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If your loved ones are planning a trip to the UAE, here's a reminder: Tourists can apply for a family group visit visa, which is free of cost for children.

Under the scheme, children under the age of 18 can be granted a visa for free while usual charges apply to their parents.

“The application for this visa should be submitted along with either father’s or mother’s application,” said Subair Thekepurathvalappil, senior manager for inbound and outbound operations at Regal Tours Worldwide.

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Industry experts said several visitors had been opting for this entry permit.

“A family group visit visa is more convenient and cost-effective for families, given that there is no visa fee for children under the age of 18,” Subair said, adding that there are no restrictions on the number of children who can apply for the permit.

The free visa is also applicable even to children who are travelling with just one parent, he explained. It is available for a 30- or 60-day stay, which can be extended within the country.

With the festive season just around the corner, several family group visit visas are being issued every day — particularly to Indians who wish to celebrate Diwali in Dubai, said Firoz Maliyakkal, founder and CEO of Tahira Tours and Travels.

This visa, however, is not new. It was introduced two years ago and has since been a popular option for visitors from around the world.

How to apply

  • A family will have to submit copies of their passports and photos — all at once — to a travel agency.
  • Fees are paid. Note that though the visa is free for children, travel agent service charges and insurance fees will apply.
  • The agency then processes the application.
  • The visa is usually issued in a day or two.
  • Visa fee for parents, along with the service charge for children, may vary depending on the travel agency.
  • A 30-day visa for a parent ranges from Dh350 to Dh500.
  • Service charge and insurance for a child range between Dh80 and Dh120.
  • A 60-day visa will cost Dh500 to Dh650, while the service charge, including insurance, may vary from Dh130 to Dh170.

Requirements

  • Passport copy
  • Passport-sized photograph

Extension policy

Experts say the family visa can be extended without exiting the country, “however, a full visa fee has to be paid for children. The extension within the country is not free for children", said Subair.

“Visitors can extend the family visa for up to 120 days without exiting the country,” he added.

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You’ll find information about visas below. Use our quick visa search tool to see if you need a visa and the passport requirements for visiting the UAE.

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If you are a passport holder of the below country or territory, no advance visa arrangements are required to visit the UAE. Simply disembark your flight at Dubai International and proceed to immigration, where your passport will be stamped with a 30-day visit visa free of charge.

90-day visit eligibility

If you are a passport holder of one of the below countries or territories, your passport will be stamped with a multiple entry 90-day visit visa that's valid for 6 months from the date of issue, and for a stay of 90 days in total. Citizens of the below European countries are also entitled to apply for a pre-arranged visit visa if their 90-day visa on arrival has been fully utilized.

180-day visit eligibility

If you hold a Mexican passport you’re eligible for a multiple entry 180-day visit visa that's valid for 6 months from the date of issue, and for a stay of 180 days in total.

Dubai immigration procedures

As an added security measure, Immigration Authorities at Dubai International are now conducting random visual screening for visitors to Dubai.

Visitors asked to proceed for visual screening are required to present a hard copy of their visa or a printed version of the visa number confirmation page at the screening counter. If you do not have a copy of your visa with you, a charge of AED 30 per copy applies, payable only in AED.

Important information

Before you travel to the UAE, please check your visa requirements and make sure you have a valid visa if needed, or if your passport needs to be valid for six months. Holders of non-standard passports and travel documents may also have different entry requirements: find out if you need to apply for a visa and other passport requirements.

As of April 29, 2016, GCC residence permit holders will need to apply for a UAE visa before arriving in Dubai.

New visit entry permit to the UAE for Indian nationals

From January 7, 2024, eligible Indian nationals with a normal passport valid for a minimum of six months can obtain a single entry, 14-day visa on arrival. A fee of USD 63 applies.

Eligibility

  • Indian passport holder with USA visa valid for a minimum of six months
  • Indian passport holder with USA green card valid for a minimum of six months
  • Indian passport holder with UK residence card valid for a minimum of six months
  • Indian passport holder with EU residence card from the following countries valid for a minimum of six months

How and where to apply for a preapproved UAE visa

Eligible Indian nationals can apply for their UAE entry permit on emirates.com through Manage your booking .

  • For Extension, Original passport and ticket copy required.
  • Extensions can be made at the airport office only.

Required applicant documents.

  • Color photograph of applicant
  • Color copy of applicant's passport. The passport must be valid for at least six months
  • You can download the application form (available at all Emirates Ticketing Offices) in  Arabic (Opens a PDF in a new tab)  or English (Opens a PDF in a new tab)  depending on the applicant’s nationality.
  • A copy of your Emirates Airline ticket, or codeshare flight that starts with the code ‘EK’, and the ticket number should start with ‘176’.
  • Proof of relationship if applying for family member: birth certificate, marriage certificate and family book
  • All Documents to be submitted as hard copies
  • Additional documents may be required by the authorities.

Additional documents are required for visitors of some countries

Additional documents may be required, depending on your country of residence. Please use our visa search tool above or visit our visa requirements page for more information.

Rules and conditions

  • Sponsor or applicant will be responsible for a visitor overstay and overstay fines.
  • A Refundable deposit of AED 1,000 for friend. Sponsor must claim the deposit within a maximum of two years from the application submission date.
  • Refund of visa fee before processing of an application, AED 50 will be deducted on refund process.
  • Visa fees must be paid upon application.
  • Additional visa processing fees may apply.
  • Visa fees are nonrefundable.
  • The ticket is non-refundable if the visa has been issued and utilized.
  • Visa processing time is approximately 3 to 4 working days.
  • Entry into the UAE is subject to immigration approval.
  • All visas are valid to enter Dubai for 60 days from the date of issue, except the 96-hour and 48-hour visas, which are valid for 30 days from the date of issue.

How and where to apply for your prearranged UAE visa

  • Apply online through Manage Your Booking
  • 48-hour and 96-hour transit visas are valid for travel with Emirates tickets outbound from Dubai. You can only apply for a transit visa online or at the Emirates Commercial Visa APT office at Dubai International airport Terminal 3.

Apply online

Nationals of countries requiring a prearranged UAE visa can now apply and pay for their visas online through emirates.com.

If you are traveling to or stopping over in Dubai with Emirates, you can submit an application and receive your UAE visa entirely online—without having to submit your passport for stamping. You can apply for your UAE visa through our Manage your booking after you book your Emirates flight. VFS processing fees apply. For more information please visit VFS Global.

The online visa application service is available for residents and nationals of many countries around the world. Find out if you can apply for a UAE visa. Applicants' passports must have at least six months' validity as of the date of travel to Dubai and must be machine-readable; handwritten passports are not accepted.

This service is only available to passengers with a confirmed Emirates booking where an Emirates ticket has already been issued and the flight itinerary already includes the desired time in Dubai. The itinerary into and out of Dubai should be on one ticket (PNR), and these flights must be Emirates flights. Note that itineraries including flights to or from Dubai on other carriers are not eligible for online visa service.

A minimum of 4 international working days prior to arrival in Dubai is required; however, Emirates recommends that online applications be made as early as possible.

Apply in the UAE

If you have a family member or near relative who is a UAE resident, they can apply for a visa on your behalf at any of our ticketing offices in the UAE. Please note that this service is only available to residents of the UAE.

Required documents

  • Color copy of applicant's passport. The passport must be valid for at least three months.
  • The original application form (available at all Emirates ticketing offices)
  • Copy of the Emirates ticket
  • Additional visa processing fees apply.
  • The passenger must travel to and from Dubai on Emirates or codeshare flights only.

Download the prearranged visa application form

Get started on your prearranged visa application by downloading and filling out the form.

Required applicant documents:

  • A color passport photograph
  • A color copy of your passport (must be valid for six months)
  • The visa application form

Required sponsor documents:

Minimum salary required, download the sponsorship application form.

Get started on your sponsorship application by downloading and filling out the form.

Visa and sponsorship applications can be submitted to:

Abu Dhabi Emirates Ticketing Office: Al Sawari Tower C, Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Visa Services: Monday to Thursday (8.30am to 5pm) Friday (8.30am to 4.30pm) Closed on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

Ajman Emirates Ticketing Office Escape Tower, Sheikh Rashid Bin Humaid Street Visa Services: Monday to Saturday (9am to 8pm) Closed on Sunday and public holidays

Al Ain Emirates Ticketing Office Commercial Complex, Sheikh Khalifa Street Visa Services: Monday to Friday (8.30am to 6pm) and Saturday (8.30am to 5.30pm) Closed on Sunday and public holidays

Dubai International: Terminal 3 Arrivals Phone: 04 504 7300 E-mail: [email protected] Visa Services: Monday to Friday (7am to 7pm) and Saturday (9am to 4pm) Closed on Sunday and public holidays

Emirates Ticketing Office: Emirates Group Technology Centre, Ground Floor Entrance B, Al Ittihad Road, near Clock Tower, Deira Visa Services: Monday to Saturday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Closed on Sunday and public holidays

Emirates Ticketing Office: Town Centre, Jumeirah Visa Services: Daily from (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

VFS Global Services GCC VASCO Worldwide 2nd floor, WAFI Mall, Level 2, Falcon Phase 2, Umm Hurair 2, Dubai, UAE

Sharjah Emirates Ticketing Office: Crystal Plaza, Buhaira Corniche Visa Services: Monday to Saturday (9am to 7pm) Closed on Sunday and public holidays

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Dubai: The UAE grants a foreigner a multi-entry or one-entry visa that allows him/her to visit the country for a specific purpose. A visit visa is also called an entry permit, and its purposes include tourism, vising a friend or a relative, a mission, exploring business or job opportunities, treatment, study and training, and transit.

1. 30-, 60-, 90-day visa – single entry

Sponsor: Tourist agency registered in the UAE

One of the most common visa types to apply for is the single entry visit visa, where you have the option to choose the duration as 30, 60 or 90 days.

Required documents

1. A personal photo. 2. A copy of the passport. 3. The identity card of the country of origin for some nationalities.

Conditions you need to fulfil

1. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry into the country. 2. A return ticket. 3. Valid health insurance in the country. This will be applied for by your travel agency.

For this visa, the cost will depend on the duration of your visa, as well as the travel agency’s service charges. 

Security deposit:

There is no guarantee or security amount for this type of visa.

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2. Jobseeker visa – 60, 90 or 120 days

Sponsor: Self-sponsored

According to the UAE government’s official website – u.ae, a foreigner is granted a ‘visit visa to search for new job opportunities’ without requiring a host or sponsor within the country for one trip. You can apply for a job-seeker visa with a validity of either 60, 90 or 120 days.

According to u.ae, to get a visit visa for the purpose of exploring job opportunities, the applicant must fulfil the following conditions:

1. He/she must be either: • in the first, second or third skill level as per the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) professional levels of jobs, or • a graduate from the best 500 universities in the world according to the classification approved by the Ministry of Education and must have graduated within the last 2 years. 2. He/she must hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent. 3. He/she must fulfil the prescribed financial guarantee.

• Coloured passport sized photograph • A copy of the applicant’s passport • Qualification certificate (attested)

60-day jobseeker visa: Request fees – Dh100 Issue fees – Dh200 Security deposits - Dh1,025 E-services fees - Dh28 ICP fees - Dh22 Smart services fee – Dh100 Visa Insurance fee – Dh80  

90-day jobseeker visa: Request fees – Dh100 Issue fees – Dh300 Security deposits - Dh1,025 E-services fees - Dh28 ICP fees - Dh22 Smart services fee – Dh100 Visa Insurance fee – Dh100

120-day jobseeker visa: Request fees - Dh100 Issue fees - Dh400 Security deposits - Dh1,025 E-services fees - Dh28 ICP fees - Dh22 Smart services fee – Dh100 Visa Insurance fee – Dh120  

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3. Multi-entry tourist visa – 30 or 60 days

According to the GDRFA website, “after paying the required fee and providing a financial guarantee, the foreigner is given the right to enter the country for 30 or 60 days to make several trips for tourism. The guarantor or host must be an organisation engaged in the tourism industry.”

Documents required

Here is a cost breakdown as per the GDRFA website: Tourist visa fee for 30 days: Dh300 Tourist visa fee for 60 days: Dh500 You would also need to factor in the cost of additional 5% Value Added Tax (VAT), the travel agency’s service fees as well as the travel insurance cost, which will be applied for by the travel agency. Additional fees (if the sponsored person is inside the country): Knowledge Dirham: Dh10 Innovation Dirham: Dh10 Fee inside the country: Dh500

4. 5-year multiple entry tourist visa

UAE tourists can visit the country on a five-year entry permit that allows them to enter the UAE multiple times a year and stay in the country for up to 180 days without a sponsor.

According to the GDRFA, you can apply the visa is issued for a stay of 30, 60 or 90 days once a year, at the time of application. “This period may be extended for a similar amount of time, as long as the total number of days spent there in a year is at most 180,” the GDRFA website states.

To apply for the multiple entry tourist visa, the applicant must provide the following: • a coloured passport sized photograph • a copy of the passport • medical insurance • bank statement for the last six months with a balance $4,000 (Dh14,692) or its equivalent in foreign currencies • tour programme • a ticket for onward journey.

To obtain this visa, the applicant must have: • a bank balance of $4,000 (Dh14,692) or its equivalent in foreign currencies during the last six months • a valid health insurance policy applicable in the UAE • a ticket to and from the UAE • proof of stay (hotel/residential address) in the UAE.

The cost of the visa will depend on the duration of stay, as per the breakdown provided by GDRFA • 30-day visit visa fee: Dh300 • 60-day visit visa fee: Dh500 • 90-day visitor visa fee: Dh700 • Plus VAT (5%). Financial guarantees: • Guarantee amount: Dh2,000 • Warranty service fee: Dh20 • Fee for collection and return of the guarantee: Dh40 Health insurance: • Securing a 30-day visitor visa: Dh40 • Securing a 60-day visitor visa: Dh60 • Securing a 90-day visitor visa: Dh90 Additional fees (if the sponsored person is inside the country): • Knowledge fee: Dh10 • Innovation fee: Dh10 • Fee inside the country: Dh500

5. Investor visit visa/Visit visa to explore business opportunities

You can also apply for a ‘visit visa to explore investment opportunities’ without requiring a sponsor or a host. You can apply for a single-entry visa with a validity of either 60, 90 or 120 days.

1. A personal photo. 2. A copy of the passport. 3. Evidence of investment.

According to u.ae, to apply for the visit visa to explore investment opportunities, the foreigner must be:

• financially solvent, talent, or a holder of a high qualification • a professional in the prospective business in his home country and • fulfil the prescribed financial guarantee.

60-day visit visa fee: Dh200 90-day visit visa fee: Dh300 120-day visit visa: Dh400 In addition to the Value Added Tax (5%). Financial guarantees: Security amount: Dh1000 Warranty service fee: Dh20 Fee for collection and return of the guarantee: Dh40 Additional fees (if the sponsored person is inside the country): Knowledge dirham: Dh10 Innovation dirham: Dh10 Fee inside the country: Dh500

6. 14-day visit visa for Indian nationals

Indian citizens holding a normal passport are eligible for a 14-day visa on arrival if they meet certain criteria.

A 14-day visa on arrival is available to Indian citizens holding a normal passport and either: • a visit visa issued by the US or, • a green card issued by the US or, • a residence visa issued by the UK or, • a residence visa issued by the EU, … provided that the visa or the green card is valid for at least six months from the date of arrival in the UAE. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry into the UAE.

You can also apply for the visa in advance through the ICP by following these steps .

Cost for online application

Fees to issue visa - Dh100 E-Services fee - Dh28 ICP fees – Dh22 Smart services fee - Dh100

7. Multi-entry visa for a relative or friend

Sponsor: UAE-based resident

UAE residents planning to invite their friends or family to the country can apply for a 90-day single or multiple-entry visit visa through ICP  or GDRFA .

• Recent passport size coloured photograph of the relative or friend. • Proof of kinship (birth or marriage certificate) – this is required in case you are sponsoring your family member’s visit visa. Otherwise, you may need to provide a consanguinity certificate . • A copy of the relative’s or friend’s valid passport. • A copy of your Emirates ID. • Proof of residence for the sponsored. Here you may be able to provide your rental contract or details of the hotel reservation for the relative or friend. • Copy of the return ticket. According to the ICP, you may be asked to provide additional documents, depending on the information entered in the application.

According to experts interviewed by Gulf News, the visit visa for dependents can be extended within the UAE. Click here to read a detailed guide on how you can apply for an extension for this visa.

• Security deposit: Dh1,025. The financial guarantee is refundable if the visa is not approved. • Request fees: Dh100 • Issue fees: Dh300 • E-services fees: Dh28 • ICP fees: Dh22 • Smart services fee: Dh100 Total: Dh1,575

8. Student visit visa – 30, 60 or 180 days

Sponsor: Authorised universities, educational, or research institutions.

According to GDRFA, a foreigner can get this visa for study, training, receiving a qualification, or similar activities.

1. Personal Photo 2. A copy of the passport, valid for a minimum of six months. 3. A letter from the educational institution.

Submitting a letter describing the study or training program and its duration from the host organisation.

30-day visa fee: Dh200 60-day visa fee: Dh300 180-day visa fee: Dh400 In addition to the value-added tax (5%). Financial guarantees: Security amount: Dh1,000 Warranty service fee: Dh20 Fee for collection and return of the guarantee: Dh40 Additional fees (if the sponsored person is inside the country): Knowledge dirham: Dh10 Innovation dirham: Dh10 Fee inside the country: Dh500 Note: The total amount of the visa may vary depending on the circumstances surrounding the sponsored person or for other reasons that may affect the cost.

9. Patient visa/medical visa for single or multiple trips – 90 or 180 days

Sponsor: Recognised medical facilities

Foreign patients can enter the UAE for treatment under the sponsorship of the medical establishment where they would be seeking treatment.

1. Submitting a certified medical report and a letter from the hosting entity stating the reasons for visiting. 2. Fulfillment of the prescribed financial guarantee. 3. If an entry visa is granted to a companion for treatment, the companion must enter the country with the patient. The companion must hold an entry visa similar to the patient’s entry visa (single or multiple trips). The extension of the companion is not made unless the patient’s entry visa is extended. In all cases, the beneficiary must have health insurance and submit the prescribed financial guarantee.

1. A personal photo. 2. A passport copy, valid for at least six months. 3. Medical report.

10. Patient companion visa for single or multi-trips

The patient can also be accompanied by a family member or caregiver, who would need to apply for a ‘patient companion entry permit’. Conditions you need to fulfil:

• Patient’s passport copy • A letter from a registered hospital explaining reasons of visit • Patient’s health insurance • Financial security.

11. Evisa for GCC residents – 30 days

GCC residents and their companions need to apply online for a visa to enter the UAE. The visa is valid for 30 days and is extendable once for 30 days.

• eVisa will be sent to you to your registered email address once your application is approved. • Application for GCC expatriate residents and companions travelling with GCC citizens will not be approved if the sponsor is not travelling along with them. • GCC residents’ entry permit is valid for 30 days from the date of issue and they are allowed to stay for 30 days from the date of entry. The visa is extendable once, for 30 days. • Entry permit for companions travelling with GCC citizens is valid for 60 days from the date of issue and they are allowed to stay for 60 days from the date of entry. The visa is extendable once for 60 days. • Upon arrival, if the GCC residence visa is found to be expired or cancelled, he or she will not be granted entry. • If the profession of the GCC resident is found to be changed after the issuance of his or entry permit, the entry permit holder will not be granted entry. • GCC residency must be valid for at least three months from the arrival date. • The passport of GCC residents must be valid at least three months from the arrival date.

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Dubai is popular for its ultra-modern architecture, vibrant nightlife, uber-luxurious shopping locations, and top-notch tourist spots, If you are planning to visit this magnificent destination, apply a 30 days Single Entry visa effortlessly with us in just two simple steps.

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Here’s how you can apply for your Dubai/UAE Tourist Visa online:

  • Go to the ‘Visa’ section on the MakeMyTrip app, and select ‘United Arab Emirates’.
  • Select your ‘date of entry’ and ‘date of exit’.
  • Select the number of travelers and click on ‘Apply’.
  • Upload a colored copy of the front page of your passport
  • Your passport should be valid for 6 months from your date of entry in Dubai/UAE
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  • Upload your colored passport size photograph taken against a white background
  • Pay your Dubai/UAE visa fees using the mode of payment of your choice.
  • Get your Dubai/UAE visa on e-mail.

You can keep a track of your visa status using MakeMyTrip app.

Note: Please be aware that we need your flight tickets prior to your departure to determine whether “Okay to Board” approval (OTB) is necessary, If its required, we will process Okay to Board at no additional cost.

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After your booking is confirmed, your application will be sent to UAE Immigration for the processing of visa. The processing time is 5 to 8 working days.

You can apply your visa anytime through MakeMyTrip. However, your documents will be forwarded to the Immigration for processing only 30 days prior to your planned date of departure.

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Note: In case your visa is rejected by the UAE Embassy, the Dubai/UAE visa fees will not be refunded.

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You can apply for entry permits through the websites of ICP and GDRFA, through the apps: ICP App and Dubai Now, and typing centres.

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These are the online channels for applying for entry permits:

  • the eChannels portal
  • the website of GDRFA - Dubai
  • ICP App on Google Play and App Store
  • Dubai Now on Google Play and App Store .

For more information, please contact:

  • Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs & Ports Security
  • General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs – Dubai.

Offline visa application can be done through typing centres registered by ICP or typing centres of GDRFA , where visa application is typed and processed through the GDRFA of the respective emirate. Upon approval, the sponsor will receive a message about the approval and the original entry permit.

An entry permit is an initial document in an electronic form that a foreigner receives after being issued a visa, regardless of its type. This document facilitates the foreigner’s entry into the UAE and stay for the duration mentioned, and for the purpose allowed.

  • Federal Law by Decree No. 29 of 2021 Concerning Entry and Residence of Foreigners
  • Cabinet Resolution Issuing the Executive Regulation of Federal Decree Law Concerning the Entry and Residence of Foreigners (available in Arabic only)

Most entry permits are valid for 60 days, after which, the foreigner must either:

  • renew the permit or
  • convert it to residence (dependent visa) or standard work visa or
  • leave the country.

When an  entry permit is issued for a foreigner to finalise his/her residence visa procedures, it is valid for:

  • 2 months for normal visas and green residence visas (whose duration is 1 to 5 years) and
  • 6 months with multiple entries for golden visas.

You can check the validity of your visa and fines on overstaying on the eChannels platform of the ICP or on the website of Dubai GDRFA .

Related links

  • Entry permits at the airports – GDRFA - Dubai
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  • Visa services on smart channels – ICP

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