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The United Arab Emirates often referred to as the U.A.E, is a federation of seven emirates on the eastern side of the Arabian peninsula, at the entrance to the Persian Gulf. For most Western tourists, the U.A.E. offers an environment that is extremely familiar. The malls are extraordinarily modern, filled with virtually any product available in the West (save sexually explicit material; movies are censored, as are, to some extent, magazines).
Visitors to the United Arab Emirates must obtain a visa prior to travel unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or one of the countries whose citizens are eligible for visa on arrival.
Nationals of the following 50 countries may enter the United Arab Emirates without a visa:
Free of movement
90 days within any 180 day period
All European Union citizens3 (except Ireland and United Kingdom)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Holders of normal passports issued by the following 21 countries and territories are eligible to obtain a free UAE visa on arrival, which is valid for 30 days. Extension is possible for a fee.
Bahamas (90 days)
Costa Rica (90 days)
El Salvador (90 days)
Maldives (90 days)
South Korea (90 days)
Uae visa is available for requestors in many types, you can determine the type of visa you need depending on your trip’s purpose (tour, visiting relatives, work, immigration…)
Every passenger requiring a visa will need to submit the following documents, in electronic and coloured format:
The main applicant for each application will also need to submit:
In addition, the following supporting documents, if available, will help in obtaining a visa, and can be submitted during the application process, under the ‘Additional Documents’ category
In some cases, other supporting documents, such as marriage certificates, etc, may also be required.
There are two way to apply for UAE visas. You can go to an embassy and submit your application there, or if you are eligible, you can apply online. Below are steps to apply you visa application at the embassy or consulate:
|48-hour||Passenger should hold onward reservation within 48 hours||Approximately USD 10||Non-extendable|
|96-hour||4 days from arrival date||Approximately USD 30||Non-extendable|
|Tourist – short term (single entry)||30 days from arrival date||Approximately USD 90||Extendable (Extension fee: approximately USD 230)|
|Tourist – short term (multiple entry)||30 days from first entry||Approximately USD 175||Extendable (Extension fee: approximately USD 230)|
|Tourist – long term (single entry)||90 days from arrival date||Approximately USD 190||Extendable (Extension fee: approximately USD 230)|
|Tourist – long term (multiple entry)||90 days from first entry||Approximately USD 460||Extendable (Extension fee: approximately USD 230)|
The UAE visa fees depend on several factors such as where you apply, who is your visa agent, and how fast you want your visa.
Visa processing time is approximately three to four working days. Entry into the UAE is subject to immigration approval. All visas are valid for 60 days from the date of issue to enter Dubai, except the 96-hour visa, which is valid for 30 days from the date of issue to enter Dubai.
All applicants must download the visa application form, fill in the required details and submit it with mandatory documents to start the process for a UAE visa. You can download UAE visa application form from internet or get directly from the embassy or consulate. It is recommended to contact nearest UAE embassy or consulate before starting prepare all required documents for application process.