The kind of visa you require for entry into the UAE depends on a number of factors, such as your nationality, the purpose of your visit and the planned duration.
The UAE authorities have taken many steps to make this process as straightforward and easy as possible and citizens from the following countries do not require pre-entry visas to enter the UAE.
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Lithuania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America, The Vatican.
It should be noted that this list may vary slightly from time to time and it is therefore best to check with your local UAE embassy or the airline that you are using to fly to the UAE.
If your country is not listed above, you will require a visa and a sponsor from the list below (the sponsor normally applies for the visa on your behalf).
• Hotels and tourist companies can apply on your behalf for a Tourist Visa (valid for 30 days), a Service Visa (valid for 14 days) or a Visit Visa (valid for 30 days and can be extended for other 30 days)
• Airlines and airlines handlers can apply on behalf of their crew members for a 96-hour Transit Visa
• Other organizations based in the UAE may only apply for Visit Visas and Service Visas
• Individuals (relatives or friends) already resident in the UAE may, subject to guidelines, also apply on your behalf for a Visit Visa
If you are coming to work in the UAE, you will require a visa that can only be obtained on your behalf by your employer or sponsor.
Regulations for a Work Visa application:
• Passport must have minimum 6 months validity remaining at the time of application for an Entry Permit
• All photographs are to be recent, colour photographs (Polaroid photographs are not accepted)
• Those who are already in the UAE cannot get another entry permit until they depart from the UAE
Other Visa Types:
Entry Service Permit — Valid 14 days from the day it is issued and good for a 14-day stay.
Tourist Visa — Valid for a 30-day stay, but you can extend it to 40 days. You'll need sponsorship from a hotel or tour operator, and prearrangement is required. You must also have an honoured passport.
Visit Visa — Valid 60 days from the day it is issued and good for a 90-day duration of stay. You'll need sponsorship from a UAE resident, company or hotel. You can't extend this visa, and it's only valid one time.
Transit Visa — Valid 14 days from the day it is issued and good for 96 hours. You'll need a confirmed hotel reservation.
Documents Required for a Visa
• Passport copies
• Copy of confirmed flight booking
• Bank approval letter
• Passport-sized photographs
• Visa fee
Apply for a Visa
For more information and to apply for a visa, please visit the General Directory of Residency and Foreigners Affairs.
Dubai Visa Processing Centre (DVPC) now offers a 30 day and 90 day multiple entry visa categories to UAE
Travelling to the UAE is now even more convenient when you fly Emirates to Dubai and avail of visa services from DVPC. The new visa categories introduced are the Short Term Visit Multiple Entry Tourist Visa - 30 days, and the Long Term Visit Multiple Entry Tourist Visa - 90 days. These visas are valid for multiple entries into UAE during the validity of the visa and can be availed by visa applicants who wish to travel to the UAE for the purpose of business, seminars & exhibitions or a vacation, and need to visit the UAE (DXB) multiple times.
DVPC operates 33 Dubai visa application centres in 16 countries across the globe. The Dubai visa application service includes accepting documents, collecting the visa fee and issuing receipts to customers and then forwarding their application to the relevant authorities in the UAE. DVPC also provides value added options like the door-to-door and express visa service in select markets. Services from DVPC are available online to residents of over 180 countries globally via www.emirates.com.
Regulations do change from time to time, and whilst we endeavour to keep this information up to date, you should also check with your airline and regional UAE embassy or consulate before you start making travel plans.