Please note that this website is a tourism guide. We only provide visa and immigration information for tourists visiting Dubai for a short vacation.
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Visas for Dubai and UAE
All tourists, with the exception of GCC nationals (see note below*), require a visa to visit Dubai and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). However, the nationals of many countries can obtain a free visa on arrival in Dubai/UAE.
Visas are issued for entry to the UAE as a whole. This means they are valid for all 7 emirates; Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm Al Quwain.
*GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) is an association of Arab countries. It’s members are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Nationals of GCC countries do not need a visa to enter Dubai. However, at the time of writing (January 2020) the UAE has suspended diplomatic relations with Qatar. Holders of Qatari passports are not allowed to enter Dubai or the United Arab Emirates. This does not apply to nationals of Qatar who are father, mother, children or spouse of a UAE national.
Dubai/UAE Tourist Visa on Arrival
Nationals of many countries receive a tourist visa on arrival in Dubai/UAE. The visa is simply a stamp in a passport. There is no need to apply for the visa before arriving and there is no cost.
These visas on arrival are valid for either 30, 90, or 180 days, depending on the nationality of the applicant.
30-Day Visa on Arrival
Citizens of countries such as Australia, Canada, China, Ireland, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, the UK, and US receive a free 30-day visa on arrival in Dubai/UAE.
Nationals of the following countries receive a 30-day tourist visa on arrival in Dubai/UAE:
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Republic of Ireland
- San Marino
- United Kingdom and Northern Ireland
- Vatican City
The 30-day UAE visa country list was last updated on .
90-Day Visa on Arrival
Nationals of countries such as France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia and Spain receive a free 90-day visa on arrival in Dubai/UAE. The visas are valid for 6 months from the date of issue. They are multiple entry visas, allowing a total stay of any 90 days from the date of issue.
Passport holders from the following countries receive an automatic 90-day tourist visa on arrival in Dubai/UAE:
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- El Salvador
- Russian Federation
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- San Marino
- Solomon Islands
- South Korea
The 90-day UAE visa country list was last updated on December 1, 2020.
180-Day Visa on Arrival
Mexican citizens receive a UAE visa on arrival that’s valid for 180 days.
UAE Visas for Indian Citizens
Indian citizens with a US Green Card can obtain a visa on arrival. It is valid for 14 days.
Pre-entry Visa Required
Tourists not falling into one of the categories (30-day, 90-day, 180-day) need apply for their visa before travelling to Dubai or the UAE. This holders of passports from India (except US Green Card holders), Pakistan, Philippines, Iran, Egypt, Nigeria, and Jordan.
Israeli nationals are not permitted to enter Dubai or the United Arab Emirates.
Companies offering visa services include UAE-based airlines such as Emirates, Air Arabia, Etihad, and flydubai. Passengers can apply for a visa after booking a flight.
Many hotels also offer visa services. Hotel guests can apply for a visa via their hotel.
Links to apply for visas online with airlines, travel companies, and hotels
- Cleartrip – Online service offering Dubai/UAE visas for nationals of countries such as India, the Philippines, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Egypt, and Indonesia. Visas for 14 days, 30 days, and 90 days are available. Claims to offer the cheapest visa prices for Dubai/UAE. The online application form is very simple and processing times short.
- Emirates – Passengers who have booked a ticket to fly to Dubai/UAE with Emirates can apply for a visa after booking a flight (via Manage Booking feature).
- Etihad – Passengers with a air ticket flying to Abu Dhabi International Airport can apply for a visa with Etihad.
- Jumeirah – The hotel group offers their guests assistance with UAE visas. Hotels in their portfolio include the Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, and Jumeirah Emirates Towers.
- Air Arabia – Information about how Air Arabia can help passengers wishing to apply for a UAE visa.
- Flydubai – Information about how flydubai passengers can apply for a UAE visa.
Reliable Websites and Official Immigration Websites
Official Dubai websites are notoriously unreliable. Many official government sites contain out of date visa information.
Although we try to keep the information on this page as accurate as possible, we strongly advise you check UAE visa requirements using a reliable website. Good sources of accurate and reliable visa information include Emirates and IATA.
A reliable website for Dubai visa information is that of 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:
- Overview of the UAE visa rules
- Visa requirements tool – enter nationality and check if a UAE visa is required
IATA (International Air Transport Association) is a trade association of the world’s airlines. Members include UAE airlines such as Emirates, Etihad, Air Arabia, and flydubai.
These airlines use the IATA database when verifying visa information.
- IATA database – enter nationality and check if you need a visa to enter the UAE