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United Arab Emirates Visa Types

You can apply for a Tourist Visa, Business Visa, or Transit Visa on our platform. Here are the features and requirements for each of these visas. Keep reading to learn more.

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United Arab Emirates Tourist e Visa

The UAE tourist e-visa is also called a Dubai or Abu Dhabi visa, specially designed for tourists coming from eligible countries. The official entry document is for short-term purposes or trips that last between 30 – 180 days. How long you stay in the Kingdom will depend on your passport. For instance, Mexicans can stay for up to 180 days, while other nationals may stay for 30, 60, or 90 days.

Some of the countries on the e-visa list are also on the visa on arrival list too, but applying for the former is better since you will not have to wait in long queues at the airport for a visa if you choose the second option. Kindly note that unless under special circumstances, this visa is issued as a single entry visa.

Port of Entry

Holders of e visas can enter the United Arab Emirates through any of these airports:

Airports: Abu Dhabi International Airport, Al Maktoum International Airport, Sharjah International Airport, Dubai International Airport, Al Ain International Airport, Ras Al Khaimah Airport, Al Bateen Executive Airport, Fujairah International Airport, Sir Bani Yas Airport, Dalma Airport, Khartoum International Airport.

United Arab Emirates Business e Visa

The business e-visa is issued to business professionals and investors coming to the UAE. This multipurpose visa is meant for different business-related activities. You can use it to attend conferences, seminars, and fairs in the UAE, visit as a representative of an organization, settle estates, serve as a consultant, pursue investment interests, etc. You can stay in the Emirates with this visa for 30 -180 days, depending on your nationality, and it is issued as a single or multiple-entry visa.

This e visa is not a work visa, so you cannot use it to earn direct income throughout your stay. To get it, you must provide evidence of your business activity, such as an invitation letter from your host which may be an organization or an individual. You will also need to provide an itinerary or a cover letter indicating your arrival and departure date as well the purpose of your trip.

Port of Entry

Holders of this e visa can enter the United Arab Emirates through any of these airports.

Airports: Abu Dhabi International Airport, Al Maktoum International Airport, Sharjah International Airport, Dubai International Airport, Al Ain International Airport, Ras Al Khaimah Airport, Al Bateen Executive Airport, Fujairah International Airport, Sir Bani Yas Airport, Dalma Airport, Khartoum International Airport.

For US passport holders, no advance visa arrangements are required to visit the UAE. Simply disembark your flight at Dubai International airport and proceed to immigration, where your passport will be stamped with a 30-day visit visa free of charge.

Fill out United Arab Emirates Tourist E-visa application form online

and provide digital copies of the following documents:
  • Passport copy. A clear scan of the information page of your valid, signed passport.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a surcharge associated with this service.

  • Proof of status. A copy of immigration status in United States such as a resident card, work, or study permit.

  • Medical Certificate. International tourists must do a PCR test with a maximum validity of four days (96 hours) ahead of the date of departure. They will be required to show proof of not being infected with the virus on arrival at Dubai airports. If they cannot provide proof, they will undergo a PCR test at the airport.

  • Health insurance. Proof of international health insurance and specifically covering travel to United Arab Emirates is required. Applicants can get a free quote and purchase valid travel insurance from our affiliate.

  • Passport copy. A clear scan of the information page of your valid, signed passport.

  • Passport-type photograph. A digital passport-type photograph taken within the last 6 months. This may be taken using a cell phone against a white wall provided if it meets the standards of a passport-type photograph.

  • Passport copy. A clear scan of the information page of your valid, signed passport.

  • Passport-type photograph. A digital passport-type photograph taken within the last 6 months. This may be taken using a cell phone against a white wall provided if it meets the standards of a passport-type photograph.

  • Original passport. Signed passport with at least 6 months of remaining validity.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include 2passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a surcharge associated with this service.

  • State Department Letter. An ORIGINAL letter from the US Department of State addressed to "Embassy of United Arab Emirates, Washington D.C." explaining purpose of travel and dates of the trip. Letter must contain the applicant's name and the passport number.

Unfortunately, at this time VisaHQ does not provide service for

A visa is not required for this destination.

Additional information
  • This is focusing solely on the city of Abu Dhabi.
    Perform a PCR test, no longer than 96 hours prior to your departing flight. The test must be in either Arabic or English. Children under 12 are exempt.
    A few select nations also have the option of being tested on arrival if they cannot get a 96-hour PCR test in their own country. The list is currently very small, but consists of the following countries: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, UK, Germany.
    Download the DXB Smart App on your phone .
    The government of UAE has said that all travelers and tourists into Dubai MUST have travel health insurance.
    Any traveler coming from a country on the green list will not have to fulfill the quarantine requirements and will only be subject to the testing requirements. Currently, the green list of countries includes: Australia, Brunei, China, Greece, Greenland, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mauritius, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.
    Most countries not included on the green list can still travel to Abu Dhabi, as long as they qualify for a visa on arrival and they agree to fulfill a quarantine requirement of 10 days.
  • Testing Requirements for Abu Dhabi.
    Pre-Flight. In order to board your flight for Abu Dhabi, all passengers must perform a PCR test no longer than 96 hours before departure and show proof of the negative results. Passengers coming from the UK will only have a 72-hour window.
    Test on Arrival. All passengers will also be given a PCR test upon arrival. Even if you are traveling from a country on the ‘green’ list, you must isolate until test results become available, usually 12-24 hours.
    Test on Day 6 and Day 12 for Green Countries. Travelers who are coming from ‘green’ list countries and therefore exempt from the 10-day quarantine must also take a PCR test on day 6 and day 12 of their trip.
    Test on Day 8 for Quarantine Countries. Travelers who are coming from countries NOT included on the ‘green’ list, and who are required to quarantine for 10 days, must take a PCR test on day 8 of their trip in order to be released from quarantine on day 10 and have the wristband removed.
    Passengers under 12 years of age are exempt from testing.
  • All visitors into Abu Dhabi will need to download the Alhosn contact tracing app and use it for the duration of their stay.
  • Additional required documents for Male applicants under the age of 21 and Female applicants under the age of 23
    Applicant must be accompanied by a parent.
    Birth Certificate. A copy of the applicant's birth certificate.
    Parent’s Passport Copy. A copy of the information pages of the traveling parent’s passport.
    Parent’s UAE Visa. A copy of the traveling parent's valid UAE visa (unless parent is applying for a visa together with the applicant).
  • Before applying for UAE e-visa you must be outside the country. In case you have just left the United Arab Emirates, please provide us a copy of the UAE exit stamps.
  • E-visas for short term business visas are issued as "Visitor" visas.

United Arab Emirates Tourist E-visa fees for citizens of United States of America

Type of visaValidity
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Processing
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
Embassy feeService feeTaxTotal cost
30 days Single Entry
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 60 days
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
2-3 business days
Embassy fee:$251.29
Service fee:$108.90
Tax:$0.00
Total cost:$360.19
$360.19
30 days Single Entry
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 60 days
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
2-3 business days
Embassy fee:$251.29
Service fee:$139.12
Tax:$0.00
Total cost:$390.41
$390.41
60 days Single Entry
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 60 days
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
2-3 business days
Embassy fee:$305.75
Service fee:$108.90
Tax:$0.00
Total cost:$414.65
$414.65
60 days Single Entry
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 60 days
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
2-3 business days
Embassy fee:$305.75
Service fee:$139.12
Tax:$0.00
Total cost:$444.87
$444.87
30 days Multiple Entry
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 60 days
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
2-3 business days
Embassy fee:$379.26
Service fee:$108.90
Tax:$0.00
Total cost:$488.16
$488.16
60 days Multiple Entry
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 60 days
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
2-3 business days
Embassy fee:$406.48
Service fee:$108.90
Tax:$0.00
Total cost:$515.38
$515.38
30 days Multiple Entry
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 60 days
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
2-3 business days
Embassy fee:$379.26
Service fee:$139.12
Tax:$0.00
Total cost:$518.38
$518.38
60 days Multiple Entry
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 60 days
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
2-3 business days
Embassy fee:$406.48
Service fee:$139.12
Tax:$0.00
Total cost:$545.60
$545.60
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United Arab Emirates Visa Policy

The United Arab Emirates has a well-defined policy that explains the requirements all visitors must meet before they are allowed into the Kingdom. The Immigration Law of the UAE controls the flow of foreign nationals entering and exiting its territories. According to Federal Law 6 (1973), all visitors coming to the UAE must have valid visas except in the case of visa-exempt individuals.

Citizens from GCC countries are the only category of individuals who can enter the UAE freely without visas.

United Arab Emirates Visa-Free Countries

The visa-free countries of the UAE are Gulf Cooperation Council countries, namely

  • Bahrain – Kuwait – Saudi Arabia – Oman – Qatar

Nationals from these countries can enter the UAE with a valid ID only or a passport issued by their home government.

Other Visa-Free Countries

Apart from GCC countries, there is an additional set of countries whose citizens can enter without a visa or are eligible for a visa on arrival. Visitors in this category cannstwy in the UAE for 30 days, 60 days, 90 days and 180 days. The number of visa free days is dependent on the applicant's passport. However, unlike GCC nationals who can enter the UAE with valid IDs, all other nationals can only do so with valid passports issued to them by their home governments.

Note: Indian citizens with valid US or European Union visas or resident permits are eligible for 14 days visa on arrival.

Important Points To Note About The UAE e Visa

As you prepare for your trip to the UAE, here is some Important information to bear in mind.

UAE Immigration: The immigration authorities of the UAE are mandated by law to check every visitor coming into the country, and this includes persons with visas. When you arrive at the checkpoint, you will be asked to provide your passport and travel documents and also asked questions about your trip. Make sure you give clear and honest answers, as they will compare your answers to the documents you present. The immigration authorities have every right to turn back visitors that cannot defend their reasons for being in the country.

Eligibility: Note that only persons from eligible countries can apply for e visas. And they must have valid passports as proof of their citizenship. They must also have the intention of leaving the UAE once their visa expires with no plans for long term visits. Another eligibility criteria is that they must possess the financial capacity to foot their bills throughout their stay in the UAE.

Passport: You must use the same passport for your application and travel because the e-visa you will be given is linked to the passport. Presenting a different passport to the officers on duty at the airport is enough grounds for entry denial. If your current passport does not cover the duration of your time in the United Arab Emirates, do apply for a new passport before submitting your e-visa application.

Not For Work: The electronic visa program is for tourism, business, and transit visitors rather than for work. Persons caught working in the UAE without a work visa will be sanctioned by the authorities and deported.

Don’t Overstay: Be aware of the number of days travelers from your country are allowed to stay in the UAE, whether that is 30,60,90, or 180 days.

Be mindful of this information, and do not overstay your welcome in the country. If you do, you will be fined for every extra day before you will be allowed to leave the country. Illegal immigrants will be forcefully deported.

Hold A Copy: Despite being a tourist hub it is not uncommon for visitors to be stopped by local law enforcement and questioned on the streets about their identity. In such a situation, a copy of your e visa will save you a lot of explanation and stress. Once your visa is approved, print out a copy and make sure you travel to the UAE with it.

Respect The Customs: The United Arab Emirates is a strictly conservative Muslim country with strong traditions. Always respect the local laws and customs of the Kingdom to avoid upsetting the authorities and the locals. To be on the safe side, do well to study the laws so you will not violate them by accident.

Non Convertible: You cannot convert your visa while you are already inside the country. For instance, if you applied for a single entry visa, you cannot convert it to a multiple entry visa nor can you convert an e visa to a long term consular visa. If you decide to change visas you must leave the country and apply for a new one abroad.

United Arab Emirates Visa Online – Get your United Arab Emirates e-Visa with VisaHQ

Did you know you can get a United Arab Emirates e-visa by submitting your application online? VisaHQ makes it possible for applicants to submit their applications to the UAE authorities without the need to visit their consulate or foreign mission.

How To Obtain A Visa With VisaHQ?

The application process on VisaHQ is quite easy, and you don’t have to spend hours filling out the form. With three simple steps, you can easily apply and get your E-visa to travel to UAE. Here are the steps:

Fill The Form: The first step is to fill out the application form and ensure that all your entries are accurate and correspond with the information in your documents.

Attach Documents: You must upload the required documents depending on your visa type. After that step, submit for processing.

Get Your Visa: If your application is approved, the e-visa will be forwarded to your email address. Do print it out and travel with it.

Why Use VisaHQ?

Many have come to trust VisaHQ because of our streamlined and seamless application process. If you would like to apply for any of the available e visas to travel to the UAE, this platform is the best option for the following reasons:

  • We are a trusted brand with more than 2 decades of experience.
  • We have representatives scattered across 6 countries in several locations to provide value-added services to our clients.
  • Fast and easy application process. Our application process takes only a few minutes to complete.
  • You can apply for more than one visa at the same time.
  • Our site is safe and secure, so your sensitive information will not fall into the wrong hands.
  • Provide round-the-clock technical support.
  • You can track your application from your phone.

We are the number online visa application platform for visitors taking short-term trips to the UAE, and many have come to trust the quality of our service. You don’t need to depend on travel agents or intermediaries to get your visa application approved; use VisaHQ’s tested and trusted application platform to submit your application for any e-visa of your choice. Enjoy all these benefits mentioned above and more by choosing VisaHQ as your trusted online visa application platform. Head to the application page now to get started or reach out to our technical staff for more inquiries.

United Arab Emirates COVID-19 travel restrictions

  • Entry is open
    All passengers travelling to Dubai are no longer required to present a COVID‑19 vaccination certificate or perform PCR tests. Passengers travelling from or through Dubai are only required to comply with the transit requirements and travel requirements their final destination. Nationals of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar & Saudi Arabia) can travel within GCC countries and enter Dubai with their National Identity Card (ID Card).
    Prior to arrival requirements
    Valid passport. Valid national passport with at least 6 month remaining validity after the date of departure.
    Valid visa. Please see the instructions above if visa is needed and apply.
    Upon arrival restrictions
    😷Masks are required in some cases.

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