in the UAE are complicated and subject to change. Check with
your local UAE Embassy or travel agent prior to leaving to be
There are several different types of visa
available. The most commonly used are Visit visas, tourist
visas and residency visas for ex-pats.
Visit visa: Citizens of the following countries can get a
30-day visit visa free of charge upon arrival, entitling them
to stay for 60 days. *Correct as of August 2005.
The visa can then be renewed once for another 30 days for
an additional fee of Dh500: Britain, France, Italy, Germany,
the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria,
Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Cyprus,
Finland, Malta, Spain, Monaco, Vatican, Iceland, Andorra,
San Marino, Liechtenstein, United States, Canada, Australia,
New Zealand, Japan, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
For residents of other countries, the visa must be sponsored
by an individual, such as a relative, or an establishment. The
application is submitted by the sponsor with all required documents.
It is issued for Dh100 for two months and is renewable for another
month for a fee of Dh500.
Tourist Visa: It is available for tourists
sponsored by tour operating companies and hotels. It is issued
for 30 days for a fee of Dh100 and an additional Dh10 for
delivery. This is non-renewable.
Special Mission Entry Visa:
This is issued for a non-renewable 14 days for a fee of Dh220
and a delivery charge of Dh10. Commonly known as a transit
visa, it is collected by the visitor upon arrival. It is issued
to businessmen and tourists sponsored by a company or commercial
establishment or a hotel licensed to operate in the UAE.
Mission Visa: The newly added type of visa,
it is issued for the purpose of temporary work in the country.
It is issued for a maximum of 180 days with a combined fee
of Dh1,800. It is issued for three months against a fee of
Dh600 and can be renewed for another three months against
a fee of Dh1,200.
It has been introduced to facilitate Labour Ministry's Temporary
Work Permit. An applicant must obtain the permit from the
Labour Ministry first to get the visa.
Transit Visa: It is issued to travellers
transiting through UAE airports. It issued for 96 hours and
must be sponsored by an airline operating in the UAE. The
visitor must have a valid ticket for onward flight. There
is no charge for this permit.
Multiple Entry Visa: It is an option for
businessmen who are frequent visitors to the UAE and who have
a relationship with a reputable company here.
This multiple visa is valid for six months from the date
of issue and costs Dh1,000. However, each visit must not exceed
30 days. The visitor must enter the UAE on a visit visa and
obtain the multiple entry visa while he is here.
Residence Visa: A residence visa is required
for those who intend to enter the UAE to live indefinitely with
a person who is already a resident. It is issued to the immediate
kin of a resident for three years for a fee of Dh300.
The residence permit becomes invalid if the resident remains
more than six months at a time out of the country.
Parents of residents are issued residence visas after special
approval with a renewable validity of one year for a fee of
Dh100 for each year. A refundable deposit of Dh5,000 has to
be paid for each parent.
Investor Visa: It is issued
to an expatriate investor in partnership with a local. The
foreign investor must hold a minimum stake of Dh70,000 in
the share capital. Like the residence visa, it is issued for
three years for a fee of Dh300.
Employment Visa: Employment Visa or Permit
is issued by the Immigration Department to a foreign national
who wishes to work for a company in the UAE upon the approval
of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.
It allows the holder to enter the UAE once for a period of
30 days and is valid for two months from the date of issue.
When the employee has entered the country on the basis of
the employment visa, the sponsoring company will arrange to
complete the formalities of stamping his residence.