Please note that this website is a tourism guide and only provides visa and immigration information for tourists visiting Dubai for a short vacation.
We do not offer any information about visas for residence, work, business, or family visits. Please do not request ask information about these types of visas in the comments section. They will not be approved or answered.
We update this page as frequently as possible and believe it to be correct at the time of writing (July 2014). We advise you to double check with reliable sources before making any travel plans (please see the section about reliable websites and inaccurate immigration information on official Dubai websites).
If any information on this page is incorrect please leave a comment so that we can correct it.
Visas for Dubai
All tourists, with the exception of GCC nationals, require a visa to visit Dubai. However, the nationals of over 40 countries can obtain a free 30-day visa on arrival in Dubai.
Israeli nationals are not permitted to enter Dubai or the United Arab Emirates.
The rules can be summarised as follows:
No Visa Required
The only people that do not require a visa to visit Dubai are national citizens of GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries i.e. Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
Visa on Arrival
Nationals of the following countries can obtain a 30-day visa on arrival in Dubai:
- EU countries (all 28 – see note below)
- European Free Trade Association Countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland)
- Andorra, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, and the United States
- Citizens of the Vatican (a UN observer state) and Hong Kong (a special administrative region of China)
- GCC residents that are not nationals but have a high professional status (manager, accountant, doctor etc.) or that work in the public sector.
There is no need to apply in advance and there is no charge. The visa is simply stamped in your passport at the immigration desk.
In March 2014 the UAE and the EU agreed a bilateral visa agreement. Under the terms of deal UAE citizens no longer require an EU Schengen visa. In return, citizens of 13 EU member states that previously required a pre-entry visa to visit Dubai and the UAE are now eligible for a visa on arrival.
The 13 countries affected by the March 2014 agreement are: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
Citizens of all 28 member countries of the European Union can now visit Dubai without the need to apply for a visa in advance.
Pre-entry Visa Required
Tourists not falling into one of the categories need above to get a local sponsor to apply for their visa on their behalf. Valid sponsors include hotels in Dubai and UAE-based airlines such as Emirates, Air Arabia, Etihad, and flydubai.
The online visa application systems offered by Emirates and Etihad are both easy to use:
- Etihad – links to their visa processing partner TT Services – note that the TT Services website allows you to select their codeshare partners if you have booked your flight with them (July 2014 – airBaltic, Air Berlin, and Air Serbia).
Reliable Websites and Official Immigration Websites
Official Dubai websites are notoriously unreliable. Many official government sites contain out of date visa information.
For example new visa rules were introduced in March 2014 allowing citizens of all EU countries to obtain a 30-day visa on arrival. At the beginning of July 2014 this information was not updated on any of the government sites we checked including:
- Definitely Dubai – the official Dubai tourism website
- The Embassy of the UAE in Washington DC
- The Embassy of the UAE in London
The most reliable website we have found for Dubai visa information is Emirates. This is almost certainly because they are a UAE-based airline and visa sponsor. Consequently they are processing a large number of visas for their passengers and need the correct information on their website.
Emirates have the following information on their site:
Summary of Dubai Immigration and Visa Rules for Tourists
The table below summarises the Dubai/UAE tourist visa requirements for citizens of each of the 193 nations that are members of the United Nations.
Additional visa rules are given for citizens of the Vatican (a UN observer state) and Hong Kong (a special administrative region of China).
We only provide information regarding tourist visas.
We believe the visa rules to be correct at the time of writing (July 2014). Please note that visa rules change frequently. We bear no responsibility for the accuracy of this information.
Please check using a reliable source (see previous section) before making any travel plans.
If you notice any information on this page is incorrect please leave a message in the comments section below.
|Country||EU Member||No Visa Required||30-Day Visa On Arrival||Pre-entry Visa Required||Notes|
|Antigua and Barbuda||Yes|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Yes|
|Bulgaria||Yes||Yes||From 22 March 2014|
|Central African Republic||Yes|
|Croatia||Yes||Yes||From 22 March 2014|
|Cyprus||Yes||Yes||From 22 March 2014|
|Czech Republic||Yes||Yes||From 22 March 2014|
|Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea)||Yes|
|Democratic Republic of the Cong||Yes|
|Estonia||Yes||Yes||From 22 March 2014|
|Hungary||Yes||Yes||From 22 March 2014|
|Israel||N/A||Israeli passport holders not permitted to enter to Dubai|
|Lao People's Democratic Republic (Laos)||Yes|
|Latvia||Yes||Yes||From 22 March 2014|
|Lithuania||Yes||Yes||From 22 March 2014|
|Malta||Yes||Yes||From 22 March 2014|
|Micronesia (Federated States of)||Yes|
|Papua New Guinea||Yes|
|Poland||Yes||Yes||From 22 March 2014|
|Republic of Korea (South Korea)||Yes|
|Republic of Moldova||Yes|
|Romania||Yes||Yes||From 22 March 2014|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||Yes|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||Yes|
|Sao Tome and Principe||Yes|
|Slovakia||Yes||Yes||From 22 March 2014|
|Slovenia||Yes||Yes||From 22 March 2014|
|Syrian Arab Republic||Yes|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Yes|
|United Arab Emirates||Yes|
|United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland||Yes||Yes|
|United Republic of Tanzania||Yes|
|United States of America||Yes|