Reference is made to cruises within the UAE, origin/destination and transiting to Oman, Bahrain, Qatar . All passports must be valid at least 6 months on the date of departure from the UAE and for stays up to three months.
Kindly note that passengers holding South African passports need a pre-issued Visa for the UAE. Considering that there are different itineraries, please note as follows:
VISA PROCEDURE - MSC cruises Passengers, embarking/disembarking in any airport or seaport in UAE:
Tourism Ships Cruise Multi Visa.
Multiple-entry Visa (MV)
All passengers arriving by flight into Dubai/Abu Dhabi or any other airport in UAE to embark the ship or participate in a pre-cruise hotel program prior to joining the ship should produce a valid visa while checking-in at their home countries. Airlines will deny boarding to passengers who are not in possession of a valid UAE visa. The validity of the visa is 60 days from the date of issue so passengers should bear this in mind when applying for visas.
The MV is valid for 30 days from the date of first entry to UAE. This MV can be used for one time entry through any airport of UAE and unlimited time to enter & exit UAE through any seaports of UAE. Please note that this MV will be issued only for MSC cruise passengers & MSC booking confirmation with itinerary should be attached with the visa request. Agent can refuse visa application in cases not fulfilling above requirement.
Processing takes 7-14 working days and may take longer depending on nationality of passport holder. Sharaf Tours LLC, the ground handling agent for MSC, will not be held responsible for any delays or refusals from Immigration department of UAE.
Cost of MV is USD 90 per visa. The standard time to obtain MV is up to 21 days prior to arrival in the UAE. Surcharges apply in case of requests received less than 21 days prior to arrival
Black Listed Countries: Following countries are not allowed to obtain the Tourist Visa.
Any passengers holding Israeli passports will not be issued visa to enter UAE. Tunisia , Libya , Syrian, Somalia, Iraq, Yemen, Palestine , Equatorial Guinea (holding passports of) are subject to special approval and security clearance. No discrimination will be raised in case of Israeli Visa or stamp evident on any nationality passport for previous visits.
No refund is granted should your visa application be rejected by the Authorities.
Please note all cruise passengers requiring pre-issued visas, either with MSC package or independently arranged, should send visa requests addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR VISA
1. VISA APPLICATION FORM duly completed (a separate form for each passenger) with all requested information
2. ONE COLOUR PASSPORT SIZE PHOTO (4.3 cm x 5.5 cm)
3. COLOUR PASSPORT COPY (Including Amendment page, if Children names are in the passports)
4. VALIDITY EXTENSION PAGE OF THE PASSPORT (If passports validity are extended)
5. LAST PAGE OF THE PASSPORT (for Indian nationals only - last page to be attached)
6. Children with separate passport need separate entry visa (visa charges apply)
Please note that passport and photos must be sent in JPEG file.
Fee payment should be done by Credit Card or bank transfer, (details and form will be provided by Agent upon visa request) directly to appointed Agent and before the Visa processing. Should passenger cancel their cruise for any reason, Visa already applied for, will not be reimbursed.
Once Visas are granted, Agent will send them directly to requester, via e-mail. Passengers have to print a copy of same which can be considered valid both for the flight embarkation and for the UAE Immigration at Port and Airport.
Information concerning Visa to Oman:
All in-transit cruise passengers will get visa upon arrival in Oman and a landing card for a period of not more than 24 hrs. If any passenger wishes to disembark or stay longer than 24 hours in Oman, should follow the visa procedures applicable to Oman. Kindly note that Israel and Bangladesh passport holders are not allowed to enter or to stay aboard vessel during the Omani call. No discrimination will be raised in case of Israeli Visa or stamp evident on any nationality passport for previous visits. For your guidance, please note official Oman Government website http://www.rop.gov.om/english/dg_passport_countrylist1.asp
Information concerning Visa to Bahrain:
All in-transit cruise passengers will get visa upon arrival in Bahrain and a landing card for a stay no longer than 24 hrs. Any passenger who wishes to disembark or stay longer than 24 hours in Bahrain should follow the visa procedures applicable to this country . No discrimination will be raised in case of Israeli Visa or stamp evident on any nationality passport for previous visits. For your guidance, please note official Bahrain Government website
Information concerning Visa to Qatar:
All in-transit cruise passengers will get visa upon arrival (V.O.A.) to Qatar for a stay no longer than 24 hrs. Any passenger who wish to disembark or stay longer than 24 hours in Qatar , should follow the visa procedures applicable to this country. No discrimination will be raised in case of Israeli Visa or stamp evident on any nationality passport for previous visits. For your guidance, please note official Qatar Government website
Information concerning Egypt (Suez Canal):
The Suez Canal is just a transit , no specific Visa required.
Information concerning Jordan (Aqaba):
All in-transit cruise passengers in transit will get entry stamp upon arrival to Aqaba, no specific Visa required.
Important note concerning transit countries (Jordan, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain) : the local Immigration may ask for a Face to Face interview upon arrival before granting the pass or, in some cases, deny passengers to go ashore. Should this occur passengers can stay on-board ship waiting for departure to next port.
*All information listed might be subject to changes and is updated on 22nd September 2016. For the most current information please contact the related embassies/consulates”