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UAE Visa Information

Everything you need to know about UAE visas and sponsorship.
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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.

CanadaChinaHong Kong, China
JapanKazakhstanMacau, China
New ZealandRepublic of IrelandSan Marino
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.

ArgentinaAustriaBahamas Islands
Costa RicaCroatiaCyprus
Czech RepublicDenmarkEl Salvador
PortugalRomaniaRussian Federation
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSan MarinoSerbia
Solomon IslandsSouth KoreaSpain

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 a minimum period. 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.



  • 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
NetherlandsPolandPortugalRepublic of CyprusRomaniaSlovakia

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

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

Prearranged UAE visas

Visa typeDurationApproximate rate inclusive of VATExtensions
48-hour48 hoursUS$10Non-extendable
96-hour4 days from arrival dateUS$49Non-extendable
Tourist – short term (single entry)30 days from arrival dateUS$90Extendable US$230
Tourist – short term (multiple entry)30 days from first entryUS$136Extendable US$230
Tourist – long term (single entry)60 days from arrival dateUS$177Extendable US$230
Tourist – long term (multiple entry)60 days from first entryUS$231Extendable US$230

*Extensions can be made at the airport office only.

Required documents

  1. Colour photograph of applicant
  2. Colour copy of applicant's passport. The passport must be valid for at least six months
  3. The original application form (available at all Emirates ticketing offices) can be accessed in Arabic or English, depending on the applicant’s nationality. Download the English or Arabic application form
  4. Copy of the Emirates ticket
  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

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

  • Visa fees must be paid upon application.
  • Additional visa processing fees apply.
  • The passenger must travel to and from Dubai on Emirates or codeshare flights only.
  • 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

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 flight ticket, or your flight ticket from our codeshare partner
  • 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
  • Sponsor passport and residency copy
  • Sponsor passport and residency 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:

Ground Floor, Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industries,
Opposite Vallabhsadan Temple, Ashram Road,
Ahmedabad - 380009

Gopalan Innovation Mall, Bannerghatta
Main Rd, Sarakki Industrial layout, 3rd Phase, J. P.
Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560076

2nd Floor, No.74, Fagun Towers,
Ethiraj Salai, Egmore,

Ground Floor, S&T Arcade,
Kurisupally Road, Opposite Cochin Shipyard,
Ravipuram, Cochin, Kerala- 682015

Joint Visa Application Centre,
4th Floor, Rene Tower, Plot No. AA-I,
1842, Rajdanga Main Road, Kasba,

8-2-700, Ground floor, Srida Anushka Pride,
Opposite Ratnadeep Super Market,
Banjara Hills, Road No.12,
Hyderabad 500 034

Urmi Axis Building, Ground Floor,
Behind Famous Studio, Opp. E Moses Road,
Mahalaxmi (West), Mumbai – 400011

New Delhi
Shivaji Stadium Metro Station,
Mezzanine floor, Unit No.R-03,
Baba Kharak Singh Marg,
New Delhi - 110001, India

Marvel Edge, F Core, 4th Floor,
Viman Nagar,
Pune – 411014