Thursday, October 4, 2007

Road permit for UAE

While reading this week's issue of TheWeek, I found a letter from a reader in the "Letters to the editor" section inquiring about the necessity for expatriates to get a road permit in order to travel to UAE.

The reader mentioned in his letter that he has been hearing from different people that he doesn't need a road permit to travel to UAE, while other people tell him that he DOES need a road permit to travel to UAE. So he was asking if is a road permit really needed for expatriates to travel to UAE?

The editor's reply was so simple, which is yes, you do need a road permit to travel to UAE and that you can request your employer to get one for you. Well, I have a better answer than the one given by TheWeek's editor.

Needing a road permit to travel to UAE depends on your "job title". If you are a lawyer, doctor, engineer, or in other words a professional, you do not need a road permit to travel to UAE by car/bus. My father heard of this law that expatriates with certain job titles can travel to UAE without needing to get a road permit from ROP, so he thought of asking his employer - SQU - if he falls under those "certain jobs". My father's employer informed him that he can travel to UAE without a road permit. However, his wife & children cannot do so. A road permit has to be issued to his family. If he is going himself without his children, he can travel without a road permit issued by ROP.

In short, expatriate Lawyers, Doctors and Engineers can travel to UAE without a road permit. However, their families cannot. If you aren't a lawyer or doctor or an engineer, and you are not sure if you can travel to UAE without a road permit or not, the best thing to do is to ask your employer whether you need a road permit to travel to UAE or not.

29 comments:

Twister said...

However, most expats (except for those with citizenship of UAE's visa waiver countries) would still need tourist visas to enter the UAE...the road permit is from ROP, while the UAE immigration authorities do require visas for most nationalities now...

Amjad said...

twister: True! I forgot to point that out. Thanks for doing so!

JP said...

Amjad,
I heard the families can go across without a road permit as long as they are accompanied by the expat with the magic job title.

Plus, the job title has to be on the residency card. The older ones may not have it on the card, and then you do need a road pass.

I still don't understand this whole road pass thing. Is it just to control the sub-continent workers? Afterall, I can FLY to UAE without a road pass. I could never understand what's so different about driving???

JP

Amjad said...

JP: I'm not quite sure of that. The last time my dad asked was back in July '07 I guess. So they might have changed the law and allowed families to travel without road permits, not really sure of that.

Anonymous said...

its oct8th and I seem to have one of these job titles that allow me to cross the border. So on Thursday I will try to cross without a permit and I will have my family travel with me without a permit also. I have been told by my company that this should be fine. I will update you after I return.

Murali said...

There are conflicting information floating around.Inspite of the reported changes on road permit rules authorities in the border had been insisting on road permits.There is also an opinion that the resident card should carry the title/designation.It would clear the air if ROP comes out with a clear directive in an appropriate forum,lest a lot of holidayers are sure going to get disappointed if they are refused at the border after travelling .

desertaggies said...

Here's a unique situation: My husband & I arrived in Muscat Oct 4. His company is processing all the paperwork and we don't have our resident cards yet. (He is an Engineer.) We had hoped to go to the Emirates for Eid. We didn't get our road passes in time so we are still here in Muscat. We were going to fly but his company said we couldn't even fly without the road pass.

So, does anyone know anything about traveling with just your passport and not your resident card?

Side note- we were actually trying to go to Buraimi (near Al Ain, UAE). Buraimi is part of Oman but outside the actual border so we can't travel to a place in Oman without a road pass!

Anonymous said...

I travelled across to UAE on 12.10.07.Yes,they do ask for road permit at Oman and even UAE border.But the authorities are aware of the new directives exempting certain categories of employment from road permit.Recent resident card carries the title as well,but a lettr from employer or the copy of the resident card application works.Going through Oman check post is simple, you dont even have to get out of the car.But at UAE border it is very crowded and it is helps if you plan your trip at odd hours.

Mammen said...

Akash said.....

However expats can travel from Oman to Dubai with out Road permit as they shud be professionals (Lawyers, Doctors, Engineers) even their family could travel with them. They should need their profession in their ID card or they should carry the statistical form which their profession shows.
Thank you.

desertaggies said...

Well, we decided to attempt the border over Eid and the police didn't ask us for any documentation other than my husband showing our passports with our visas. He is an engineer but they didn't know that from his visa. They didn't ask for a road permit or residence card (we didn't have either one since they were both still in process) going either direction. So, we were either lucky or things are changing...

Anonymous said...

Hey, I heard that Road permit is required for anyone, irrespective of the title to travel via Buraimi border. Incase of Hatta Border, you dont need RP, incase of those magic titles. can anyone confirm this?

What is the title mentined on your resident card Mr.Anonymous? Since you were asked a road permit on 12.10.07

-Biju Balan

Anonymous said...

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brahm said...

I am a professor at SQU and my wife is flying back to Oman by Emirates via dubai, which entails an eight hour + transit at Dubai. Instead of this 8+ hours wait, what if she breaks her journey at Dubai and I pick her up from the Dubai airport and drive back in Oman which would cut this ridiculous 8+ hours wait. Obviously my wife has a Oman resident visa and resident card. Would she require visa for UAE to do this?

Anonymous said...

I heard that minimum of six month stay in muscat is required to go to dubai without roadpermit.is it true?

Anonymous said...

What are the procedures for the non-professionals such as technical hands? I am an expat, working in Defence contract as computer professional, but the resident card says some kind of technical field...Will i get the road permit to visit Dubai for couple of days? My family lives in Oman, but they are not travelling with me?

Anonymous said...

Hi, I have been traveling to Dubai by road since 2007 with family. I was never asked any road permit. Now my father has joined me on residence VISA, will he be able to travel with me without completing his 6 months stay in Oman ?

Anonymous said...

2 months back I was travelling to Dubai by bus but in the UAE border they did not permit me to go Dubai due to the profession mentioned in my ID card. My Job title is Planner but in my ID card is mentioned "Electrical technician" I was also carrying NOC from My Co. How can I visit to Dubai.

Anonymous said...

To get the visa for U.A.E by road ,where i can get the list of professional which are allowed to go.
Please post..

allen said...

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Ghazanfar said...

There are certain professions which don't need road pass.

Please see the list of eligible professions on ROP weblink http://www.rop.gov.om/english/dg_passport_visa_GGCServants.asp

Anonymous said...

Hi! My Omani ID card is titled as Logistics and Purchase Specialist. Do you think I can get visa on the boarders. I am Brazilian and I do need visa for UAE. Thanks!

Arun said...

Thank you so much for share the great information..!!
Arun Panchariya in Dubai

Rajesh Ramakrishnan said...

Regulation of Entry Visa for Escorts of GCC Nationals

1. This visa is issued for the category of domestic labor and families of GCC national families sponsored by them.
2. The validity of the visa after entry is (60) renewable twice for a similar period (30) days.
3. In case the stay period exceeds the legal period a fine of (100)Dhs shall be paid for each day.
4. The above visa may be used to depart from the country through the official departure ports.
5. This visa cannot be issued without the presence of the sponsor or his family, and such presence not required on departure.

Requirements

1. Valid passport for (6) months.
2. Valid Residency visa for (6) months.
3. Issuance fees (105) Dhs.
4. Exit Fees (35) Dhs. on depart
5. Escorts of the nationals of the Sultanate of Oman are exempted from the said fees.

assaree stamps, Ruwi said...

Please visit the following link you got a clear information about the professions permit to get a road permit from Oman to UAE

https://plus.google.com/u/0/100539999641162226387/posts/PnxWkSrucNa?pid=6065529123607947906&oid=100539999641162226387

assaree stamps, Ruwi said...

Please visit the following link you got a clear information about the professions permit to get a road permit from Oman to UAE

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-CtxvIDeIaMc/VC0WmfNwKoI/AAAAAAAAAd4/ecHYrCcY2YM/w440-h587-no/PROFESSIONS%2B%2BGET%2BROAD%2BPERMIT%2BFROM%2BOMAN%2BTO%2BUAE.jpg

Anonymous said...

Im working for a travel agency in oman, my profession is travel consult . Can I travel uae with this designation and if so after how many months

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