The movement of foreigners in Dubai is tightly controlled, and the issuance of visas and other permits is subject to strict bureaucratic procedures.
Those who have been denied access therefore have little chance to appeal. Fortunately, the average foreign citizen does not need to deal with much bureaucracy.
Most companies, large or small, have a “fixing factor”, whose mission is to delve through the red tape issued by various ministerial departments in order to obtain work and residence visas for foreign workers and their families.
The installer will also act as your guide whenever presence is required.
The documents that you may be asked to enter Dubai include:
- A passport valid for at least three months from the date of entry for tourist purposes, and six months for business travelers (it is useful to have at least three or four copies);
- At least six passport-size photos;
- Marriage certificate (if any);
- Birth certificates for all family members;
- Workers may need a copy of the employment / lease contract – check with your sponsor / employer;
- A clear copy of the sponsor’s passport;
- Travel insurance.
Required documents (for individuals):
- A clear copy of the sponsor’s passport
- A clear copy of the traveler’s passport
- A copy of the salary certificate or the sponsor’s work contract (resident) must be attached.
- Proof of the family relationship (kinship)
- Travel insurance
- A copy of the confirmed flight reservation
- Bank approval letter
- Passport-sized color photos
- Visa fees
- Visa application form, duly filled in
Rules and conditions for traveling to Dubai
- Entry to the DUBAI is subject to immigration approval.
- The ticket is not refundable if the visa is issued and used.
- The processing time for the visa is approximately three to four working days.
- Visa fees, once paid, are not refundable.
While in Dubai, you must carry identification documents, such as a passport or national ID card, entry visas and appropriate residency. Note that it is common for employers to conduct surprise checks on companies in search of workers illegally employed and to lose passports in the possession of the employer.
This does not mean that the countries of the region are repressive regimes: expatriates have no reason to worry about their behavior in a reasonable manner, obeying laws and observing the rules of culture. In fact, you will usually be treated kindly and generously.
Visa requirements to enter Dubai
People of different nationalities must meet different criteria to obtain a valid visa to enter the Dubai. Read on to find out everything about obtaining a visa to travel to Dubai.
Dubai Visa requirements for American citizens
American citizens who hold regular passports do not need a visa to visit the United Arab Emirates. However, please ensure that the following criteria are met:
The original passport signed by the card holder must not expire within six (6) months of the expected arrival time in the United Arab Emirates.
Confirm a round-trip airline ticket or airline ticket to another destination (s).
Visas are available upon arrival at Dubai airports, and US citizens can stay for one month in the DUBAI. However, if you are going to stay longer, you should reach out to the immigration officer at the airport or the local immigration office in the Dubai and apply for it.
Dubai Visa requirements for non-United States citizens
It is imperative that the original passport (not the travel document) does not expire within 6 months of the expected arrival date in Dubai.
Confirm a round-trip airline ticket or airline ticket to another destination.
If you are from of one of the following countries:
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia,
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- Northern Ireland
When you arrive at Dubai Airports, you will be granted visas. This also includes those who hold visas in their passports or entry stamps from other countries and the visa is valid for one month’s stay in the Dubai. However, if you are going to stay longer, you should reach out to the immigration officer at the airport or the local immigration office in the Dubai and apply for it.
Visas are available upon arrival at Dubai airports, and US citizens can stay for one month in the DUBAI. However, if you are going to stay longer, you should reach out to the immigration officer at the airport or the local immigration office in Dubai and apply for it.
Dubai Visa requirements for citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries
Citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council states, that is, the Gulf Cooperation Council, which includes Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, do not need a visa to visit the United Arab Emirates.
Residents of the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council who are not citizens but who work as high-ranking officials such as doctors, managers, engineers or public sector employees with their families can obtain a non-renewable 30-day visa at all DUBAI airports on arrival.
Visa requirements for other nationalities
Tourists of all other nationalities must apply for a visa before entering the country. They can do this through their embassy, local sponsor of the DUBAI, or even a local hotel in the Emirates.
Travelers can obtain a 30-day tourist visa, a 14-day service visa, or even a visitor visa from a hotel or travel company, but they must first make a reservation. They should then transfer a copy of their passport and other documents to the hotel or travel agency with their plan and date of arrival. The hotel or institution concerned will fax a copy of the visa when it is ready.
Individuals or other organizations residing or based in Dubai can apply on your behalf for a visitor visa. Also, a work visa can be obtained on your behalf from your employer or sponsor if you plan to work in the United Arab Emirates.
Airlines and airlines can apply for a 96-hour transit visa on behalf of their crew members. Other Dubai companies may apply to the service visa or visit visa only.
Types of Dubai visas
Tourists who wish to stay in the DUBAI for more than 14 days or who are coming for family or business visits can apply for visitor visas. This is valid for 30 days (short-term visitor visas) or 90 days (long-term visitor visas). Both visas are not renewable. Regardless of the visa fee, a deposit is paid by the local sponsor / relative / resident who is reimbursed after the visitor visa holder leaves the country.
A 90-day long-term visitor visa for individuals is valid for 60 days from the date of issue and is not renewable. Expires after 90 days counting from the day arrived and cannot renewable
A short-term 30-day visitor visa for individuals is valid for 30 days from the date of issue and is not renewable. Valid for 30 days from date of arrival and not renewable
A tourist visa is a special category within the type of visit visa that entitles its owner to a 30-day non-renewable residence permit. If the holder of the tourist visa remains for more than 30 days, this person must pay a fine per day plus some fees to obtain an exit permit.
Multiple entry visas
Multiple entry visas are issued to cruise passengers because their schedule allows them to enter the country more than once on a single trip. These visas are also issued to business visitors who visit the United Arab Emirates frequently because of their relationships with a multinational company or a reputable local company. Multiple entry visas only last for six months counting from the date it was issued and the duration of each stay is 30 days. The visa is not renewable. Individuals must enter Dubai with a visitor visa and then obtain a multiple entry visa.
Transit passengers who stop at DUBAI airports for at least 8 hours are entitled to a transit visa for 96 hours. A valid ticket is required. The passport and other travel documents must be valid for at least three months.