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GCC Countries to Introduce Common Visa for Tourists
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). GCC Countries are in discussions/Conversation to introduce a common visa for tourists, similar to the Schengen Visa issued to travellers heading to Europe. This move is expected to boost the travel sector in the region.
How Does the Common GCC Tourist Visa Work?
The common visa proposed for tourists in the (GCC) Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC countries/Nations is likely to operate in a similar manner to the Schengen visa in Europe. The Schengen visa enables visitors to travel to 26 European countries without requiring multiple visas.
Similarly, the common GCC tourist visa will allow tourists to explore all GCC countries, such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, the UAE and Oman, with the convenience of a single visa.
Support from UAE and Saudi Arabia
Abdullah Al Saleh, the under-secretary of the UAE’s finance ministry, supported the stand of the Bahrain minister and said that a common visa would help travellers visit more countries without hassles.
Fahad Hamidaddin, CEO of the Saudi Tourism Authority, claims that for the purposes of tourism, it is proposed to treat the entire GCC region as a single entity rather than as individual nations.
He stated, “The GCC member countries must increase their cooperation to meet this goal.”
Publicity campaigns in conjunction with a single brand known as "GCC Tourism"
A single website for tourism, common tourism applications, joint publicity campaigns, and an online booking platform would be implemented under the most recent GCC plan. Additionally, the GCC Countries would represent a single brand known as “GCC Tourism” at various tourism fairs around the world.
In conclusion, the region will gain from the introduction of a common tourist visa for the GCC Countries and their brand value will rise. Additionally, it is anticipated to result in extensive regional development and an increase in visitors.