Visa Information

The 15th IEEE International Symposium on Signal Processing and Information Technology


December 7-10, 2015, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Visa Information

Before travelling to the UAE, please check your visa requirements and make sure you have a valid visa if needed. Citizens of the GCC nations of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia do not require a visa for entering the UAE.
If required, we can provide you with a letter confirming your attendance to the ISSPIT 2015 for obtaining your visa. The acceptance letter for visa purposes can be generated through EDAS. If you have any further questions or difficulties, please contact Samr Ali.

Visa On Arrival

If you are from any of the following nationalities/regions (listed below), you do not need a prior visa to travel to the UAE. Citizens of eligible countries/regions are allowed to enter the UAE without a visa prior to arrival as long as they are carrying a valid passport that will not expire within six months of their arrival date. Immigration officials may grant a visit visa, which is valid for 30 days, on arrival at the port of entry.

Citizens of all other countries will need to apply for a Tourist visa prior to their trip. Please note on your application that you are visiting for a conference.

Travelling with Emirates to Dubai

Nationals of countries requiring a prearranged UAE visa can now apply and pay for their visas online through If you are travelling to Dubai with Emirates, you can submit an application and receive your UAE visa entirely online – without having to submit your passport for stamping. You can apply for your UAE visa through the Manage a Booking tool after booking your Emirates flight.

Travelling with Etihad to Abu Dhabi

TT Services is providing the visa application facility for Etihad Airways Guests.This facility is open for guests visiting UAE travelling on the Etihad Airways and fulfilling the eligibility conditions announced from time to time by the UAE Authorities.

Other air travel companies

If you have booked your trip through a travel agency, in most cases they will be able to arrange this for you. Otherwise, you will need to apply for a visa through your nearest UAE embassy. An eye scan will be required at the airport.

Immigration procedures

As an added security measure, Immigration Authorities at the International Airports are now conducting random eye screening for visitors. Visitors asked to proceed for eye screening are required to present a hard copy of their visa or a printed version of the visa number confirmation page at the screening counter. If you do not have a copy with you, a charge of AED 30 per copy applies - payable only in AED.

General Information

If this is your first time visiting the UAE, below are some useful information and tips.

Local time (GMT +04.00)

Abu Dhabi visitor information

Visit ( or call 00 971 2 4440 444; toll-free from the UAE: 800 555).

Ambulance and police emergencies (Dial 999)

Fire (Dial 997)


The Abu Dhabi Government portal ( provides an updated list of 24-hour pharmacies and medical services, including hospitals, clinics, and medical centres. If you don't have Internet access you can call the toll free number 800 555 (+971 2 666 4442).

Currency (Dirham)


The electricity supply in Abu Dhabi is 220/240 volts at 50 Hz. Sockets suitable for three pin 13 amp plugs of British standard design are the norm, but adaptors can be purchased in the majority of local supermarkets and stores. Appliances or electronic equipment purchased in the UAE will generally have two pin plugs attached.

Telephone code

From abroad, dial 00 971, then leave off the zero at the start of the number. Most Abu Dhabi numbers start with 02, Dubai 04 and Al Ain 03.

Local laws and etiquette

It is courteous to dress modestly, especially during Ramadan, and reserve swimwear for the beach. Insulting or threatening language or behaviour can in some cases involve the police being called; if in difficulty attempt to resolve matters with a calm and professional demeanour. Alcohol consumption is not permitted in public areas outside hotels, so do not take alcohol from your hotel to the public beaches, parks, gardens, or other public areas. Refrain from kissing and cuddling in public areas. Do not insult the UAE’s rulers or use offensive hand gestures. Abu Dhabi is virtually crime-free but in case of any theft, unwanted attention, or other crimes, report to the police, who will resolve such matters in a serious manner. Do not photograph local or any other people without their permission and knowledge. In the occurance of a traffic accident, contact the police immediately; if it’s a minor incident, move your car to the side of the road until they arrive. You cannot file an insurance claim without a police report. All visitors to the UAE must have medical insurance cove but initial emergency medical treatment is free.

September 4 Proposals for Tutorials and Special Sessions
October 1 Regular paper submission
October 30 Notification of acceptance
November 15 Final Version of paper and registration