Dubai Visas and Immigration

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.

Dubai UAE visa and immigration stamps in a passport

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:

  • Emirates
  • 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:

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
AfghanistanYes
AlbaniaYes
AlgeriaYes
AndorraYes
AngolaYes
Antigua and BarbudaYes
ArgentinaYes
ArmeniaYes
AustraliaYes
AustriaYesYes
AzerbaijanYes
BahamasYes
BahrainYes
BangladeshYes
BarbadosYes
BelarusYes
BelgiumYesYes
BelizeYes
BeninYes
BhutanYes
BoliviaYes
Bosnia and HerzegovinaYes
BotswanaYes
BrazilYes
Brunei DarussalamYes
BulgariaYesYesFrom 22 March 2014
Burkina FasoYes
BurundiYes
Cabo VerdeYes
CambodiaYes
CameroonYes
CanadaYes
Central African RepublicYes
ChadYes
ChileYes
ChinaYes
ColombiaYes
ComorosYes
CongoYes
Costa RicaYes
Côte d'IvoireYes
CroatiaYesYesFrom 22 March 2014
CubaYes
CyprusYesYesFrom 22 March 2014
Czech RepublicYesYesFrom 22 March 2014
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea)Yes
Democratic Republic of the CongYes
DenmarkYesYes
DjiboutiYes
DominicaYes
Dominican RepublicYes
EcuadorYes
EgyptYes
El SalvadorYes
Equatorial GuineaYes
EritreaYes
EstoniaYesYesFrom 22 March 2014
EthiopiaYes
FijiYes
FinlandYesYes
FranceYesYes
GabonYes
GambiaYes
GeorgiaYes
GermanyYesYes
GhanaYes
GreeceYesYes
GrenadaYes
GuatemalaYes
GuineaYes
Guinea-BissauYes
GuyanaYes
HaitiYes
HondurasYes
Hong KongYes
HungaryYesYesFrom 22 March 2014
IcelandEFTAYes
IndiaYes
IndonesiaYes
IranYes
IraqYes
IrelandYesYes
IsraelN/AIsraeli passport holders not permitted to enter to Dubai
ItalyYesYes
JamaicaYes
JapanYes
JordanYes
KazakhstanYes
KenyaYes
KiribatiYes
KuwaitYes
KyrgyzstanYes
Lao People's Democratic Republic (Laos)Yes
LatviaYesYesFrom 22 March 2014
LebanonYes
LesothoYes
LiberiaYes
LibyaYes
LiechtensteinEFTAYes
LithuaniaYesYesFrom 22 March 2014
LuxembourgYesYes
MacedoniaYes
MadagascarYes
MalawiYes
MalaysiaYes
MaldivesYes
MaliYes
MaltaYesYesFrom 22 March 2014
Marshall IslandsYes
MauritaniaYes
MauritiusYes
MexicoYes
Micronesia (Federated States of)Yes
MonacoYes
MongoliaYes
MontenegroYes
MoroccoYes
MozambiqueYes
MyanmarYes
NamibiaYes
NauruYes
NepalYes
NetherlandsYesYes
New ZealandYes
NicaraguaYes
NigerYes
NigeriaYes
NorwayEFTAYes
OmanYes
PakistanYes
PalauYes
PanamaYes
Papua New GuineaYes
ParaguayYes
PeruYes
PhilippinesYes
PolandYesYesFrom 22 March 2014
PortugalYesYes
QatarYes
Republic of Korea (South Korea)Yes
Republic of MoldovaYes
RomaniaYesYesFrom 22 March 2014
Russian FederationYes
RwandaYes
Saint Kitts and NevisYes
Saint LuciaYes
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesYes
SamoaYes
San MarinoYes
Sao Tome and PrincipeYes
Saudi ArabiaYes
SenegalYes
SerbiaYes
SeychellesYes
Sierra LeoneYes
SingaporeYes
SlovakiaYesYesFrom 22 March 2014
SloveniaYesYesFrom 22 March 2014
Solomon IslandsYes
SomaliaYes
South AfricaYes
South SudanYes
SpainYesYes
Sri LankaYes
SudanYes
SurinameYes
SwazilandYes
SwedenYesYes
SwitzerlandEFTAYes
Syrian Arab RepublicYes
TajikistanYes
ThailandYes
Timor-LesteYes
TogoYes
TongaYes
Trinidad and TobagoYes
TunisiaYes
TurkeyYes
TurkmenistanYes
TuvaluYes
UgandaYes
UkraineYes
United Arab EmiratesYes
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandYesYes
United Republic of TanzaniaYes
United States of AmericaYes
UruguayYes
UzbekistanYes
VanuatuYes
VaticanYes
VenezuelaYes
VietnamYes
YemenYes
ZambiaYes
ZimbabweYes

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