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UAE Tourist Visa

With over 15.8 million tourists visiting the UAE for holidaymaking and leisure purposes, maybe it’s time you joined the wagon. But before you plan to visit UAE it is best to learn about the types of visas and which visa is suitable for you and your family. Extreme Arabia has created a blog for you to understand the types of visas and plan your trip according to the visa you are eligible for.

A.   No visa entry for tourists

This facility is only reserved for GCC nationals . Citizens of GCC countries can enter UAE by showing their local ID card or passport.

Countries eligible for no-visa entry are:

  • Bahrain
  • Oman
  • Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia
  • Kuwait
  • Although Qatar is also a member of the GCC group, Qatari nationals will be denied entry without a visa because of the ongoing siege.

B.   On-arrival visa types for tourists

The biggest factor that decides your eligibility for a UAE on-arrival visa is your nationality or your passports’ originating country. The on-arrival visa will be stamped on the passports of eligible individuals when they enter through UAE’s land borders, sea ports or airports. This eliminates the hassle of a pre-applied visa. Depending on the nationality the number of days allowed to stay may vary. Read below to find out more.

What are the documents required for an on-arrival visa?

Getting an on-arrival visa is really easy because you only have to show your passport at immigration (if entering through airport or seaport) or the checkpoint (if entering by land) and the entry seal will be stamped on your passport.

1.     90 days on-arrival visa

Individuals who are eligible for a 90 day on-arrival visa should keep the following things in mind:

  1. The 90 days on-arrival visa cannot be renewed. The 90 day stay period should be utilised within 180 days counting from the date of arrival.
  2. All passports should be valid for at least 6 months from date of scheduled return to get the on-entry visa.

The countries that are eligible for a 90 day stay with an on-arrival visa are:

 

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

 

2.     30 days on-arrival visa

Individuals who are eligible for a 30 day on-arrival visa should know the following::

  1. The 30 day on-arrival visa has a grace period of 10 days.
  2. The visa can be extended once for an additional 30 days totalling for a stay of 60 days. This is not applicable for GCC Residents.
  3. The 30 day on-arrival visa is regarded as a multiple entry visa. The holder can exit UAE and return back within the visa’s 40 day validity period with the same 30 day visa.
  4. The holder’s passport should have a minimum validity of 6 months.

Individuals eligible for a 30 day visa are:

 

  • GCC Residents holding top-level positions or public sector employees and families

 

  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Monaco
  • San Marino
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • The Vatican
  • USA
  • New Zealand
  • Canada
  • UK

 

3.     14 days on-arrival visa

Individuals eligible for the 14-day on arrival visa are the Indian nationals who have a green card or USA visa (student, resident). Starting from 2017, the visaa can be extended for an additional 14 days totalling the stay to 28 days.Indian citizens without any US visa are not eligible for the on-arrival visa.

If you are not eligible for a no-visa entry or an on-arrival visa, then continue reading to know more about the pre-arrival visas you could apply for.

C.   Pre-arrival visa types for tourists

These visas have to be issued before entering into the country. The documents vary according to the visa type. Please keep reading to know more.

1.     30 days visit visa (short-term single entry visa)

  • What is the validity period of the 30 day visit visa?

The 30 day visit visa is valid for 58 days from the date of issue. The visa holder has to enter UAE within this 58 days otherwise the visa will get cancelled on the 59th day.

Individuals applying for the 30 day visa should know the following points:

  1. This visa is non-extendable.
  2. The processing duration for a 30 day visa is 3 to 7 working days, excluding weekends and any UAE holidays.
  • What are the required supporting documents to apply for a 30 day visit visa?

For this visa to be issued without any trouble, the documents mentioned below are required.

  • Fully filled visa application form
  • Colour photograph with white background
  • Clear, colour copy of passport’s personal information page (and additional information page depending on nationality eg. India passports). Passport should have a minimum validity of 6 months
  • Copy of flight ticket

2.     90 days visit visa (long-term single entry visa)

  • What is the validity period of the 90 day visit visa?

The 90 day visit visa is valid for 60 days from the date of issue. The visa holder has to enter UAE within this 60 days otherwise the visa will get cancelled on the 61st day.

  • What is the application procedure for the 90 day visit visa?

The necessary documents will be collected and submitted to the UAE Department of Immigration for approval. After the documents have been approved it will be attached with the application form and sent for visa application. After the visa has been issued, the individual can enter UAE.

 

The are 3 types of 90 day visa. They are:

A.    Tourism

This is suitable for tourist visiting UAE for leisure purposes or holidays. The documents required for this visa type are:

  • Color copy of passport personal details page
  • Flight ticket
  • Proof of Hotel reservation

B.     Personal

This is suitable for individuals visiting their family or friends living in the UAE. The necessary documents are:

  • Color copy of passport personal details page
  • Flight ticket
  • Proof of relationship (birth certificate, marriage certificate, etc)
  • Guarantee letter from host or sponsor
  • Host’s or sponsor’s residence visa page
  • Color copy of host’s or sponsor’s passport personal details page

C.    Official

This visa type is for individuals who are visiting UAE for business purposes. The necessary documents are:

  • Color copy of passport personal details page
  • Confirmed flight ticket
  • Hotel reservation
  • Company cover letter
  • Resident permit and color copy of host’s passport OR  Invitation letter from host company

Exceptions in terms of issuing UAE tourist visas

  1. Palestinian nationals holding documents issued by Egypt or Iraq will/may be refused to enter UAE.
  2. The UAE wont issue any type of UAE visa for Israeli passport holders and nationals, unless (in rare cases) if the applicant is a government or sport personality. Applicants with Israeli stamps on their passport won’t have any trouble obtaining a visit visa.
  3. Female passport holders below the age of 30 who are travelling from the CIS countries will/may be refused entry to UAE with on-arrival visa. Even if they are residing in GCC countries, they have to apply for a visa. The CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries include Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Russia, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Azerbaijan and Armenia.