[Stop-traffic] News/UAE: UAE visa curbs on women under 40

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/UAE: UAE visa curbs on women under 40
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Jan 03 2001 - 09:31:46 EST

This is not a solution to the problem of trafficking in women for forced labor!

Personally, as a women under the age of 40 I am complete outraged by this.



UAE visa curbs on women under 40
Bernama, December 10, 2000

DUBAI, UAE (Bernama) -- The United Arab Emirates, in a move that is bound
to affect a significant number of foreigners coming to the country, has
decided not to issue tourist and visit visas to women under the age of 40,
the local press reported.

However, the ban will not cover women accompanied by their husbands or
close relatives, the Gulf Today newspaper reported citing sources.

In the wake of reports of misuse of visit and tourist visas, the
Immigration Department had also directed tour operators in the country to
"bring tourists in groups," and get information regarding the exact place
where visitors would be staying.

The tourists would also be required to give a visit programme during their
stay in the country.

Earlier, the department had banned the issuance of tourist and visit visas
to women less than 30 years of age after it was reported that some of these
women had overstayed in the country in violation of the law.

The previous ban did not succeed in putting an end to the entry of these
women because they used to change their passports to fudge their real age
to come to the UAE.

"Consequently, the department decided to raise the age ceiling by 10 years
so as to verify the age by appearance," the paper said.

Over the past several years, the country had been trying to market itself
as a major tourist destination in West Asia to develop non-oil sources of

However, the authorities had also been facing the problem of people
overstaying to find work here after coming as tourists.
Melanie Orhant
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