The procedures for
getting a visa to enter the UAE are relatively simple and
hassle-free and if all documents are in order, then the visa is
issued within 72 hours. In urgent cases, visas are also issued
within a day. The Ministry of Interior's Dubai Naturalization and
Residency Department (DNRD) is the sole administrative authority
responsible for issuing visas to foreigners who wish to visit the
To obtain a visa from a UAE embassy,
you will need the following:
- 2 photographs
- Duplicate application form
- Letter or fax from the
sponsor in the UAE to the embassy concerned
- A letter from the applicant's
company plus photocopy
nationalities will not require a visa to travel to Dubai / UAE as
they can have it upon arrival at the airport:
Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Lexembourg,
Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland,
Finland, Spain, Monaco, Vatican City, Iceland, Andorra, San Marino,
Australia, New Zealand.
Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Korea.
Cooperation Council Countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE,
UAE has introduced 16
new types of visas following the revamp of the structure and charges
of entry documents in line with a cabinet decision. The new visas
will be implemented from August 1, 2008.
As per the new
policies with regard to issue of entry permits to UAE, the residents
can apply for the visa for their spouse or blood relatives. They
will need the approval of senior officials for sponsoring other
relatives. Only UAE nationals can sponsor friends. The health
insurance policy will also become mandatory for visitors and a
Dh1,000 deposit will be collected by the department before issuing
visas valid for 30 days will cost Dh500 while 90-day visit visa will
cost Dh1,000. A multiple entry visa costing Dh2,000 has also been
introduced valid for six months. However, a person can stay in the
country only for 14 days at a stretch. One-month long tourist visas
will cost Dh100 that may be renewed once.
Types of Visa
Visit Visa (1 month)
Visit Visa (3 months)
for GCC State Residents
GCC State Residents
for GCC State Resident's Companions
GCC State Residents Companions' Visa
for Expos & Conferences
for Medical Treatment
Medical Treatment Visa
UAE Visit Visa
Citizens of the UK (with right of
abode in the UK) will be granted a free of charge visit visa on
arrival in the UAE: Passports will be stamped with the visit visa as
you pass through Immigration at any airport in the UAE. Although the
visa may be stamped for 30 days, it entitles the holder to stay in
the country for 60 days and may be renewed once for an additional
period of 30 days for a fee of Dh500.
Except for citizens of the Gulf
Cooperation Council who do not require a visa and nationalities
automatically entitled to visit visas on entry, all other visitors
who wish to stay longer than 14 days in the UAE (see Entry Service
Permit below) must obtain a visit visa in advance through a sponsor.
The sponsor can be your travel agency, your hotel, the company or
department with which you are doing business in the UAE, or an
individual (eg. a relative or friend resident in the UAE).
You can pick up this visit visa on
arrival at the airport, but there is a fee of Dh100 plus a Dh10
delivery charge for this service. In order to complete your
application, your sponsor will require your date of arrival, flight
details, and a photocopy of the first few pages of your passport,
which should be valid for at least three months.
A hotel will only provide a visa if
you are a guest. For an individual to sponsor a visit visa, he or
she must earn over Dh4000 per month and hold a valid residence visa.
Your visit visa must be deposited at airport immigration one hour
before the arrival of your flight. Note that your airline may
require evidence (e.g. a photocopy) before departure that a valid
visa awaits you on arrival.
Please note that holders of British
Overseas Citizens Passport who do not have the right of abode in the
UK do need visas to enter the UAE.
Transit Visa is issued to individuals at the request of any licensed
company such as hotels or trading companies who hold an
authorization for applying for this visa. It is valid for 14 days
and it cannot be renewed.
the visitor's passport
form, completed and signed by the sponsoring company
card of the company
The DNRD renews the Visit Visa at its expiry date if the sponsor so
decides. Renewals can be made by exiting and re-entering the country
to gain an exit stamp and a new entry stamp on the passport or by
paying the extension fee of Dhs 500 (US $ 137) at the DNRD.If you
overstay your visit visa, there's a ten day grace period in which to
leave the country. After that period, each day overstayed will
attract a fine of Dhs. 100 (US $ 28).
Multiple Entry Visa :
An option for business visitors who
are frequent visitors to the UAE and who have a relationship with a
reputable company in the UAE. Valid for six months from date of
issue, each visit must not exceed 30 days in total. This visa costs
Dh1000. The visitor must enter the UAE on a visit visa and obtain
the multiple entry visa while in the country.
German citizens (both tourists and
business visitors) may apply to the UAE embassy in Germany for one
or two year multiple-entry visa. No sponsor is required. The maximum
duration of stay should not exceed three months a year. The visa fee
US citizens may apply to the UAE
embassy in the US for one to ten year multiple-entry visas. A
sponsor is required and the visa will be granted free of charge. The
maximum duration of stay should not exceed six months per visit.