Quotes: US MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Saudi- ID cards to let GCC nationals breeze through airports  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 05/11/2012

No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!


 


(MENAFN - Arab News) The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is working to integrate its fast-track immigration services at airports, which will enable Gulf nationals to clear entry and exit points across the six Gulf states using their national ID cards.

"The ID cards need to be upgraded with more inbuilt capacity before the cards can be used for faster clearances," said Ahmed Al-Kaabi, a spokesman of the GCC General Secretariat. He said a large number of Gulf nationals, including Saudis, are already using their ID cards instead of their passports for traveling around the GCC member states for business and leisure.

An increasing number of Saudi nationals have also been using their Saudi ID cards, or bitaqat Al-Ahwal Al-Madaniya, for travel and for identification with government agencies and for third party service providers such as banks. The credit card sized Saudi ID card contains a 2.86-megabyte optical strip, which stores data and a photo.

Al-Kaabi pointed out that the GCC General Secretariat had already adopted the unified identity card reader's program. It is based on the edict of the GCC Supreme Committee to consider the ID card as personal identity evidence for various purposes. The same card will be upgraded to an e-Gate card, to provide a fast-track immigration clearance using smart technology, he added.
This means that when all GCC countries have implemented the project, Saudi ID cardholders can avoid manned emigration counters while exiting the Kingdom and while entering another GCC country. Expatriates in the Kingdom can also integrate the e-Gate facility on their iqama (proof of residency).
Unlike Saudis, expatriates will have to produce their passports to enter any other country in the GCC. "The entry regulations for expatriates in any Gulf state have been simplified largely," Al-Kaabi observed.

He said there is no problem for expatriates to travel from one GCC country to another. The new system will first be introduced for Saudi and Gulf nationals to take them through immigration faster. The new system would also save space on a passenger's passport, as it would eliminate the need for a manual stamp before every journey outside the country. It would also offer a speedy service to time-pressed business people of the Gulf countries.

Similar e-Gates may be set up at railway stations of the Gulf countries once the GCC combined railway project is launched. Such a move would have added significance in view of the progressively growing populations in the Gulf countries, including the Kingdom.

The GCC population reached an estimated 46.8 million in 2011, and is forecast to increase to 49.8 million in 2013.

 






  MENA News Headlines


 






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country
Marketwatch News
UPI News
Comtex News

IPO News
Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

US Markets Details

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Investment Game
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

My MENAFN
Portfolio Tracker

Voting

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2000 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help