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UAE Visa Information

Everything you need to know about UAE visas and sponsorship.
Do I need a visa for the UAE?

You’ll find information about visas below. Use our quick visa search tool to see if you need a visa and the passport requirements for visiting the UAE.

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UAE visa on arrival

30-day visit eligibility

If you are a passport holder of the below country or territory, no advance visa arrangements are required to visit the UAE. Simply disembark your flight at Dubai International and proceed to immigration, where your passport will be stamped with a 30-day visit visa free of charge.


AndorraAustraliaBrunei
CanadaChinaHong Kong, China
JapanKazakhstanMacau, China
MalaysiaMauritiusMonaco
MongoliaNew ZealandRepublic of Ireland
SingaporeUkraineUnited Kingdom and Northern Ireland
United States of AmericaVatican City


90-day visit eligibility

If you are a passport holder of one of the below countries or territories, your passport will be stamped with a multiple entry 90-day visit visa that's valid for 6 months from the date of issue, and for a stay of 90 days in total. Citizens of the below European countries are also entitled to apply for a pre-arranged visit visa if their 90-day visa on arrival has been fully utilized.


AlbaniaArgentinaArmenia
AustriaAzerbaijanBahamas Islands
BarbadosBelarusBelgium
BosniaBrazilBulgaria
ChileColombiaCosta Rica
CroatiaCyprusCzech Republic
DenmarkEl SalvadorEstonia
FijiFinlandFrance
GeorgiaGermanyGreece
HondurasHungaryIceland
IsraelItalyKiribati
KosovoLatviaLiechtenstein
LithuaniaLuxembourgMaldives
MaltaMontenegroNauru
NetherlandsNorwayParaguay
PeruPolandPortugal
RomaniaRussian FederationSaint Vincent and the Grenadines
San MarinoSerbiaSeychelles
SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon Islands
South KoreaSpainSweden
SwitzerlandUruguayUzbekistan


180-day visit eligibility

If you hold a Mexican passport you’re eligible for a multiple entry 180-day visit visa that's valid for 6 months from the date of issue, and for a stay of 180 days in total.



Dubai immigration procedures

As an added security measure, Immigration Authorities at Dubai International 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.


Important information

Before you travel to the UAE, please check your visa requirements and make sure you have a valid visa if needed, or if your passport needs to be valid for 6 months. Holders of non-standard passports and travel documents may also have different entry requirements: find out if you need to apply for a visa and other passport requirements.


As of 29 April 2016, GCC residence permit holders will need to apply for a UAE visa before arriving in Dubai.

Preapproved UAE visas

New visit entry permit to the UAE for Indian nationals

From 7 January 2024, eligible Indian nationals with a normal passport valid for a minimum of six months can obtain a single entry, 14-day visa on arrival. A fee of USD 63 applies.

 

Eligibility

  • Indian passport holder with USA visa valid for a minimum of six months
  • Indian passport holder with USA green card valid for a minimum of six months
  • Indian passport holder with UK residence card valid for a minimum of six months
  • Indian passport holder with EU residence card from the following countries valid for a minimum of six months
AustriaBelgiumBulgariaCroatiaCzech RepublicDenmark
EstoniaFinlandFranceGermanyGreeceHungary
IrelandItalyLatviaLithuaniaLuxembourgMalta
NetherlandsPolandPortugalRepublic of CyprusRomaniaSlovakia
SloveniaSpainSweden   


How and where to apply for a pre-approved UAE visa

Eligible Indian nationals can apply for their UAE entry permit on emirates.com through Manage your booking.

Prearranged UAE visas

Visa typeValidity Before Entry*Validity After EntryCost (inclusive VAT)Extension
48-hour30 days from issue date48 hours from arrival dateUS$10Non extendable 
96-hour30 days from issue date96 hours from arrival dateUS$49Non extendable
Tourism -Single Entry-30 Days60 days from issue date30 days from arrival dateUS$90Extendable – US$230
Tourism -Multiple Entry-30 Days60 days from issue date30 days from 1st entryUS$136Extendable - US$230
Tourism -Single Entry - 60 Days60 days from issue date60 days from arrival dateUS$177Extendable - US$230
Tourism -Multiple Entry - 60 Days60 days from issue date60 days from 1st entryUS$231Extendable - US$230

NOTE:

  • For Extension, Original passport and ticket copy required.
  • Extensions can be made at the airport office only.


Required applicant documents.

  1. Colour photograph of applicant
  2. Colour copy of applicant's passport. The passport must be valid for at least six months
  3. You can download the application form (available at all Emirates Ticketing Offices) in Arabic(Opens a PDF in a new tab) or English(Opens a PDF in a new tab) depending on the applicant’s nationality.
  4. A copy of your Emirates Airline ticket, or codeshare flight that starts with the code “EK”, and the ticket number should start with “176”.
  5. Proof of relationship if applying for family member - birth certificate, marriage certificate and family book
  6. All Documents to be submitted as hard copy
  7. Additional documents may be required by the authorities.

Additional documents are required for visitors of some countries

Additional documents may be required, depending on your country of residence. Please use our visa search tool above or visit our visa requirements page for more information.

AfghanistanNational ID Card (Tazkira ID)
IraqNational ID Card
PakistanNational ID Card
IranNational ID Card


Rules and conditions

  • Sponsor or applicant will be responsible for a visitor overstay and overstay fines.
  • A Refundable deposit of AED 1000 for friend. Sponsor must claim the deposit within a maximum of 2 years from the application submission date.
  • Refund of visa fee before processing of an application, AED 50 will be deducted on refund process.
  • Additional documents may be required by the authorities.
  • Visa fees must be paid upon application.
  • Additional visa processing fees may apply.
  • A copy of your Emirates Airline ticket, or codeshare flight that starts with the code “EK”, and the ticket number should start with “176”.
  • Visa fees are non-refundable.
  • The ticket is non-refundable if the visa has been issued and utilized.
  • Visa processing time is approximately 3 to 4 working days.
  • Entry into the UAE is subject to immigration approval.
  • All visas are valid to enter Dubai for 60 days from the date of issue, except the 96-hour and 48-hour visas, which are valid for 30 days from the date of issue.

How and where to apply for your prearranged UAE visa

  • Apply online through Manage your booking
  • 48-hour and 96-hour transit visas are valid for travel with Emirates tickets outbound from Dubai. You can only apply for a transit visa online or at the Emirates Commercial Visa APT office at Dubai International airport Terminal 3.

Apply online

Nationals of countries requiring a prearranged UAE visa can now apply and pay for their visas online through emirates.com.


If you are travelling 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 your booking after you book your Emirates flight. VFS processing fees apply. For more information please visit VFS Global.


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. Applicants' passports must have at least six months' validity as of their date of travel to Dubai, and must be machine readable passports – handwritten passports are not accepted.


This service is only available to passengers with a confirmed Emirates booking where an Emirates ticket has already been issued and the flight itinerary already includes the desired time in Dubai. The itinerary into and out of Dubai should be on one ticket (PNR), and these flights must be Emirates flights. Note that any itineraries including any flights to or from Dubai on other carriers are not eligible for the online visa service.


A minimum of four international working days prior to arrival in Dubai is required, however Emirates does recommend that online applications are made as early as possible.


Apply in the UAE

If you have a family member or near relative who is a UAE resident, they can apply for a visa on your behalf at any of our ticketing offices in the UAE. Please note that this service is only available to residents of the UAE.

Download the prearranged visa application form

Get started on your prearranged visa application by downloading and filling out the form.

Sponsoring someone to visit the UAE

Required applicant documents:

  • A colour passport photograph
  • A colour copy of your passport (must be valid for six months)
  • A copy of your Emirates Airline ticket, or codeshare flight that starts with the code “EK”, and the ticket number should start with “176”.
  • The visa application form

Required sponsor documents:

Sponsor's employerSponsor documents
Emirates Group Staff
  • Staff ID copy
Government/ Semi-Government
  • Salary certificate (must be in Arabic)
  • Sponsor passport and residency copy
Free-zone company
  • Salary certificate from the free-zone authority (must be in Arabic)
  • Sponsor passport and residency copy
Private company
  • Labour contract copy
  • Sponsor passport and residency copy
Investor
  • Sponsor passport and residency copy.
  • Trade Licence copy
Partner
  • Sponsor passport and residency copy.
  • Trade Licence copy


Minimum salary required

Relative (visitor/applicant)Minimum salary of sponsor
Wife/ Children/ Parents/ Parents In-LawAED 4,000
Brothers/ Sisters/ DependantsAED 5,500
Brothers/ Sisters In-LawAED 7,000
Friends and Other RelativesAED 10,000

Download the sponsorship application form

Get started on your sponsorship application by downloading and filling out the form.

Contact information

Visa and sponsorship applications can be submitted to:


VF Worldwide Holdings Ltd.
1st Floor, Atlantic Towers,
Behind Marina Mall,
Airport City, Accra, Ghana
+233 3027 46217