Nevertheless, travel market players that specialize in the Emirates do not expect any considerable improvement as the on-line system of visa issuing has functioned for more than a year. Larisa Ermakova, the Head of the UAE Department of PAKS Company, suggested that the changes would mainly refer to the perfection of the existing system, which cannot be considered flawless at the moment. ‘For example, sometimes the system lacks some data therefore tourists have to have a paper copy of a visa on arrival’, commented Larisa Ermakova.
Sergey Ovchinnikov, sales Director of Space Travel, agreed pointing out the effectiveness of the current system.
Moscow Office of Tourism and Commercial Marketing Department of Dubai Government withheld comments on possible changes having pointed out lack of official information regarding any alterations within the on-line system. At the moment, according to tour operating companies, visa to the UAE is issued during 3-6 days and costs 50 units (urgent visa – 80 units).