days when you can pack more than two bags or boxes so long as the total combined weight is within the allowed limit. Airlines today implement the "piece concept." How many pieces can you take? It depends on many factors, including airline, ticket class and route. Generally, two pieces of checked baggage are allowed per passenger.  Each piece must conform with the weight limit stated above. The two-piece concept is of course more common in international flights. Domestic flights usually accept one lighter piece, or no check in at all. Again, refer to your travel agent, ticket or airline for more details.      Quality   Checked-in bags, boxes or packages must be packed neatly. It should be able to maintain its shape throughout the travel.     Most airlines and airports will not accept round or irregular-shaped items like baggage wrapped in linen or blankets. Packages must have at least one side flat, so items must be packed accordingly. Items like bicycles, wheelchairs, baby strollers and golf bags are still allowed, but it is recommended that they be wrapped neatly. Most airports now have the facility for wrapping, at a cost of course. This also avoids unnecessary damage to them.     Label your luggage accordingly, putting name (initial and family name) as well as city and country of destination -enough to trace your luggage in case of loss. Too many details is a safety and privacy issue.    Putting nylon or similar cords or ropes around your baggage is also discouraged by airports as they may get tangled in the conveyor systems and cause overall delays.     Dimensions  Aside from the weight factor, each checked-in package must meet a specific dimension. Each bag or box should not exceed 158 cm or 62 inches when adding the dimensions: height + width + length. Similarly, an exceedingly long baggage (more than 205 cm) would require special handling (and possible extra fees).      Traveling with Infants (below 2 yrs old)  Infants are usually not given a seat. Tickets are either free or heavily discounted (up to 90%).  They also get a baggage allowance consisting of one piece 23 kg baggage following the recommended dimensions. An extra baggage of baby trolley or tram is also accepted, though this is mostly the airline's consideration.      Important Items To Keep  Important items like travel documents, jewelries, electronic gadgets(with chargers), cash and maintenance medications must be kept with you (carry-on) and not in your checked-in baggage. You should also pack some extra clothes. Keep your carry on baggage light, as most airlines set the limit to 7 kg. Heavy bags can also cause injury as in some extreme cases where the overhead compartment accidentally opens and spills its contents.          Check-in Time  Check-in times differ from airport to airport, but the customary practice is to check-in 2-3 hours prior to departure for international travel. Destinations where the security is more strict (like USA), would require a minimum of 2 hours check-in time, but the counters will open 4 hours before the scheduled flight. Having no baggage can lessen this amount.      Connecting Flights  Under International Air Transport Association (IATA) rules, when two airlines on a connecting flight differ in their checked baggage allowance, the allowance that applies is the one from the first flight. Your baggage will be transferred automatically to the next airline. IATA represents 280 airlines from 120 countries. That is over 80% pf worldwide air traffic.    In cases where airlines do not have interline agreements (mostly among low-cost airline operators), they will not transfer checked baggage to another airline. You must retrieve your baggage from the first flight and checke in for the connecting flight, with the second airline's baggage allowance applying.      Dangerous Goods  For safety reasons, all knives, sharp objects or cutting implements, whether of metal or other material, must be packed in checked baggage. Some sporting materials are included in the list (darts, javelin, guns) Recently, lithium batteries have been banned from flights, but this is limited to the batteries only. Devices that have lithium batteries (like your mobile phone or laptop) are still allowed. In some cases though, hover boards are banned by some airlines.    Due to varying gun laws, some countries allow guns to be checked in while others have a total ban. Rules on checking-in firearms and ammunition are usually applied to replica firearms as well. Check your country destination in these cases.    Medical syringes, such as for insulin, can be brought inside the cabin. You will need documented proof of the medical need and ensure that the material is professionally packed and labelled.    Any dangerous goods in your hand-carry items, including improperly packed or mislabeled medical items, will be taken away and most likely be disposed of.      Banned Items  Stuff that are banned will be removed and probably not returned to you. The following are banned on any civilian aircraft and should not even be brought to the airport:    Explosive and incendiary materials: Gunpowder (including black powder and percussion caps), dynamite, blasting caps, fireworks, matches, flares, plastic explosives, grenades, replicas of incendiary devices, and replicas of plastic explosives.    Flammable Items: Gasoline, gas torches, lighter fluid, cooking fuel, other types of flammable liquid fuel, flammable paints, paint thinner, turpentine, aerosols (exceptions for personal care items, toiletries, or medically related items - in limited quantities in containers sized three ounces or smaller).    Gases and pressure containers: Aerosols, carbon dioxide cartridges, oxygen tanks (scuba or medical), mace, tear gas, pepper spray, self-inflating rafts, and deeply refrigerated gases such as liquid nitrogen.    Oxidizers and organic peroxides: Bleach, nitric acid, fertilizers, swimming pool or spa chemicals, and fiberglass repair kits.    Poisons: Weed killers, pesticides, insecticides, rodent poisons, arsenic, and cyanides.    Infectious materials: Medical laboratory specimens, viral organisms, and bacterial cultures.    Corrosives: Drain cleaners, car batteries, wet cell batteries, acids, alkalis, lye, and mercury.    Organics: Fiberglass resins, peroxides.    Radioactive materials: There are some exceptions for implanted radioactive medical devices. Contact your airline for details on how to ship other radioactive materials.    Magnetic materials: Strong magnets such as those in some loudspeakers and laboratory equipment.    Marijuana (cannabis): Marijuana in any form is not allowed on aircraft and is not allowed in the secure part of the airport. In addition it is illegal to import marijuana or marijuana-related items into several countries like US or countries in the Middle East.    Other dangerous items: Tear gas, spray paint, swimming pool or spa chlorine, and torch lighters.

Social Security System (SSS) continues to accept retirement benefits application for  Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and voluntary members online through their official website.  Advertisement        Sponsored Links     Acceptance of Social Security System (SSS) filing an application for retirement online from Overseas Filipino Workers and voluntary members started last May 10.  SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel Dooc said, this is for applicants with ages 60 years old and above. They can access the official SSS website at www.sss.gov.ph.   SSS also urges other OFWs and voluntary members to grab the opportunity of applying for retirement benefits as long as they have already reached 120 months of contributions. They must also did not submit any benefit claims at any SSS branch, no cancelled SSS number, No outstanding balance in the   Stock Investment Loan Program, Privatization Loan Program, Educational Loan and Vocational Technology Loan. Members with arrears on their salary, calamity Salary Loan Early Renewal Program may also apply.  However, members who will apply for Loan Restructuring Program or condonation are not allowed to apply for retirement application online.   READ MORE: Do You Want College Scholarship? Check This Out Now!   No HSWs Has Been Sent To Kuwait Yet After Lifting Of Ban    In Demand College Courses Which Only A Few Take Up    OFWs Must Save, Get Insurance And Have An Investment    OFW Help Desks From TESDA Now Available at International Airports    Signs That You And Your Partner Have An Unhealthy Communication    It's More Deadly In The Philippines? Tourism Ad In New York, Vandalized    Earn While Helping Your Friends Get Their Loan    List of Philippine Embassies And Consulates Around The World    Deployment Ban In Kuwait To Be Lifted Only If OFWs Are 100% Protected —Cayetano    Why OFWs From Kuwait Afraid Of Coming Home?   How to Avail Auto, Salary And Home Loan From Union Bank



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