Singapore Makes Travel Easier for Visitors Needing Visas
Two Visa Processing Agencies Appointed in Dubai;
New Services to Enhance Efficiency of Visa Processing
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Travel to Singapore has just been made easier for visitors to Singapore who require visas, according to the Consulate of the Republic of Singapore, who today announced the appointment of two visa processing agencies in Dubai.
The move will help accommodate the significant increase in visa requests due to the rise in travel to Singapore from the UAE, which has witnessed a steady 19 percent year-on-year growth in visitor arrivals.
"Singapore has always been a very desirable and convenient destination for travellers from the Middle East, and the launch of this new service will make it even easier to travel to the Lion City from 2008," said Mr. Dileep Nair, Singapore's Consul General in Dubai.
The newly appointed agencies, VSA Versatile Service Agency and Uranus Travel & Tours (LLC), will provide the new service that will significantly facilitate the visa application process in Dubai.
Visitors can now submit their visa application at either of these agencies, and will benefit from a new user-friendly web-based application "Submission of Application for Visa Electronically" (SAVE) which the agencies will use to forward the applications to the Consulate.
SAVE will also help boost security by enabling the Consulate to issue visa stickers with security embedded features that can pre-empt forgery and electronically link all stored information to Singapore immigration checkpoints and other Consulates around the world.
"The Singapore Tourism Board is delighted by these positive developments in visa application procedures, which we believe will further drive our impressive visitor growth from the UAE," said Jason Ong, Area Director, Middle East and Africa, Singapore Tourism Board.
While UAE nationals do not need visas to visit Singapore, citizens of a range of countries across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia require one.They are encouraged to visit the Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs website at www.mfa.gov.sg/dubai to check the list of countries that require visas for travel to Singapore.
The Singapore Consulate will continue to offer emergency visa processing at its new central location in Al Satwa.
Notes to Editors:
Location of Singapore's Visa Processing Agencies in Dubai:
VSA Versatile Service Agency
#1407, Al Safa Tower
Sheikh Zayed Road
PO Box 119390. Dubai
Tel: 04 3329133
0730hrs to1730hrs Saturday to Thursday
Uranus Travel & Tours (LLC)
Sultan Business Centre
P.O Box 8611 Dubai
Tel: 04 3355559
0900hrs to 2000hrs Saturday to Thursday
About Singapore Tourism Board:
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is an economic development agency for one of Singapore's key service sectors - tourism. The mission of the Board is to develop and champion tourism, so as to build the sector into a key driver of economic growth for Singapore. The STB aims to differentiate and market Singapore as a must-visit destination offering enriching experiences through the "Uniquely Singapore" brand. For more information, please visit www.stb.com.sg or visitsingapore.com.