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Old Mar 3rd 2007, 7:17 pm
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Hi

My visit visa is very close to expiring, and somebody suggested a visa run is the common thing done. I looked on Wiki but couldnt find anything about visa run, just the 500 AED extension for another 30 days.

I have been told a few things, quiche, which i liked the sound of with a bit of ketchup, and a trip to Oman. But if there is one thing l have learnt here is that to be very careful of what ppl tell you, as with some it is often a load of BS. So if anyone has any info that could help, or has done it themselves, thus would be very helpful. And is there a penalty for overstay?

Plus, a change of subject i know, does anyone have spare ticket or two for the Russell Peters Show at the Crowne Plaza. SOLD OUT . For those who do not know about Russell Peters and like a good lauf check out the link below.

http://skattertech.com/2005/03/russell-peters-video/

And thx in advance for any info on the visa run
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Old Mar 3rd 2007, 7:25 pm
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personally I would rather take a plane cos then you can do a booze run when you get back!!
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Old Mar 3rd 2007, 7:33 pm
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personally I would rather take a plane cos then you can do a booze run when you get back!!
shame i dont drink, but if you pay for my ticket i will be happy to bring you some back.
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It's been discussed in previous threads a while back, so you might get lucky searching back for it
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It's been discussed in previous threads a while back, so you might get lucky searching back for it
Piece of cake. Drive to the Oman border just past Al Ain or Hatta, get stamped out, enter Oman, turn round and come back into the UAE.
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Piece of cake. Drive to the Oman border just past Al Ain or Hatta, get stamped out, enter Oman, turn round and come back into the UAE.
That's only for certain passport holders LJ, ie, those that can enter the UAE without a visa....
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That's only for certain passport holders LJ, ie, those that can enter the UAE without a visa....
I assumed that the OP was British.
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I assumed that the OP was British.
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One would have thought it was a safe assumption, especially on a website called BRITISH expats.

FFS.
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One would have thought it was a safe assumption, especially on a website called BRITISH expats.

FFS.
Not in the slightest, you'd be amazed at who's here, loads of different nationalities.

Get out of bed on the wrong side did you this morning?
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Not in the slightest, you'd be amazed at who's here, loads of different nationalities.

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Piece of cake. Drive to the Oman border just past Al Ain or Hatta, get stamped out, enter Oman, turn round and come back into the UAE.
Well it should be easy provided you don't pick a bad day. Took me hours just before New Year (at Hatta). Ended up queueing in the Oman visa building (no idea what it's really called) for over 2 hours. With waits at the 'sheds' Dubai side, the round trip took over 6 hours.

Never again! (Fortunately I travel on business for won't have to.)


I heard a rumour about the border being shut the next day, but never found out if it was true. Still don't know why it was so busy as several people I spoke to do it regularly & reckon it usually takes minutes to sort out documents.

I would just like to say that the Omani officials were utterly charming considering they were working flat out & lots of people were very rude to them.

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Originally Posted by littlejimmy View Post
One would have thought it was a safe assumption, especially on a website called BRITISH expats.

FFS.
You assumed rightly, Brit i am, East London to be exact.

Thx for the info, would the authorities question my very short stay and return as it is a very blaitant trip.
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You assumed rightly, Brit i am, East London to be exact.

Thx for the info, would the authorities question my very short stay and return as it is a very blaitant trip.
There is no problem with it. It happens a lot and they live with it. They've even built a new border control building. I also took a while to get through and back. It was quite busy. The actual process wasn't very clear, especially the whole rental car / insurance thing and driving through a customs checkpoint about 5kms before the actual border. Luckily we booked into the HF Hotel and made a weekend of it.
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[QUOTE=littlejimmy;4480480] whole rental car / insurance thing QUOTE]

Ive got a rental car, and i guess im only insured in the UAE, what do l have to do in this case?
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