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We are SA citizens traveling with Etihad Airlines.
We have a 10 hour layover on our way back to SA from Thailand and I would like to book into one of the express hotels situated opposite the terminal within the airport.

Do I need a visa for this?

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The only hotel for which you don't need a visa is the airport hotel.

For the hotel you are referring to, you will need a transit visa. The good news is, Etihad can arrange these for you very easily. Once you have your reservation, contact your Etihad airlines office and they will arrange for a visa for your traveling party. Make sure you contact them well in advance.

  • The last time I looked, Etihad could also arrange for the visa under "Manage my booking" on their web site. – Michael Hampton Apr 24 '16 at 4:52
  • Its outsourced unfortunately to TTS (here is the direct link); and they are not the most reliable. It is a lot easier to simply visit the office if there is one close by. – Burhan Khalid Apr 24 '16 at 5:11

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