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article imageUAE government to charge Canadian travelers expensive visas

By Andrew Moran     Dec 29, 2010 in World
Ottawa - Plan on traveling to the United Arab Emirates anytime soon? Be sure to take some extra time to plan and fork over the extra money. In the new year, the UAE government will charge Canadian travelers up to $1,000 for visas.
Most Western nations, including France, Germany, Switzerland and the United States, do not have to pay to enter the United Arab Emirates. According to the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Ottawa website, Canadians will begin to pay fees to enter the UAE.
As of Jan. 2, 2011, Canadians who wish to travel to the Middle East nation will have to pay $250 for a 30-day short-term visa, $500 for a 3-month long-term visa or a $1,000 6-month multiple entry visa.
Canadian travelers must apply for the visa at least three weeks in advance. But there are various ways of obtaining a visa; even at a cheaper rate. Travelers can attain a visa through the UAE’s Eithad Airways or Emirates airline for half the cost. Travel agencies and hotels are able to provide visas.
UAE citizens are required to have a visa prior to entry into Canada.
This decision was made in 2009 but it was implemented a few months after a controversial visit by Defence Minister Peter MacKay and Chief of Defence Staff General Walter Natynczyk. The two were visiting Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan but they were denied entry into the country’s airspace.
Furthermore, the UAE evicted Canada’s troops from Camp Mirage, a Canadian base near Dubai.
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