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Dubai E-gate card

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Egate cards in Dubai and UAE

Dubai e-gate card, or egate card, information about application, services, renewal. The egate card allows UAE visitors and residents to smoothly enter Abu Dhabi, Dubai, at the airport without having to wait in long passport queues by presenting the card and your fingerprint at special egate reader or scanning machines at immigration and passport control depart from and arrive in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, and maybe Sharjah.

At some point during or after 2010, this information might become very out of date, depending on the Emirates ID card process. The Emirates ID card might replace the e-gate card, or it might not, or it might change, or ... and so on. Which is SOP for the UAE. An October 2010 report said that an Emirates ID card could be activated as an e-gate card at one of the EIDA centers by paying AED 150. Update October 2011: it appears as if your Emirates ID card can be activated as an E-gate card by taking it to an E-gate center (bring passport, money, old e-gate card if you have one, and it should be a quick and easy process).

Egate card in Dubai information and application

Tip 1: if your e-gate card has expired, try the e-gate anyway. It might work, and even if it doesn't, the immigration official at the gate might let you through, saving a long wait in the immigration queues. Be polite, s/he will be perfectly entitled to tell you to go through the cattle gate.

Tip 2: If you're travelling with someone who doesn't have an e-gate card, take them with you anyway. The passport controller at the gate might let them through after checking their passport. This is more likely to work if your companion is husband or wife (or boyfriend/girlfriend - but say husband/wife if asked), and they're from one of the get a visa on arrival countries. It's not going to work if you're travelling with a stag party or football team and you're the only one with an e-gate card - it's more likely to prompt the opening of a box of rubber gloves.

E-gate card application locations
E-gate card issue at Dubai Airport arrivals terminal
E-gate card in other emirates - Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah
Emirates ID card egate card activation
Emirates Airlines Skywards members e-gate card
Etihad Airways e-gate credit cards (HSBC, ADCB, ADIB) and frequent flyer membership cards (Etihad Guest Program)
Last update Wednesday 30-Jul-2014
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