Visa and passport requirements for eligible entry to the United Arab Emirates vary based on several factors. These factors include the country of origin, the nationality of the potential visitor, the passport type, the planned length of stay, and the purpose of the visit to Dubai.
Here are some helpful guidelines for foreigners planning to visit the country.
Nationality and country of origin
There are certain exceptions regarding a visa application for entry into the UAE. For example, citizens of GCC countries do not need to apply for a visa to travel to Dubai. The GCC countries are Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, and Bahrain. The privilege extends to escorts from GCC nationals (eg, domestic assistants, drivers, personal assistants, etc.), but only for a stay of 60 days. Residents of GCC countries who are not nationals, but who have a good reputation and enjoy a privileged status in their profession, will receive a non-renewable 30-day visa once they arrive at an approved port of entry. These professionals are doctors, engineers, accountants, entrepreneurs, managers, government officials, etc. Their families and any employees or counselors they sponsor to receive the same courtesy.
Meanwhile, advance visa arrangements are also not required for visitors from certain countries as long as their stay is no longer than 30 days. If these visitors decide to extend their stay, they only have to pay a supplement. This list is quite long and includes countries/areas such as Australia, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden, South Korea, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Vatican City. Citizens of countries not on this list must obtain a visa well in advance of travel. Nevertheless, it is important to contact the UAE visa authorities as this list is updated from time to time.
Online visa application for Emirates customers
Airline passengers flying with Emirates have the option to submit a visa application online to access Dubai. It should be emphasized that only confirmed Emirates passengers whose tickets have already been issued are eligible. The escape route must already be available. In this procedure, it is not necessary to have the passport of the traveler stamped. However, the passport must be valid for at least six months with regard to the dates of travel to the United Arab Emirates. Finally, this option is only available to visitors whose stay in Dubai is a minimum of 96 hours and a maximum of 30 days.
What is a “Visit Visa”?
Tourist companies, hotels, airlines, airlines, UAE organizations, UAE citizens, and eligible residents can apply on behalf of a visitor who intends to spend more than 14 days in the country. This type of sponsorship usually applies to foreigners flying to Dubai for a longer business trip or planning to visit friends and relatives. Some documents that the sponsor must provide are a copy of his passport and a copy of his employment contract or salary certificate.