The UAE is one of the most visited destinations in the world. Be it its record-breaking and record-setting man-made wonders, international exhibitions and conferences, mega-events, or simply career and business opportunities – the UAE region always has something new and extraordinary to offer to the world each time.
Hence, if you haven’t visited the UAE or especially Dubai till now, perhaps it is time to re-evaluate your travel bucket list. So, why not take the first step towards planning your UAE visit by learning about the UAE visit visa?
Fortunately for you, this article contains everything you need to know about the UAE visit visa. To help you understand better, we have organized all information in the form of short FAQs (frequently asked questions).
How many months visit visa does UAE provide?
As of now, the UAE government issues two types of visit visas.
One with a 30-day limit or 1 month and the other with a 60-day limit or 2 months. Until recently, the 60-day visa used to be for 90 days. But since the UAE Government recently introduced a five-year multiple-visit tourist visa, the 90-day visit visa now allows only a 60-day visit to the UAE.
How much does the UAE visit visas cost?
The exact cost of a UAE visit visa can only be confirmed by a UAE-registered tourist agency that you plan to hire for the purpose.
However, here is a quick price range that you can expect to pay for each type of UAE visit visa.
A 30-day UAE visit visa can cost somewhere between AED 340 and AED 380.
For a 60-day UAE visit visa, you can expect to pay somewhere between AED 510 and AED 600.
How long can it take to process your visa application?
On average, the UAE visa issuing authority expects to receive around 2,000 visa applications every day. Hence, depending on the load of applications received, a person can expect to get his/her visa application processed within 5 to 6 working days.
What documents are required to apply for the UAE tourist visa?
No matter which UAE tourist visa type (short-term, long-term, single entry, multiple entries, extendable, non-extendable) you are applying for, here is a list of important documents that you must have when applying.
- Completely filled application form stating everything that you must fill
- Color photographs with white background and size 6 x 6 cm (Photographs should be recent with a DPI of at least 600×600 pixels and the applicant’s face should be clearly visible for the most part of the photograph)
- Color copy of your passport, clearly showing all the important details including your full name, nationality, date of birth, place of birth, passport number, passport issue date, passport expiry date, name of father & mother or legal guardian
- Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months at the time of applying for the UAE tourist visa
- A confirmed ticket for traveling to Abu Dhabi Airport and a return ticket as well to the same destination or an onward ticket to another destination
- In the case of children, in addition to the above documents, the child’s birth certificate translated into English or Arabic and duly attested on the front is also required
- In case of dependents, such as a wife, children below the age of 18, and parents above the age of 60, any supporting documents to prove the relationship with the main applicant/sponsor should also be provided
Can your UAE visit visa application get rejected? And why?
Yes. The UAE visa issuing authority may reject your visit visa application for several reasons including but not limited to the following –
- If the applicant is a female under 25 years of age and traveling alone.
- If the applicant holds a previous criminal record in the UAE or their own country.
Does the UAE Government allow visit visa holders to overstay if their visa has expired?
Yes, if for some reason you aren’t able to leave the UAE or renew your visa on time, the UAE Government does allow you to overstay. However, this overstay or grace period is only allowed for 10 days. During this time, you should either leave the UAE or get a visa extension as soon as possible.
If a tourist can’t leave the UAE or renew their UAE travel visa within this grace period, they may be fined a sum of AED 100 per day during their overstay. Additionally, such tourists may also be charged an exit permit fee on departure.
Remember that the UAE Government besides giving a warm welcome to everyone who visits their country also has some of the strictest immigration and visa rules and regulations. Not abiding by these can result in some serious trouble and damage for a tourist.
End thoughts on UAE visit visa
The UAE Government facilitates obtaining the UAE visa through many channels. You can either get it through any UAE-registered tourist agency, get it on arrival as well, or through airlines such as Etihad Airways, Emirates Airlines, Air Arabia, Fly Dubai, and even licensed hotels in the UAE.
If you aren’t sure about which UAE visa type you should apply for or need any UAE visa-related assistance, you can inbox us or leave a message in the comments section below.