UAE Tourist Visa Extension Fees Made Easier for Filipinos
Here is some good news for Filipino visitors in the UAE – you can now pay visa extension fees in instalments! Here is everything you need to know.
The UAE has become an increasingly popular destination for Filipino tourists, thanks to its stunning architecture, luxurious shopping centers, and vibrant culture. To make the travel experience more seamless, the government of the UAE has taken steps to simplify administrative processes, including visa extensions.
In order to support fellow Filipinos in the UAE, Filipina expat Michelle Guinto has included the pay-later offer for tourist visa extension on the newly launched platform 'Balikbayan Store'. Instead of paying the entire visa extension fee upfront, Filipino tourists now have the option to divide the total amount into four equal instalments. This flexibility helps ease the financial burden of the extension fees, making it more manageable for travellers.
Tourist visa extension fees generally vary from agency to agency. With the Balikbayan Store offer, a Filipino visitor should pay a total of AED900, in four instalments – AED225 per month. Within two days of its launch, more than 20 Filipinos have availed this offer.
The core business of Balikbayan Store is offering groceries and home appliances that Filipinos could avail in instalments, with zero interest. The items could also be delivered to Philippines. The additional visa extension service is provided through an affiliate travel agency. The offer can be availed by contacting Balikbayan Store through their WhatsApp; a WhatsApp widget is available on their official website https://www.balikbayanstore.com/ , which takes you to their customer service center. You can talk to them, and they will take you through the process. The offer is available throughout the year.
This new payment system is a welcome development for Filipino tourists who may have budget constraints. Filipinos constitute 6.1% of the UAE's total population and this new offer is only going to bring more Filipinos to the country. By spreading out the extension fees, more travellers can explore the UAE's attractions, engage in cultural experiences, and make the most of their visit. This initiative is likely to attract more Filipino tourists, further contributing to the UAE's economy.