For UAE visit visa holders seeking to extend their stay, SalamAir’s recently-introduced flight is rapidly becoming the preferred choice, thanks to its cost-effectiveness.
SalamAir’s Growing Popularity
Operating twice a week from Fujairah to Muscat, this low-cost airline service is gaining traction among individuals aiming for the tourist visa change run. Firoz Maliyakkal, the CEO of Thahira Tours and Travels, noted that travelers could save approximately Dh200 compared to using other flights. The Fujairah-based flight has been attracting not only job seekers but also visitors intending to spend quality time with their families in the UAE.
Inside-The-Country Extension vs. Flying Out
While visit visa holders do have the option to extend their visa within the country, it’s limited to a month’s duration. Given the in-country extension’s cost and short validity, many choose to exit and re-enter on a fresh visa, achieving a longer stay duration. As Firoz highlights, opting for a visa change package from Fujairah can range from Dh1,050 to Dh1,250, with costs varying depending on flight charges.
Growing Demand for Visa Extension
There has been a notable surge in demand for visit visa extensions this year. Firoz points out the considerable savings for visitors, especially couples or small families, by choosing the Fujairah route.
Added Benefits of the Fujairah Service
SalamAir’s Muscat-Fujairah service, introduced in July, operates every Monday and Wednesday. One of its highlights is a complimentary shuttle service for passengers, providing pick-ups and drop-offs in Dubai and Sharjah. This addition, as pointed out by Noushad Hassan from Alhind business centre, aids in reducing travel costs.
Moreover, the Fujairah airport’s efficient processes make it an attractive alternative. With SalamAir’s service to Muscat being the airport’s inaugural international flight, check-in and immigration have been described as “a breeze” by Raheesh Babu of Musafir.com.
Another significant perk is the airline’s flexibility. If a fresh visit visa isn’t approved on the day, SalamAir allows free ticket amendments for the following day.
Alternative Visa Change Options
While traveling to Oman by bus is an alternative for visa status change, availability is limited due to high demand. Sharjah Airport Travel Agency (SATA) offers another option with two daily flights to Bahrain and Oman.
Important Information Table
|Route||Fujairah to Muscat|
|Frequency||Twice a week (Mondays and Wednesdays)|
|Estimated Savings||Dh200 compared to other flights|
|Visa Change Package Cost from Fujairah||Dh1,050 to Dh1,250|
|Additional Benefits||Free shuttle service from Dubai and Sharjah, Easy check-in process|
|Alternative Options||Oman by bus, SATA daily flights to Bahrain and Oman|
This table summarizes the essential details of the SalamAir service and visa change options available.