UAE Visa Information


Your guide to applying for a visa to Dubai

The type of visa needed to enter Dubai or other emirates within the UAE depends on several factors such as your nationality, the purpose of your planned visit and its duration. GCC nationals are granted entry upon arrival to the UAE with passports or national IDs. Non-GCC passport holders travelling with GCC nationals should check visa requirements for their respective countries.

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:

France Iceland Italy Norway Holland
Germany Sweden Austria Finland Liechtenstein
Belgium Greece Luxembourg Poland Switzerland
Estonia Portugal Malta Spain Cyprus
Denmark Croatia Slovenia Romania Slovakia
Bulgaria Czech Republic Hungary Lithuania Latvia
Chile Ukraine      

Indian citizens in possession of a valid US visa (green card or student visa) can apply for 14-day visa on arrival at the airport.

Please note: 

  • 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.

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:

Andorra China Malaysia Singapore
Australia Hong Kong Monaco South Korea
Brunei Ireland New Zealand The Vatican
Canada Japan San Marino United States
 United Kingdom Russia     

Please note:

  • 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 40-day validity of the visa.
  • Visitors can contact the AMER service call centre at 8005111 to check the validity of their visas.

Other Visa Types:

Other 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
This type of visa can only be provided by airlines

Documents Required for a Visa (travel agency requirements)

  • Coloured passport copies
  • Visa fee

 

Regulations for a Work Visa application:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Valid sponsors:

  • 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).
  • Other organizations based in the UAE may only apply for Visit Visas and Service Visas.
  • Individuals (relatives or friends) who are UAE residents may, subject to guidelines, also apply on your behalf for a Visit Visa.

If you are coming here to work, you will require a visa that can be obtained on your behalf by your employer or sponsor.