UAE visa information

Before you travel to the UAE, check visa requirements and make sure you have a valid visa if needed and that your passport is valid for the minimum required period. Holders of nonstandard passports and travel documents may also have different entry requirements. Find out if you need to apply for a visa and about passport requirements.

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

As of May 1, 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 valid for a minimum of six months 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).

Visas on arrival

(A) If your country of nationality appears on the list below, no advance visa arrangements are required to visit the UAE. Simply disembark from your flight at Dubai International Airport and proceed to Immigration, where your passport will be stamped with a 30-day visa, free of charge.

Hong Kong
New Zealand
People's Republic of China
Russian Federation
San Marino
South Korea
United Kingdom
United States of America
Vatican City

(B) If your country of nationality appears on the list below, your passport will be stamped with a multiple-entry, 90-day visa valid for 6 months from the date of issue for a total stay of 90 days.

Czech Republic

Citizens of the European countries listed above are also entitled to apply for a paid prearranged-visit visa if the 90-day visa provided on arrival has been fully utilized, or if they wish to use the prearranged visa.

Apply and pay for your UAE visa online

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

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 Manage a Booking after booking your Emirates flight. For more information, visit the VFS Global website (opens an external website in a new window).

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, and must be machine readable passports – handwritten passports are not accepted.

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. The itinerary into and out of Dubai should be on one ticket, and these flights must be Emirates flights. 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 visual screening for visitors to Dubai.

Visitors asked to proceed for visual 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 of your visa with you, a charge of AED 30 per copy applies, payable only in AED.

Note: It is your responsibility to obtain a visa where one is required; Emirates accepts no liability for your failure to do so. Also see our Terms & Conditions. Entry into the UAE is subject to immigration approval.