UAE visa

UAE visa

Traveling to UAE

The UAE is one of the world’s most popular travel destinations for tourism, business, sport, education, medicine, and other purposes.

Unless visa exempt or eligible to obtain a UAE visa-on-arrival, foreign nationals wishing to enter the UAE are required to apply for the appropriate UEA visa, based on the intended purpose for traveling to the UAE. 

Who needs a UAE visa? GCC nationals can travel to the UAE visa free, requiring only to present their passport or national ID at the UAE port of entry. Several foreign nationals are eligible to travel to the UAE and obtain a UAE visa-on-arrival. All other foreign nationals must apply for a UAE e-Visa or UAE sticker visa before traveling to the UAE. 

UAE visas can be single or multiple entry and are valid for 60 days from the date of entry into the UAE, except UAE Transit Visas, which are valid for 30 days. Within the validity period, you can stay in the UAE between 14 and 180 days, depending on your nationality and the UAE visa type applied for.

Travelers wishing to extend their duration of stay can extend their UAE visa.

UAE visa types

If you are a foreign national who is required to obtain a UAE visa prior to traveling to the UAE, you must apply for the appropriate UAE visa based on your purpose for traveling to the UAE. The UAE visa types are: 

  • TOURIST VISA
  • BUSINESS VISA
  • STUDENT VISA
  • REMOTE WORK VISA
  • PATIENT & COMPANION VISA
  • E-VISA FOR GCC RESIDENTS
  • RETIREMENT VISA FOR UAE RESIDENTS
  • TRANSIT VISA

UAE visa requirements

The following items are required to apply for all UAE visas:

Passport copy

One color copy of passport, valid for at least 3 months 

Application form 

A completed UAE visa application form

Personal photo

One color passport photograph on white background

Ticket

One confirmed airline ticket 

Some types of UAE visas have additional requirements than those listed above. Accordingly, you are advised to check the information requirements for the specific UAE visa type you are applying for.

UAE visa application

Applying for a UAE Tourist Visa is an easy process for applicants.

  1. Prepare the required documents

  2. Pay the visa fees

  3. Submit completed application to the relevant UAE government agency

Where to apply for UAE visa

UAE visas can be applied for through the relevant UAE government agency or through sponsorship by a UAE resident or company. UAE tourist visas can be applied for through approved airlines, hotels, travel agencies, web portals, mobile applications, or through authorized third-party websites and service centers, including Emirates Airlines and FlyDubai airlines and sales centers. Please note that UAE embassies and foreign missions do not issue UAE tourist visas.

Applicants may also apply through the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs - Dubai (GDRFA), in order to obtain a Dubai Tourist visa, which allows its holders to enter the United Arab Emirates for tourism purposes.

UAE visa processing time

UAE Tourist Visas are normally processed within 4 business days; however, it is always recommended to start the application process early, in case of delays or unforeseen circumstances.

UAE visa FAQ

How many types of UAE visas are there?

There are eight types of UAE visas, which are:
• Tourist
• Business
• Student
• Remote Work
• Patient & Companion
• e-Visa for GCC Residents
• Retirement Visa for UAE Residents
• Transit

What type of visa is needed for travel to UAE?

The five UAE visa types define the traveler's intended purpose for travel to the UAE. Depending whether the travel is for tourism, business, education, medical attention, or another specific purpose, the UAE visa applicant will apply for the appropriate UAE visa type.

Do I need a visa to travel to UAE as a tourist?

UAE Tourist Visas can be applied through approved airlines, hotels, travel agencies and tour operators, as well as obtain sponsorship through a UAE resident or company. Travelers can also apply for a UAE Tourist Visa through web portals and mobile applications, or through authorized third-party websites and service centers, including Emirates Airlines and FlyDubai airlines and sales centers.

How do I get a visa to travel to UAE?

Depending on your nationality and the intended purpose of your trip, certain foreign nationals may be eligible to apply for a Thailand e-Visa online, while others must apply for a Thailand sticker visa at a Thailand embassy, representation office, or VAC abroad. 

What are the documents required for a UAE visa?

The documents required for a UAE sticker visa include: a valid passport, a passport photo, a completed UAE visa application form, and an onward airline ticket. 

How long does a UAE visa take to process?

The UAE visa application only takes 4 days, but it is always recommended to start the application process early, in case of unforeseen circumstances.

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