Travelling Light

Emirates Airlines has opened a visa processing centre at its Colombo city office, for the convenience of Sri Lankans travelling or transiting through Dubai. Emirates Airlines has opened a visa processing centre at its Colombo city office, for the convenience of Sri Lankans travelling or transiting through Dubai. Sri Lankans travelling on Emirates Airlines from Colombo to Dubai or points beyond can obtain a Visit Visa (60 days) or Transit Visa (96 hours) with Emirates as their sponsor.

This significantly reduces the visa processing time as travellers are no longer required to locate a U.A.E based sponsor.

An electronic visa is granted to the applicants in three or less days, subject to passengers meeting the required eligibility criteria and all documentation being in order.

“Passengers are no longer required to queue up at the Visa Delivery Counter in Dubai International Airport upon their arrival; instead they can proceed directly to Immigration,” A G Faridi, Head Dubai Visa Processing Centre said.

The new centre located at Hemas House, 75 Braybrooke Place, Colombo 2, can process visit and transit visa applications from leisure travellers,