A visit visa is required by those who wish to visit the United Arab Emirates. A visit visa entry permit allows a person to enter the country and has a validity of 60 days from the date of issue. If the person fails to enter into the country within this period, a new visit visa application has to be submitted upon entry into the country. There are three types of visit visa available:
- Short-term: Visitor can stay for thirty (30) days from the date of arrival into the country. This visit visa is not renewable.
- Long-term: Visitor can stay for ninety (90) days from the date of arrival into the country. This visit visa is not renewable.
- Multiple entry visit visa is valid for 6 months and the applicant must exit the country within 14 days after arrival. Furthermore, the applicant must initially enter the country on a single entry visit visa and apply for multiple entry visit visa within 5 days of arrival.
Visit visa holders should exit the UAE before or on the expiry date of their visa to avoid incurring an overstay penalty. The penalty is applicable for each day the person overstays in the country.
Upon exiting the UAE the visitor should stay thirty (30) days outside the country before re-applying for a new visit visa.
UAE Visa Requirements
The categories given below identify whether an individual requires a visit visa before arrival or whether a visit visa can be issued to them at the airport or entry point.
Citizens of the Arab Gulf Co-operation Council (AGCC) member states (Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia) do not require a visa.
AGCC expatriate residents may obtain a non-renewable 30-day visit visa upon arrival.
33 Privileged Countries
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA, Vatican.
Citizens of countries that are not mentioned in the above list require the sponsorship of a UAE resident (relative or friend), hotel, travel agency, or company, in order to obtain a visit visa.
A refundable security deposit is required for Iraqi, Algerian, Tunisian, Libyan and Moroccan nationalities.
Government Services counters are open from 8.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. during normal working days which is from Sunday to Thursday.