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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 airport and proceed to immigration, where your passport will be stamped with a 30-day visit visa free of charge.


AndorraJapanSan Marino
KazakhstanSingaporeAustralia
MalaysiaUkraineBrunei
MauritiusUnited Kingdom and South IrelandCanada
MonacoUnited States of AmericaNew Zealand
Vatican CityHong Kong, ChinaIreland
Macau


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.


ArgentinaHondurasRomania
AustriaHungaryRussian Federation
Bahamas IslandsIcelandSaint Vincent and the Grenadines
BarbadosItalySan Marino
BelgiumKiribatiSerbia
BrazilLatviaSeychelles
BulgariaLiechtensteinSlovakia
ChileLithuaniaSlovenia
Costa RicaLuxembourgSolomon Islands
CroatiaMaldivesSouth Korea
CyprusMaltaSpain
Czech RepublicMontenegroSweden
DenmarkNauruSwitzerland
El SalvadorNetherlandsUruguay
EstoniaNorway
FinlandParaguay
FrancePoland
GermanyPortugal
Greece


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 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.



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.


As of 1 May 2017, Indian nationals holding a normal passport valid for a minimum of six months from the arrival date, and a visit visa or green card issued by the USA which is valid for a minimum of six months, or holding a UK or EU residence, can obtain a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 14 days for a charge of AED120 (subject to change). They can apply to extend their stay for an additional 14 days for AED250 (subject to change).

Prearranged UAE visas

Visa typeDurationApproximate rate inclusive of VATExtensions
48-hour48 hoursUS$10Non-extendable
96-hour4 days from arrival dateUS$30Non-extendable
Tourist – short term (single entry)30 days from arrival dateUS$90Extendable US$230
Tourist – short term (multiple entry)30 days from first entryUS$175Extendable US$230
Tourist – long term (single entry)90 days from arrival dateUS$190Extendable US$230
Tourist – long term (multiple entry)90 days from first entryUS$460Extendable US$230


Required documents

  1. Colour photograph of applicant
  2. Colour copy of applicant's passport. The passport must be valid for at least three 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


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


Rules and conditions

  • Visa fees must be paid upon application.
  • 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
  • Mobile application DVPC
  • Apply at your local Emirates office
  • Apply in person outside the UAE through any Emirates or partner ticketing offices.

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. VSF 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 live in 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
Investor
  • Sponsor passport and residency copy
Partner
  • 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.

Important notes

Visa and sponsorship applications can be submitted at the Emirates ticketing offices listed below:


Abu Dhabi
Emirates Ticketing Office: Al Sawari Tower C, Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Visa Services: Sunday to Wednesday (8:30am to 5pm) Thursday (8:30am to 4:30pm)
Closed on Friday, Saturday and public holidays.


Ajman
Emirates Ticketing Office
Escape Tower, Sheikh Rashid Bin Humaid Street
Visa Services: Saturday to Thursday (8am to 8pm)
Closed on Friday and public holidays


Al Ain
Emirates Ticketing Office
Commercial Complex, Sheikh Khalifa Street
Visa Services: Saturday to Wednesday (8:30am to 6pm) and Thursday (8:30am to 5:30pm)
Closed on Friday and public holidays


Dubai
For Emirates and dnata staff only
Emirates Group Headquarters
Employee Service Centre, Second Floor
Visa Services: Sunday to Thursday (7am to 2pm)
Closed on Friday, Saturday and public holidays


Dubai International Airport:
Terminal 3 Arrivals
Phone: 04 504 7300
E-mail: ekvisaquery@emirates.com
Visa Services: Sunday to Thursday (7am to 6pm) and Saturday (9am to 4pm)


Emirates Ticketing Office:
Emirates Group Technology Centre, Ground Floor
Entrance B, Al Ittihad Road, near Clock Tower, Deira
Visa Services: Daily from (9am to 7pm)


Emirates Ticketing Office:
Blue Reef Travel Shop, Jumeirah Beach Road
Visa Services: Daily from (10am to 7pm)


Emirates Ticketing Office:
Town Centre, Jumeirah
Visa Services: Daily from (10am to 7pm)


Sharjah
Emirates Ticketing Office:
Crystal Plaza, Buhaira Corniche
Visa Services: Saturday to Thursday (8am to 7pm)
Closed on Friday and public holidays


Umm Al Quwain
Emirates Ticketing Office:
King Faisal Road, Jameiya area, near FEWA
Visa Services: Saturday to Thursday (9am to 6pm)
Closed on Friday and public holidays