Entry Requirements, Immigration, Visa UAE

VISA TYPES

Transit / Stopover Visa

  • Duration: 48 hours or 96 hours
  • Validity: 14 days from the date of issue
  • Prerequisites: Travellers require a confirmed hotel booking for the duration of their transit in UAE. Travellers require a confirmed flight ticket departing from UAE within the duration of their transit. Entry into the UAE is subject to immigration approval. Standard duration applies for all visa applications and is subject to immigration approval and security clearance. Travellers can apply for transit visas at the airport, which is subject to immigration approval and security clearance. Transit visas are bookable via local travel partners. Visa processing fees apply for both 48-hour and 96-hour visas.
  • Note: Only the UAE based-airlines you are travelling through can arrange your transit visa prior to your journey. If your trip is through a travel agency, the agency can also help you get the visa, but all visas are routed through the airline. Transit visa from Etihad Airways / Transit visa from Emirates Airlines

Service Visa

  • Duration: 14 days from the date of entry
  • Validity: 14 days from the date of issue
  • Prerequisites: Sponsorship from a hotel or tour operator

Tourist Visa

  • Duration: Long-term visa for 60 days or short-term visa for 30 days from the date of entry, depending upon the visa type
  • Validity: 60 days from the date of issue
  • Prerequisites: Sponsorship from a hotel or tour operator
  • Tourist visas through airlines: Each airline has some conditions, which must be met in order for your visa to be arranged by them. One of the conditions is flying with them. For more updated and specific information, check the following UAE-based airlines for visa types, facilities, terms and conditions. Visa services from Etihad Airways / Visa Services offered by Emirates Airline / Visa services from Fly Dubai / Visa services from Air Arabia
  • Tourist visas through travel agencies and hotels: Licensed travel agents and hotels in the UAE can arrange a tourist visa for you provided you purchase the ticket through them and maintain hotel reservation(s) with the specific hotel. You can also contact travel agencies in your country for any tourist packages available to the UAE in collaboration with a local tour operator. It is important to check the authenticity of travel agents you are dealing with and refrain from paying or sending copies of your official documents until after you are 100 percent sure the tour operator is genuine. You can seek the help of the UAE embassy in your country for verification.
  • Note: The UAE embassies do not issue tourist visas. In order to get a tourist visa to the UAE, you need to get in touch with one of the UAE-based airlines, a tour agency or a hotel (where you intend to stay) in the UAE who will apply for visa on your behalf to the official visa-issuing authorities in the UAE.

Visit Visa

  • Duration: 90 days/30 days from the date of entry, depending upon the visa type
  • Validity: 60 days from the date of issue
  • Prerequisites: Sponsorship from a UAE resident, tour operator or hotel

Work Visa

  • Companies have to apply for an employee’s work visa. Visa duration and validity are subject to the terms of the employment contract.
  • Prerequisites: Passports must be valid for at least six months at the time of entry to the UAE and only recent colour photographs (Non-Polaroid) with a white background will be accepted. Those who are already in the UAE can apply for a change of status while still in the country, or they can exit the UAE and come back.

VISA-FREE ENTRY

Citizens of GCC countries do not require a visa or permit or to be sponsored by a national or resident in the UAE. They need to produce their GCC country passport or national ID card at the point of entry into the UAE. However, foreigners accompanying the GCC nationals, or GCC expatriate residents must obtain an online visa upfront before arriving to UAE through online smart system UAE eChannels portal.

VISA ON ARRIVAL

30 Day Visa – On Arrival

Citizens of the following countries do not require advance visa arrangements to enter the UAE and can obtain a visa upon arrival for 30 days with a 10-day grace period for extension:

AndorraAustraliaBruneiCanadaVatican City
Hong Kong (China)IrelandJapanMalaysiaChile
MonacoRussiaSan MarinoSeychellesSingapore
UkraineMauritiusMauritiusChinaKazakhstan
New ZealandUnited Kingdom United States of America
  • Citizens of the countries listed above can obtain a visa upon arrival for 30 days from the date of entry with their normal passports.
  • The visa is extendable and the total validity, if extended, would be 60 days from the date of entry.
  • Passports should be normal and valid for more than six months.
  • This visa is considered a multi-entry visa, which allows the visa holder to consume the 30-day visa validity regardless of whether the visa holder is inside or outside the UAE.
  • Any number of days the visa holder stays outside the UAE would be calculated from the 30-day validity of the visa.

90 Day Visa – On Arrival

Citizens of these countries do not require advance visa arrangements to enter the UAE and can obtain a visa upon arrival for 90 days:

Visa is valid for 90 days (extendable)

South KoreaArgentinaBahamasSolomon IslandsNauru
  • Citizens of the countries listed above can obtain a visa upon arrival for 90 days from the date of entry with their normal passports.
  • The visa is extendable.
  • Passports should be normal and valid for more than six months.

Visa is valid for 90 days (not extendable)

AustriaBelgiumBrazil Bulgaria Croatia
Cyprus Denmark Estonia Switzerland Finland
Poland France Germany Greece Hungary
Iceland Italy Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg
Malta Netherlands Norway Portugal Romania
Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Liechtenstein
Czech Republic
  • Citizens of the countries listed above can obtain a visa upon arrival for 90 days from the date of entry with their normal passports.
  • This visa type is not renewable.
  • Passports should be normal and valid for more than six months.
  • The visa holder can use the 90-day visa upon arrival to be consumed within 180 days from first entry.

14 Day Visa – On Arrival (For Indians*)

*Indian citizens holding a normal passport and either a visit visa issued by the USA or a green card issued by the USA or a residence visa issued by the UK or a residence visa issued by the EU can obtain a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 14 days provided that the visas or the green card is valid for at least six months from the date of arrival into the UAE.

TRANSIT / STOPOVER VISA

If you are not one of the nationalities that are eligible for a visa on arrival or a visa-free entry to the UAE, then you need a transit visa. Transit visas are available for all passport* holders for a duration of 48 to 96 hours. Passengers must have a valid onward flight booking outside of the UAE and a valid hotel booking for the duration of the stay in the country. It’s advisable to plan ahead and apply for visas in advance, before booking your stopover and transit through any of the ports in UAE. Please contact your nearest travel operator to check if your passport is eligible.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A VISA

Contact your local travel partner who will apply on your behalf for a Service Visa (14 days), Tourist Visa (30 days), Visit Visa (90 days) or Transit Visa (48 to 96 hours).

Individuals (relatives or friends) who are UAE residents, UAE Nationals or UAE Companies may, subject to guidelines, also apply on your behalf for a Visit Visa through the website of Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship – ICA (the eChannel for residency and citizenship), under the Ministry of interior or the relevant General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in each emirate, links to which are listed below:

While ICA offers only online channels, GDRFA offers both online and offline channels. Offline visa application can be done through licensed typing centers where the visa application is typed and processed through the GDRFA of the respective emirate. Upon approval, the sponsor will receive a message about the approval and the original entry permit.

Last Updated: 1st December 2019