A Dubai Visa is much sought after as Dubai has become a magnet attracting shoppers, holiday makers, tourists, business persons and job seekers alike.
I have compiled a Guide to Visas in Dubai for various purposes, important tips and information, and, important Do's and Don’ts.
Please read these carefully before proceeding ahead in your quest to obtain a Visa.
Use your judgment. Always follow the rules and regulations of the UAE Government. The wrong ways often are very easy, but almost always land one in trouble.
The right ways though a little difficult, ensure safety and peace of mind.
Dubai Visa Information: Amer Service from Dubai Naturalization and Residency Department (DNRD), can be contacted for any queries regarding visa and residence issues in Dubai.
Amer Service sometimes also spelled as Aamer, Ameer, AlAmer, AlAmeen, Al Amen etc. contact details are:
Address: Department of Naturalization and Residency, Trade Centre Road, near Bur Dubai Police Station, Dubai, UAE.
Tel: +971 4 3980000
Tel: 800-5111 (toll free in the UAE)
Fax +971 4 3981177
Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Types of Visa for Dubai
Entry Permit on Arrival:
Passport holders of the following countries can get free entry permit on arrival valid for 30 days:
This permit is renewable (AED 610) for 30 more days. The above country citizens are also exempt from the refundable deposit and health insurance rules.
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All nationalities can enter the UAE on a Tourist Visa to Dubai. Tourist
visas (AED 100) for 30 days, renewable once (AED 600) for 30 days, can
only be applied for through a licensed hotel, travel or tourism agency.
Tourists must be covered by health insurance.
Student Visas (AED 1100) are issued for 60 days and can be renewed twice
(AED 600) for a similar period. Students must be registered in one of
the universities in the UAE and must obtain health insurance.
Multiple Entry Visa:
A Dubai Visa for Business travelers (AED 2100) who are frequent
visitors to the UAE and who have a relationship with a reputable company
here can obtain a multiple entry visa. This is valid for 6 months from
the date of issue. However, each visit must not exceed 14 days.
Visa for Expos & Conferences:
A Dubai Visa to attend conferences, exhibitions or festivals (AED 200) can be obtained for a 30-day period. It is non - renewable.
A Dubai Visa for the purpose of temporary work in UAE (AED 600)
can be obtained for a max of 180 days. It can be renewed (AED 1200) for
another 180 days. An applicant must obtain the permit from the Labour
Ministry to get the visa.
A Dubai Visa is issued to travelers transiting (AED 100) through
UAE airports. It is issued for 96 hours and must be sponsored by an
airline operating in the UAE. The visitor must have a valid ticket for
Citizens of Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Niger and Yemen are not eligible for the 96 hours visa on arrival.
Emirates Airlines handles the service for their travelers. However, for those flying with other Airlines, have to contact Marhaba Services for any transit visa.
Tel: +971 4 2162657 / 2164629
A Residence Visa is issued to those who intend to reside (AED 300)
indefinitely with a person who is already a resident. It is issued to
the immediate kin of a resident for 3 years. The residence visa becomes
invalid if the resident remains out of the UAE for more than six months
at a time.
A Dubai Visa is issued to expatriate investors (AED 300) entering
in partnership deals with locals, for a period of 3 years. The foreign
investor must hold a minimum stake of AED 70,000 in the share capital.
A Dubai Visa is issued to Employees of a company in the UAE, by
the Immigration Department to a foreign national upon the approval of
the Ministry of Labour. When the employee has entered UAE on the basis
of the employment visa, the sponsor company arranges to transfer this
visa to a residence visa.
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Dubai Visa Requirements:
Do's and Don’ts:
Dubai Visas can be sponsored by a travel agency, hotel, a company or department with which you are doing business in the UAE, an Emirati, or an expatriate individual (eg. a relative or friend resident in the UAE).
As per the rules and regulations of The Ministry of Interior, a health checkup is mandatory in order to be a resident of UAE.
In order to avoid any financial burdens and losses, it is
advisable to have an advanced screening of the below listed medical
tests and be approved medically fit by government approved medical
centers in your country of origin before your departure to The United Arab Emirates.
Please Note: The above tests are applicable and a part of Dubai Visa Requirements for those arriving on Employment/Investor/Partners visa. It is not applicable at present for tourist/visit visa applicants.
The Dubai Government WebSite also provides the latest Dubai Visa Information.
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