Visa Types

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Visa types May 24, 2005
General Information

* There are basically two types of visas for visitors to Dubai: transit and visit visas.
* Nationals of "Israel" may not enter the U.A.E.
* A penalty charge is imposed on visitors who overstay.
* Airlines may require confirmation that the sponsor is holding a valid visa for the incoming visitor.

AGCC Citizens

Citizens of the Arab Gulf Cooperation Council member states do not need a visa.

UK Citizens

UK citizens with the right of abode in United Kingdom do not need to obtain a visa in advance. On entry, they will be given a special free of charge visit visa enabling them to stay for 30 days. This visa may be renewed twice, each time for a period 30 days, up to a total of 100 days including a 10 day grace period. A fee of Dhs 500 is charged for each renewal. Renewal requires a sponsor.

The facility offered to UK citizens is presently under review.

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.

German Citizens

German citizens (tourists and businessmen) may apply to the UAE embassies for a one or two year multiple entry visa. No sponsor is required. The maximum duration of stay of visa holders should not exceed 3 months per year. The visa fee is Dhs 1,500.

US Citizens

US citizens (tourists and businessmen) may apply to the UAE embassies for a one to ten year multiple entry visa. A sponsor is required and the visa will be granted free of charge. The maximum duration of stay should not exceed 6 months per visit.

Hong Kong Citizens

Holders of the Hong Kong Certificates of Identity - the 44 page and 92 page Certificates - can obtain transit and visit visas.

Transit Visas

A transit Visa 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 one month from the date of issue.

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

In order to complete the application, the sponsor will require the visitor's date of arrival and flight details, and a photocopy of the first few pages of the visitor's passport which should be valid for at least three months. There is a fee of Dhs 220 for obtaining a Transit Visa. Hotels in Dubai charge approximately Dhs 270 - 300 (US$ 75 - 85) per visa in order to cover the services for obtaining a visa for their guest.

The Transit Visa holder may enter and depart the U.A.E through any airport.

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 U.A.E. resident or any company or hotel licensed to operate within the U.A.E.

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

The duration of stay is 30 days from the date of entry, and may be renewed twice, each time for 30 days, up to a total of 100 days including a grace period of 10 days. A fee of Dhs 500 is charged for each renewal. A visit visa further entitles its holder to change his status to that of residence or employment provided certain conditions are met.

In order to complete the application, the sponsor will require the visitor's date of arrival and arrival details and a photocopy of the first few pages of the visitor's passport which should be valid for at least three months. There is a fee of Dhs 100 for obtaining a visit visa. Hotels in Dubai rarely sponsor their guests on Visit Visas and if they do, they charge approximately Dhs 270 - 400 (US$ 75 - 110) per visa in order to cover the services for obtaining a visa.

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

A special category of visas under the Visit Visa type is a "Tourist" Visa, which can be obtained for individual tourists from: East and West Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, Hong Kong citizens, South Africa, Singapore and China. The "Tourist" Visa entitles its holder to a 30 day stay. It is non-renewable and has no grace period. The "Tourist" Visa requires the sponsorship of hotels and tour operators who bring in visitors from the above listed countries. The fee is Dhs 100. Hotels in Dubai charge approximately Dhs 270 - 300 (US$ 75 - 85) per visa in order to cover related administrative and other costs. The "Tourist" Visa will be issued by the Central Administration in future.

Transfer visa

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 by leaving his/her passport with the immigration authorities. 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.

Multiple-Entry Visas

Multiple-entry visas are availed to business visitors who have 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 Dh 1,000. 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.

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May 25, 2005
hey liban,

its me again - you said the rules for UK citizens is under review - do you know if this is likely to make visit visas easier or harder to obtain?

also - the visa on arrival for UK citizens - is this available only once or could the person leave the country and then get another visa stamped on entry? is it right that the visa on arrival will not require a sponsor?

the issue is that i dont think i will be able to sponsor my partner as we are not married or related.

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May 25, 2005
On re-entry you can get your visa stamped so thats no issue and if you didn't require a sponsor the first time you enter then you will not require one on re-entry.

I believe they will be making it easier for UK residents due to the demand for real estate.

Cheers,

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May 25, 2005
Smartd is right on both counts :)

You know, its only getting easier for UK citizens. I heard somewhere that they want to abolish visas for UK citizens from the island, but I could be mistaken.

Check out the Ministry of the Interior website posted in another of my stickies, its helpful but sorta slow loading (kinda like most gov websites I have visited).
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Aug 18, 2005
Hey Liban, you seem to be very well informed.

Am from Australia, and the only way I could work out to stay was to get a 30 day visa and pay the money to extend to 60 days, then leave the country, come back and do this over again till i get a job and appropriate residency visa.

Does the Visit visa apply to me, ie; can i get my boyfriend to sponsor me, or would he have to run it through his employer?

cheers
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Jan 01, 2006
visit visa's for Brits is now 60 days.
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Entry visa....?? Feb 01, 2006
I have a 2 part question about entry visa (I know Liban we talk about it not long ago, but still have some :?: :?: ).

Let say, I decide to go to Dubai for a 60 days period, what would happen if;

1) I decide to stay longer? What do I have to do?

2) I decide to go back to Montreal erlier (say after 40 days or so)? What do I have to do?

Thank's guys for helping.
C-Ya later. 8)
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Feb 01, 2006
1/ leave the country and return or face a daily fine

2/ Nothing, you just leave
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Re: Entry visa....?? Feb 01, 2006
Duam wrote:I have a 2 part question about entry visa (I know Liban we talk about it not long ago, but still have some :?: :?: ).

Let say, I decide to go to Dubai for a 60 days period, what would happen if;

1) I decide to stay longer? What do I have to do?

2) I decide to go back to Montreal erlier (say after 40 days or so)? What do I have to do?

Thank's guys for helping.
C-Ya later. 8)


1) You can either do a visa run across the border into Oman and back or a round trip to Qatar (2-3 hours in all).... OR pay 500 AED and renew your tourist visa for an extra 30 days... I prefer option one :)

2) Just leave. They stamp your passport in the airport.

When you come here, you will have my mobile, I will help you the most I can with any problem or issue you may have my friend :)
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visas (encore).... Feb 01, 2006
I knew from the start, YOU'R THE MAN LIBAN.
I'am looking at around feb. 28th for a probable arrival to Dubai, for now.
I'll keep you informe with my plans, that's a sure thing.

By the way Liban, I just hope the 2-3 hours run across the border to Oman, won't be in th afternoon, barefoot in the hot desert sand....lol :lol:
I would have to borrow your flip-flops and maybe a pair of white socks...picture me for a sec....... :roll:

I would not make it alive, I would get lost........

Later man.
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Feb 02, 2006
LOL :lol:

You'll love Dubai bro :)
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Mar 26, 2006
jst curious. whats with the "israelis" or persons with isreal stamped on their passport might not be allowed entry?? UAE hates Israel that much? why? I don't recall that subject being discussed during my school days. or maybe I was MIA.
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Mar 26, 2006
You haven't heard of the Israel-Palestine conflict that has been going on for decades? You didn't just miss a school unit on that, you missed the daily newspapers and history shows made over the past decades. :shock:
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Mar 26, 2006
To echo what everyone else said there is a wee bit of conflict between arab countries and Israel (understatement) but you can actually come into the UAE with an Israel stamp in your passport, this was changed a while back to facilitate trade with the US.
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here comes another one... Mar 26, 2006
meet our version of a modern day blonde bimbo...i hope ur cute..coz ur gonna need it honey...and by the way vanilla...ur going to have less of your excitement when it sinks in. :) reality check...

given your penchant for great questions, your wide and intimidating knowlege of the arab world, i think ur a good candidate for a rape case soon... :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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