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  1. Dear experts, When a cruise visits multiple ports along the coastline of the same country, is is considered an exit an re-entry at each & every port ? And is the passport stamped for exit & entry at every port? eg) Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas island, all 3 ports in UAE When the cruise ship sails from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, is it considered an exit & re-entry ? (I am not sure if the cruise ship will go into international waters beyond 12 nautical miles from the coast of UAE, when sailing from Dubai to Abu Dhabi). Similarly, when the cruise ship sails from Abu Dhabi to Sir Bani Yas island, is it considered an exit & re-entry ? Thanks in advance 
  2. When a cruise visits multiple ports along the coastline of the same country, is is considered an exit an re-entry at each & every port ? And is the passport stamped for exit & entry at every port? eg) Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas island, all 3 ports in UAE When the cruise ship sails from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, is it considered an exit & re-entry ? (I am not sure if the cruise ship will go into international waters beyond 12 nautical miles from the coast of UAE, when sailing from Dubai to Abu Dhabi). Similarly, when the cruise ship sails from Abu Dhabi to Sir Bani Yas island, is it considered an exit & re-entry ? Thanks in advance
  3. Dear experts, We have Indian passports & valid USA 10 yr B1/B2 visa, both valid well over 6 mths. With a valid 10 year US visit visa, we are entitled to a 14 day single entry visa on arrival (for 120 dirhams), at all ports in UAE. We will arrive at Sharjah airport, pay for the visa on arrival & stay at a hotel for 3 nights. Then take a taxi to Dubai to board a 7 day cruise-- Dubai--Abu Dhabi--Sir Bani Yas island--sea--Muscat--Khasab--Dubai Our itinerary is-- Day 1,2,3 Sharjah in a hotel Day 4 Dubai on the cruise ship Day 5 Abu Dhabi on the cruise ship Day 6 Sir Bani Yas island on the cruise ship Day 7 at sea on the cruise ship Day 8 Muscat, Oman on the cruise ship Day 9 Khasab, Oman on the cruise ship Day 10 Dubai on the cruise ship We would like to know-- 1) Is the visa on arrival cost at Sharjah airport Dirhams 100+5 tax or 120+5 tax ? Can we pay cash in US$ or dirhams or only CC? 2) Can we inform the immigration officer at Sharjah airport that we will be on a cruise ship going from Dubai to Oman & back to Dubai, so kindly grant us a 14 day multi-ship visa on arrival ? (This multiple entry ship visa or multi-ship visa is given to Indian cruise ship passengers who don't have a US visa, for $85 by Arabian Adventures; if applied in advance from India) 3) If the officer cannot grant this request, do we have to pay again for a 2nd visa on arrival ONLY when the ship returns to Dubai from Khasab, Oman? Or pay for another visa on arrival even when the ship arrives at Abu Dhabi (from Dubai ) ? & again pay for another visa on arrival when the ship arrives at Sir Bani Yas island (from Abu Dhabi) ? 4) When the cruise ship sails from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, is it considered an exit & re-entry ? (I doubt that the cruise ship will go into international waters beyond 12 nautical miles from the coast of UAE, when sailing from Dubai to Abu Dhabi). 5) Similarly, when the cruise ship sails from Abu Dhabi to Sir Bani Yas island, is it considered an exit & re-entry ? Thanks so much!
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  6. We plan to cruise to UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Egypt, Jordan & Morocco in future, maybe even S E Asia. With an Israeli visa stuck in our main passport (even without entry stamp), we may be denied entry to any of these countries.
  7. The Israeli Visa will be permanently stuck on the passport, says the Israeli Consulate in Mumbai. They don't issue a visa on a SEPARATE paper. They said we can apply for a 2nd passport ONLY for the Israeli Visa. We plan to cruise to UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Egypt, Jordan & Morocco in future, maybe even S E Asia. With an Israeli visa stuck in our main passport (even without entry stamp), we may be denied entry to any of these countries. Is it worth taking the trouble to pay & get a 2nd passport & also pay to obtain an Israeli visa, just for spending 8 hours in Israel? And how to enter 2 passport info for each person, while registering for the cruise boarding pass? Easier to just stay on the ship without a visa for Israel, if Costa will allow us to board the ship & remain onboard while in Israel.
  8. Did you get the visa for Israel or not? If not, were you allowed to board the ship & remain onboard while in Israeli waters? The link you posted above is broken http://tourism.index.co.il/siteFiles/1/60/262232.asp
  9. We have booked a cruise which visits Eilat in Israel for 19 hours from 11pm to 6pm the next day; We are worried about the Israeli visa, which is required for Indian nationals with Indian passports, residing in India. We would prefer not to apply for the Israel visa. We also have stamps of UAE & Oman on our Indian passports. We have a valid 10 year USA visa So, without a visa for Israel, will we be DENIED BOARDING or asked to DISEMBARK before the cruise reaches Israel? We are willing to stay onboard the ship while in Israeli waters. Israeli Consulate General in Mumbai, India replied --- ''You don't require visa if you are NOT disembarking the shores of Israel & remain on board the ship.'' (see email reply from Israeli Consulate in Mumbai below) Costa Cruises replied— Ø Visa can’t be obtained upon arrival Ø Transit guests not in posses of Visa, when required, are NOT allowed to go ashore but can stay onboard the vessel during her stay in port Ø Transit passengers with an Arabian country stamp/visa on his own passport SHOULD BE POSSIBLE BUT WILL NOT BE GRANTED(but they can stay on board the vessel during her stay in port). Decision will be taken by the Border Ispection People. Royal Caribbean Cruises Head office replied--- VOA: Visa can be provided on arrival for Israel. MSC Cruises website says--- Israel: Passengers in transit can receive entry Visa upon arrival; for some nationalities Visa costs are charged; restrictions applying to some nationalities whose entry is charged. Please refer to our Contact Center should you need further information. Royal Caribbean & MSC Cruises both say Visa on arrival (we may be charged), whereas Costa & Israeli Embassy in Mumbai says Visa can’t be obtained upon arrival. Hence the confusion! So, without a visa for Israel, we are willing to stay onboard the ship. But, will we be DENIED BOARDING or asked to DISEMBARK before the cruise reaches Israel? Thanks, Spring123 This is the reply from Israeli Consulate in Mumbai--- Dear Sir, As per your query we checked with our Head Office, that you don't require visa as you are not disembarking the shores of Israel as you would be on board the ship. Regards, Shaul H Shapurkar Consular Section Consulate General of Israel, Mumbai Marathon Futurex, 1301, A Wing,N M Joshi Marg, Lower Parel Mumbai 400013 Tel: 022 61600513 Email consular1@mumbai.mfa.gov.il This is the reply from Costa Cruises--- ISRAEL VISA REQUIREMENTS - Point 1. (PAX IN TRANSIT) for transit ports, where usually no embarkation/disembarkation takes place and guests go ashore only for the duration of the call). - Point 2.(PAX DISEMBARKING) or Point 3. (PAX EMBARKING) for home ports, depending on whether a guest is embarking or disembarking. Same directions also apply in case of guests needing to embark / disembark in ports of this country other than the usual home port. 1. PAX IN TRANSIT, going ashore for tourist visit during vessel stay in port Visa REQUIRED except for nationalities listed below. 2. PAX DISEMBARKING (ending the cruise) Visa REQUIRED except for nationalities listed below. 3. PAX EMBARKING (to begin the cruise) Visa REQUIRED except for nationalities listed below. Visa required except for nationals of: Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Central African Republic, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica ,Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany (only if born after January 1, 1928), Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras,Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea South, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia , Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia Fed., San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, St. Lucia, St Kitts & Nevis, Suriname, St. Vincent and the grenadines, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan ,Trinidad & Tobago, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican City (Holy See). NOTES/NOTE: Ø Visa can’t be obtained upon arrival Ø Transit guests not in posses of Visa, when required, are NOT allowed to go ashore but can stay onboard the vessel during her stay in port Ø Transit passengers with an arabian country stamp/visa on his onw passport SHOULD BE POSSIBLE BUT WILL NOT BE GRANTED (but they can stay on board the vessel during her stay in port). Decision will be taken by the Border Ispection People. NOTES/ NOTE: For one day transit passengers passport is not stamped
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