family members and drivers and servants sponsored
by them are eligible for this visa.
Citizens of UK (with the right
of abode in the United Kingdom), France, Italy,
Germany, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland,
Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal,
Ireland, Greece, Finland, Spain, Monaco, Vatican
City, Iceland, Andorra, San Marino, Liechtenstein,
USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan,
Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and
holders of Hong Kong SAR passports will be
granted a free of charge for One Entry Visit
visa on arrival in the UAE.
The Visit Visa applies to tourists who wish
to spend more than 14 days in Dubai, those
coming for family visits as well as those
on long-term business visits. Hotels can act
as sponsors for visas, provided they’re
given sufficient notice. Visitor visas cost
around AED110 ($30) and are usually valid
for 30 days
The Visit Visa is valid for 60 days and is
renewable for a total stay of up to 90 days.
A fee of Dhs 500 is charged for this renewal.
In order to complete the application, the
sponsor will require the visitor’s date
of arrival and arrival details and a photocopy
of the first few pages of the visitor’s
passport, which must be valid for at least
three months. There is a fee of Dhs 100 for
obtaining a visit visa.
The Visit Visa holder may enter and leave
the country through any port of entry in the
The Tourist Visa entitles its holder to a
30 day stay and is non-renewable. The Tourist
Visa requires the sponsorship of hotels and
tour operators who bring in visitors from
the above listed countries. The fee is Dhs
100. There is also a fee of Dhs 10 for visa
delivery service by DANATA. Hotels, hotel
apartments, tour operators, travel agents
and airlines may not levy supplementary charges
or processing fees in excess of Dhs 50/- for
arranging visas for visitors.
Multiple-entry Visas are availed to business
visitors who have a relationship with either
a multinational or other reputable local establishments,
and who are frequent visitors to the UAE.
This type of visa is valid for six months
from the date of issue and the duration of
each stay is 30 days. The validity is non-renewable.
The cost of this visa is Dh 1,000. The visitor
must enter the UAE on a visit visa and obtain
the multiple entry visa while in the country.
The visa would be stamped on the passport.
Labour Card &
All foreign workers require a residence visa
and ‘labour card’. To obtain these,
you must first undergo a medical examination.
Non-westerners generally require a more extensive
examination than westerners. In due course,
a residence visa is issued and eventually
a labour card, which is a kind of identity
card to be carried at all times, your passport
having been surrendered to your employer.
Residence visas are valid for three years
and are easy to renew. There’s an age
limit of 50 years, but this can occasionally
be overcome, if appropriate reasons are presented.
New residents should remain in the Emirates
for the first six months of their stay.