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Visa & Entry Information
Your guide to applying for a visa to Dubai

The type of visa needed to enter Dubai depends on several factors such as your nationality, the purpose of your planned visit and its duration.

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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:

Andorra
Australia
Brunei
Canada
Vatican City
Hong Kong
Ireland
Japan
Malaysia
Chile
Monaco
Russia
San Marino
Seychelles
Singapore
Ukraine
Mauritius
China
Kazakhstan
New Zealand
United
Kingdom
United States of America

Please note:

  1. Citizens of the countries listed above can obtain a visa upon arrival for 30 days from the date of entry with their normal passports
  2. The visa is extendable and the total validity, if extended, would be 60 days from the date of entry
  3. Passports should be normal and valid for more than six months
  4. 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 the following 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 Korea
Argentina
Bahamas
Solomon Islands
Nauru

Please note:

  1. Citizens of the countries listed above can obtain a visa upon arrival for 90 days from the date of entry with their normal passports
  2. The visa is extendable
  3. Passports should be normal and valid for more than six months
Visa is valid for 90 days. Not Extendable.
Austria
Belgium
Brazil
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

Please note:

  1. Citizens of the countries listed above can obtain a visa upon arrival for 90 days from the date of entry with their normal passports
  2. This visa type is not renewable
  3. Passports should be normal and valid for more than six months
  4. The visa holder can use the 90-day visa upon arrival to be consumed within 180 days from first entry

GCC Residents

If you are a national citizen of one of the GCC countries, you don't need a visa or a sponsor to visit the UAE. However, foreigners accompanying the GCC nationals, or GCC expatriate residents must obtain an online visa upfront before arriving to UAE.

The UAE Ministry of Interior provides an online visa system for expatriates residing in GCC countries and need to visit UAE. The online visa application system also features an online payment method. Upon approval, eVisa will be sent to the applicant registered email.

eChannels system allows individuals from the following categories to apply:

  1. UAE nationals: The system allows them to apply for the individuals they sponsor
  2. Expatriate residents in UAE: The system allows them to apply for a visa or entry permit, and to renew or cancel them
  3. GCC nationals living in the UAE: They can apply for the individuals they sponsor
  4. Residents of GCC: They can apply for entry permit to the UAE
  5. Visitors: Prospective visitors may also apply for entry permit/visit visa

Note that obtaining the eVisa before you travel to UAE is a must. GCC residents or GCC citizens sponsoring a non-resident or non-citizen will not receive approval for the guest's application if the sponsor is not accompanying guest upon entry.

UAE nationals, residents, and firms can apply for a new visa or visa renewal through an online smart system UAE eChannels' under the Ministry of Interior.

Visa Types

Service Visa

Duration: 14 days from the date of entry
Validity: 14 days from the date of issue

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 and prearrangement*

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, company or hotel*

Transit Visa

Duration: 96 hours
Validity: 14 days from the date of issue
Prerequisites: This type of visa can only be provided by airlines

Work Visa

Regulations for a Work Visa application:

  1. Passport must be valid for a minimum of six months at the time of entry to the UAE. Only recent colour photographs are accepted (Non-Polaroid) with a white background
  2. Those who are already in the UAE can apply for a change of status inside the country or they can exit the UAE and come back
  3. Change of status option is subject to approval, depending upon the visa type. If you do not fall into one of the above categories, you will require a visa and a sponsor for your visit, and the sponsor normally applies for the visa on your behalf

For more information, please visit https://www.dnrd.ae/en/visa-information-and-tips

Apply for Visa

Valid Sponsors
  1. Hotels and tourist companies can apply on your behalf for a Service Visa (14 days), Tourist Visa (30 days) or a Visit Visa (90 days)
  2. Other organizations based in the UAE may only apply for Visit Visas and Service Visas
  3. Individuals (relatives or friends) who are UAE residents may, subject to guidelines, also apply on your behalf for a Visit Visa
  4. If you are coming here to work, you will require a visa that can be obtained on your behalf by your employer or sponsor
Online

You can apply for visa through Emirates Visa Services.

Contact General Directory of Residency and Foreigners Affairs

Toll Free (Int.): +971 4 313 9999
Fax: +9714 5011111
E-Mail: amer@dnrd.ae

Mail Address:
General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs-Dubai
P.O BOX: 4333 Dubai
United Arab Emirates
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