Any person wishing to visit Dubai-UAE
must have an entry visa.
· Citizens of the Arab Gulf Co-operation
Council ( GCC ) countries and British nationals, with the right
of abode in UK, do not need visas to enter the Dubai-UAE. Britons
can stay for one month, renewable for a further two months.
- US and German citizens can obtain tourist or business visas
through any UAE embassy. It can be quicker if you apply in your
- A business visitor may enter the Dubai-UAE on either a transit
or visit visa.
- Visa Holders may enter and exit the Dubai-UAE through any port
- Airlines may require evidence that the incoming visitor has
a sponsor who holds the valid visa.
To obtain a visa from
a UAE embassy, you will need the following:
- 2 photographs
- Duplicate application form
- Letter or fax from the sponsor in the UAE to the embassy concerned
- A letter from the applicant's company plus photocopy
Valid for 30 days, renewable twice
upto a total of 100 days including a grace period of 10 days. It
takes one week to 10 days for a visit visa to be issued. All visitors
require a visit visa through a sponsor.
The sponsor can be your travel agency,
your hotel, - a hotel will only provide a visa if you are a guest.
the company or department with which you are doing business in Dubai-UAE,
or an individual (eg. a relative or friend resident in the Dubai-UAE).
For an individual to sponsor a visit visa, he or she must earn over
Dh4000 per month and hold a valid residence visa.
You can pick up this visit visa on
arrival at the airport, but there is a fee for delivery charge for
this service. In order to complete your application, your sponsor
will require your date of arrival, flight details, and a photocopy
of the first few pages of your passport, which should be valid for
at least three months. Your visit visa must be deposited at airport
immigration one hour before the arrival of your flight. Note that
your airline may require evidence (e.g. a photocopy) before departure
that a valid visa awaits you on arrival. Please note that holders
of British Overseas Citizens Passport who do not have the right
of abode in the UK do need visas to enter Dubai-UAE.
Please be advised that all persons
entering Dubai-UAE,require an Entry Visa that needs to be arranged
prior to arrival. Except for citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council
who do not require a visa and nationalities automatically entitled
to visit visas on entry.
Citizens of the following states will
be granted a free of charge visit visa on arrival in the Dubai-UAE:
UK (with right of abode in the UK), France, Italy, Germany, the
Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden,
Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Finland, Malta, Spain,
Monaco, Vatican, Iceland, Andorra, San Marino, Liechtenstein, USA,
Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia
and Hong Kong. Passports will be stamped with the visit visa as
you pass through Immigration at any airport in the UAE.
List of Passport Holders who do not
require a visa to enter Dubai-UAE.
This special category of visit visa
is available for individual tourists from East and West Europe who
are not entitled to be issued with a visa on arrival, as well as
visitors from Thailand, South Africa and China. The tourist visa,
which must be sponsored by hotels and tour operators, entitles its
holder to a 30-day stay and is non-renewable.
If you are flying to or from Europe
or the United States, to Asia or Africa and passing through UAE
airports, you can obtain a special 96-hour transit visa. You must
be sponsored by an airline operating in Dubai-UAE and you must have
a valid ticket for your onward flight. Your travel documents will
be stamped with an entry seal and there is no charge for this visa.
Entry Service Permit
An entry service permit (sometimes
referred to as a 14-day stay) is available to businessmen and tourists.
The permit must be sponsored by a company or commercial establishment
or a hotel licensed to operate within Dubai-UAE. The visa, which
is non-renewable, is valid for 14 days from the date of issue and
the duration of stay is 14 days from date of entry, exclusive of
arrival and departure days. Allow at least two weeks for processing
of the permit.
Multiple Entry Visa
An option for business visitors who
are frequent visitors to the UAE and who have a relationship with
a reputable company in Dubai-UAE. Valid for six months from date
of issue, each visit must not exceed 30 days in total. The visitor
must enter Dubai-UAE on a visit visa and obtain the multiple entry
visa while in the country.
German citizens (both tourists and
business visitors) may apply to the UAE embassy in Germany for one
or two year multiple-entry visa. No sponsor is required. The maximum
duration of stay should not exceed three months a year.
US citizens may apply to the UAE embassy
in the US for one to ten year multiple-entry visas. A sponsor is
required and the visa will be granted free of charge. The maximum
duration of stay should not exceed six months per visit. Cooperation
Council - GCC
Saudi Arabia was a prime mover in setting
up the Gulf Cooperation Council in 1981. Other members are Bahrain,
Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The Gulf Cooperation Council aims to
coordinate resistance to outside intervention in the Gulf. Progress
towards economic integration has been slow during the 1980s economic
downturn in the region.
The Gulf Cooperation Council seeks
to strengthen cooperation (in areas such as agriculture, industry,
investment, security, and trade) among its six members: Bahrain,
Kuwait, Quatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
The Gulf Cooperation Council, created
in response to the outbreach of the Iran-Iraq war, established the
Gulf Standards Organization in November 1982 and the Gulf Investment
Corporation in 1984.
The presidency of the Gulf Cooperation
Council rotates yearly among members. Council headquarters are in
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.