Dubai Visa


Dubai Visa Tourist Visas are available to all nationalities, except Israeli passport holders, and must be prearranged, usually through a hotel but possibly also through an airline or other travel related company (new visa rules after July 2008). Hotels, travel agents, airlines and other companies will usually only arrange a Tourist Visa for a customer. Citizens of one of the free visa on arrival countries ( see the list below) can obtain a UAE Visit Visa (different from a Tourist Visa) on arrival at any border entry point to the UAE simply by presenting their passport at passport control. To obtain a tourist visa for Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, our best understanding is you should do one of the following:

  • If you're from one of the countries that can get a visit visa on arrival, do that.
  • Otherwise contact the airline, hotel, or travel agent that you arranged your trip with and ask them to arrange a Tourist Visa. Fees will vary from one company to the next so check with more than one if you have a choice of options. Only travel agents and hotels based in the UAE can arrange a tourist visa.
  • If you have a close relative in the UAE, they may be able to sponsor you for a Visit Visa (not a Tourist Visa).

Free Visit Visa on arrival nationalities (valid for 30 days)

Visit visas can be obtained on arrival in Dubai and UAE if you are a national of one of the 33 (or 34 or 36) countries in the following table. No prior arrangements need to be made and the visa stamp is free when arriving at Dubai International Airport, Abu Dhabi Airport, or other airports. You might have to pay 20 or 30 dhs at UAE land borders. Nationals of these countries can also get their UAE visas renewed more easily, for example by driving to Oman and back (but confirm you can get an Omani visa at the border first).

Australia
Austria
Belgium
Brunei
Canada
Cyprus
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Holland (Netherlands)
Hong Kong
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Malta
Malaysia
Monaco
Netherlands (Holland)
New Zealand
Norway
Paraguay
Portugal
San Marino
Singapore
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom
United States
Vatican City
  1. Malta unconfirmed if included or not, is not on 33 country list on DNRD website (last checked 20 January 2010).
  2. Paraguay was not in the original list of countries but was seen in a list published by the Gulf News (a UAE newspaper) on 25 December 2006. Is not on DNRD website 33 country list (last checked 20 January 2010).
  3. Included in list published by Gulf News 20 January 2010 but not in DNRD website list of countries (last checked 20 January 2010).

Some country spellings are slightly different on the DNRD website, with our guess

Visa on arrival for AGCC / GCC residents

Resident visa holders in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia) of any nationality might be able to obtain a visit visa on arrival in the UAE. Confirm with an airline, UAE embassy, or UAE immigration department before travelling though, information about this type of visa seems to be sketchy (possibly to allow passport control officers more flexibility in admitting or rejecting travellers when they arrive in the UAE).
  • Visitors should be of a higher-level profession (doctor, engineer, professor, teacher, lawyer, manager, etc).
  • Valid passport with valid GCC residence stamp is required, along with proof of employment in the country of residence (residence stamp in passport might be sufficient, or bring labour card / letter from employer stating job title).
  • Visa fee is apparently AED 100 but some reports of visitors paying up to AED 200 as an entry fee. Probably renewable once for AED 500-600 (some sources say not renewable but that might be old information).

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