UAE VISA FORMALITIES
The procedures for getting a visa to enter the
UAE are relatively simple and hassle-free and if all documents are
in order, then the visa is issued within 72 hours. In urgent
cases, visas are also issued within a day. The Ministry of
Interior's Dubai Naturalization and Residency Department (DNRD) is the sole
administrative authority responsible for issuing visas to
foreigners who wish to visit the country.
Airlines are now also starting to use technology
to the advantage of their customers, With
Etihad Airways launching an Online Visa Service and
Emirates Airline launching an Online Visa Service.
It should also be noted that visa requirements
for any country are extremely fluid and travellers should always
check with the DNRD mentioned above to ensure that they have the
most up to date information before travelling. The below
information was correct at the time of publication.
GCC NATIONALS AND VISA
Visa requirements for entering Dubai vary greatly
between different nationalities and it is always advised to check
regulations before travelling.
Currently, every nationality
entering the UAE needs a visa except citizens of GCC countries
(Gulf Cooperation Council: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi
Arabia) expatriate residents of the GCC (certain nationalities and
professions) and British citizens with the right of abode in the
UK. The following citizens of Europe also receive visas on arrival
citizens of : Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France,
Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein,
Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino,
Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the Vatican.
nationals from Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New
Zealand, Singapore and South Korea in Asia, as well as those from
the United States of America and Canada also now receive Visas on
GCC nationals can stay more or less as long they like.
British citizens can stay for a month and then apply for a visa
for a further two months. European, American, South African and
Australian citizens may obtain a visit visa from the UAE embassy
in their respective countries before departure. Please note that
Israelis and travellers whose Passports bear Israeli stamps will
be denied a visa.
For all other
nationalities, a visa must be applied for before the visitor
enters the country either through their respective embassy, a
local UAE sponsor or a local hotel.
VISAS THROUGH HOTELS
can get a visa from a hotel by first making a reservation for at
least one night. They must fax/courier the hotel a copy of their
passport along with the reason for the visit – tourism is an
acceptable reason – and their arrival date. You must also make
sure that the hotel faxes you a copy of the visa when it is ready.
Airlines may require confirmation (preferably a fax copy of the
document) that a visa is held before check-in at the airport. The
original is held at Dubai Airport for collection before passport
TWO TYPES OF VISAS
For tourists, there are broadly two
types of Visas - Visit Visas and Transit Visas - and they are
issued depending on the duration of stay requested.
This visa is issued for people who are sponsored by a company
operating in the UAE. It is valid for two months from the date of
arrival, with the option of being renewed for one more month.
- Photocopy of the visitor's passport Visit Visa
- Application form, completed and signed
by the sponsoring company
Photocopy of the trade license of the company
- A Guarantee letter
from the company stating its responsibility of the visitor during
A Transit Visa is issued to individuals at
the request of any licensed company such as hotels or trading
companies who hold an authorization for applying for this visa.
It is valid for 14 days and it cannot be renewed.
- Photocopy of the visitor's passport
- Application form,
completed and signed by the sponsoring company
- Authorization card
of the company
The DNRD renews the Visit Visa at its
expiry date if the sponsor so decides. Renewals can be made by
exiting and re-entering the country to gain an exit stamp and a
new entry stamp on the passport or by paying the extension fee of Dhs 500 (US$ 137) at the DNRD.
If you overstay your visit visa,
there's a ten day grace period in which to leave the country.
After that period, each day overstayed will attract a fine of Dhs.
100 (US$ 28).
If you are travelling to the UAE we strongly
recommend you to call your local UAE embassy or consulate to check
with them the latest situation regarding visas and to discuss your
own unique case with them.
Please note that ASIA Travel Tips.com does not
issue, nor sponsor visas, and we cannot be held responsible in any
way for changes to regulations. As mentioned earlier, all
travellers should contact the DNRD to ensure they have the most up
to date and exact information.
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