Before you travel to the UAE, please check visa requirements and make sure you have a valid visa if needed. Holders of nonstandard passports and travel documents may also have different entry requirements: Find out if you need to apply for a visa.
As of April 29, 2016, GCC residence permit holders will need to apply for a UAE visa before arriving in Dubai.
Visas on arrival
If your country of nationality appears on the list below, no advance visa arrangements are required to visit the UAE. Simply disembark your flight at Dubai International Airport and proceed to Immigration, where your passport will be stamped with a 30-day visit visa free of charge. This can be extended for an additional 30 days at an additional charge.
United States of America
Travelers from countries not listed above will need to arrange a visa in advance of travel.
Apply and pay for your UAE visa online
Nationals of countries requiring a prearranged UAE visa can now apply and pay for their visas online through emirates.com.
If you are traveling to or stopping over in Dubai with Emirates, you can submit an application and receive your UAE visa entirely online – without having to submit your passport for stamping.
You can apply for your UAE visa through our Manage a Booking tool after booking your Emirates flight.
Go to Manage a Booking
The online visa application service is available for residents and nationals of many countries around the world. Find out if you can apply for a UAE visa (opens in a new window). Applicants' passports must have at least six months' validity remaining on the date of travel to Dubai.
This service is only available to passengers with a confirmed Emirates booking for which an Emirates eticket has already been issued; the flight itinerary must include the desired time in Dubai. Note that any itineraries including flights to or from Dubai on other carriers are not eligible for online visa service.
A minimum of 4 international working days prior to arrival in Dubai is required; however, Emirates recommends that online applications be made as early as possible. Visas issued through this service are available for a period of stay in Dubai of 96 hours, 30 days, or 90 days. Once approved, visas cannot be extended beyond the original period of stay.
Other ways to apply
If you have a family member or near relative who is a UAE resident, that person can apply for a visa on your behalf. Please note that this service is only available to residents of the UAE; for more information, see details on the UAE website.
Otherwise, please visit the Dubai Department of Naturalization & Residency website (opens an external website in a new tab) to find out more about other types of sponsors, such as hotels or companies.
Dubai Immigration Procedures
As an added security measure, Immigration Authorities at Dubai International Airport are now conducting random eye screening for visitors to Dubai.
Visitors asked to proceed for eye screening are required to present a hard copy of their visa or a printed version of the visa number confirmation page at the screening counter. If you do not have a copy with you, a charge of AED 30 per copy applies - payable only in AED.