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Visa Regulations for Visitors to Dubai

As of Monday 19 March 2001, ONLY nationals of the following countries shall be issued entry permits upon arrival at any of the UAE airports:

Western Europe:
France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Greece,   

Finland, Spain, Monaco, Vatican City, Iceland , Andorra, San Marino, and Liechtenstein.

Other Countries:
USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong and South Korea.

For all other Nationalities, the following Visa Rules Apply:

General Information
There are several types of visas for visitors to Dubai. A penalty charge of Dhs 100 per day is imposed on visitors who over stay. Airlines may

require confirmation that the sponsor is holding a valid visa for the incoming visitor.

AGCC Citizens
Citizens of the Arab Gulf Council member states do not need a visa to enter the UAE.

AGCC Residents
AGCC expatriates residents who meet certain conditions may obtain a non-renewable 30 day visa upon arrival at the approved ports of entry.

UK Citizens
UK Citizens with the right of abode in United Kingdom do not need to obtain visa in advance. On entry, they will be given a special free of charge visit visa enabling them to stay for 60 days. This visa may be renewed once for a period of 30 days for a fee of Dhs 500. Renewal requires a local sponsor.

Entry Service Permit
An Entry Service Permit applies to businessmen and tourists. It requires the sponsorship of companies or hotels licensed to operate within the UAE.

This visa is valid for use within 14 days from date of issue.

The duration of stay is 14 days from the date of entry, exclusive of arrival and departure days. It is non-renewable.

Visit Visas
The Visit Visa applies to tourists who wish to spend more than 14 days in Dubai, those coming for family visits as well as those on long term business visits.

It requires the sponsorship of any UAE resident or any company or hotel licensed to operate within the UAE.

This visa is valid for entry within two months from its date of issue.

The Visit Visa is valid for 60 days and is renewable for a total stay of upto 90 days. A fee of Dhs 500 is charged for this renewal. A Visit Visa further entitles its holder to change his status to that of residence or employment provided certain conditions are met.

The Visit Visa holder may enter and leave the country through any port of entry in the UAE.

Tourist Visas
A special category under the Visit Visa type is a Tourist Visa. The Tourist Visa entitles its holder to a 30 day stay and is non-renewable. The Tourist Visa requires the sponsorship of hotels and tour operators who bring in visitors.

Multiple-Entry Visas
Multiple-entry Visas are availed to business visitors who has a relationship with either a multinational or other reputable local establishments, and who are frequent visitors to the UAE. This type of visa is valid for six months from the date of issue and the duration of each stay is 30 days. The validity is non-renewable. the cost of this visa is Dhs 1000. The visitor must enter the UAE on a visit visa and obtain the multiple entry visa while in the country. The visa would be stamped on the passport.

Transit Visas
this is a special type of visa which applies to passengers passing through UAE airports. The passenger can obtain a visa for upto 96 hours. The travel document will be stamped with an entry seal. The visa is only valid if the passenger is travelling onwards from Dubai to another destination and not returning to the country of original departure. There is no fee for this type of visa which can be sponsored by any airline operating in the UAE.

For More Information Contact:

Naturalization & Residency Department - Dubai
P . O .Box : 4333
Tel : 3980000
Fax : 3981119
E-mail :


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