Increase In Middle East Arrivals To Cyprus Spurs Opening Of New Visa Processing Centre In Dubai

Published November 16th, 2010 - 10:45 GMT

Buoyed by a strong increase in tourist arrivals to Cyprus from the UAE during the past five years, the Cyprus Tourism Organization announced the opening of a new visa processing centre in Dubai to facilitate tourists and fast track visa processing.

The Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in the UAE decided, in collaboration with the VFS Global LLC, to set up a visa application centre in Dubai in order to facilitate those applicants based in Dubai and the surrounding areas to submit their visa applications for Cyprus through that centre, if they wish to do so.

The Ambassador of Cyprus to UAE Costas Papademas stated that "We'll do everything possible to facilitate travelers and to promote tourism and business between Cyprus and the UAE".

The visa application centre which is located in Atrium Centre, next to Citi Bank on Bank Street in Bur Dubai, will be open from Sunday to Thursday, from 9am to 5pm, with no appointment requirements. Applicants can call on this help line number +9714-3592279 for visa related enquiries.

VFS Global, a specialist partner for diplomatic missions worldwide and part of the Zurich based Kuoni Travel Group, will provide support services for those requiring visas to travel to Cyprus from Dubai and Northern Emirates.

In general, tourism arrivals to Cyprus rose by 4.3 % in August from a year earlier and increased 0.7% year-on-year in the first eight months of the year, the island's statistics department noted.

Tourism accounts for almost 12 % of Cyprus's gross domestic product and appears to be picking up. Visitor arrivals in August, a popular holiday month for both foreign and domestic holidaymakers, rose to 304,264 visitors from 291,583 in the same month in 2009.

For the January to August period, 1.48 million tourists visited Cyprus compared to 1.47 million in the corresponding period last year. 

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