For family visit visas, health insurance and a return ticket are mandatory

For the approval of family visit visas, health insurance and a return ticket are required, and a number of applications have been rejected due to the lack of these requirements.

Lt. Col. Tariq Issa Aqeedi from the General Directorate of Passports of the Ministry of Interior said, “Health insurance has become mandatory for family visit visas and the insurance is required to cover the complete stay of the visitor in the country,” In a webinar yesterday, he urged companies to use Metrash2 services because they are easier and save time and effort for both parties.

Lt. Col. Aqeedi noted that despite its importance, many companies do not use the automatic RP renewal service. When companies use this service, they don’t have to enter the data for each employee and complete each transaction individually. This feature is especially useful for companies with a large number of employees.

Organised by Public Relations in collaboration with the General Directorate of Passports, over 300 people from HR, finance, safety, security, public and private companies, schools, as well as the heads and representatives of expatriate communities attended the event.

Lt. Col. Aqeedi told the webinar that 440,028 transactions were made through Metrash2 in the first half of this year, of which only 305,302 were renewals of residence. The Metrash2 app has more than 220 active services available in six languages, including Arabic, English, French, Malayalam, Urdu, and Spanish.

It provides secure and encrypted services and supports the majority of smart devices, allowing it to reach the widest audience possible.  “It is important to use Metrash2 especially in the recent exceptional times (2020-2021), that witnessed many changes due to coronavirus pandemic, which obliged everyone to take the precautionary and preventive measures taken by the State to protect the society.” he urged the people to use the app more often.


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