|Citizens of France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Cyprus, Finland, Spain, Monaco, Vatican City, Iceland, Andorra, San Marino, Liechtenstein, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brunei, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong (holders of Hong Kong Certification of Identification may not obtain any type of visa to enter the UAE) and UK Overseas Passport Holders born in China or Hong Kong will be granted a free of charge visit visa on arrival in the UAE. The visa enables them to stay for 30 days. The visa may be renewed once for a period of 30 days. Citizens of the UK (with the right of abode in United Kingdom) are granted a free of charge 30-day visit visa upon arrival in the UAE.
Entry Service PermitAn Entry Service Permit applies to the following categories and their families accompanying them: company managers, representatives, sales managers, accountants, auditors, delegations from companies or establishments to carry out a commercial activity in the UAE, enquirers requested by any of the establishments /companies operating in the UAEassumed to carry out an urgent task. Such visa is also availed to natonalities authorised to obtain a tourist visa, as per the Ministreial Council’s decision. This visa is valid for use within 14 days from the date of issue. The duration of stay is 14 days from date of entry, exclusive of arrival and departure days. It is non-renewable. The Entry Service Permit holder may enter and depart the U.A.E through any airport.
Visit VisasThe 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. It requires the sponsorship of any U.A.E. resident or any company or hotel licensed to operate within the U.A.E. This visa is valid for entry within two months from its date of issue. The Visit Visa is valid for 60 days and is renewable for a total stay of upto 90 days. A fee of Dhs 500 is charged for this renewal. The Visit Visa holder may enter and leave the country through any port of entry in the U.A.E.
The Authority has recently amended visit visa rules. Accordingly a visit visa will be issued for three months for a fee of Dh600. It can be renewed for an additional fee of Dh1,200 for another three months, resulting in a total stay of six months. Earlier, a visit visa cost Dh100 for two months and could be renewed for another month at a cost of Dh500.
The visitor then had to leave the country after 90 days and return under a new visa. Now those who want to stay for more than three months can remain for six months at a total visa cost of Dh1,800. Under the new regulation, the Dh600 must be paid along with the application, and the visa will be issued for three months, regardless of whether the visitor stays for a month or more. However, this rule does not apply to other types of entry visas, including those issued to citizens of 33 countries who receive visit visas for 30 days upon their arrival against a fee of Dh100.
Tourist VisasA special category of visa under the Visit Visa type is a Tourist Visa, which can be obtained for individual tourists from: East and West Europe, Turkey, Bulgaria, Poland, Ukraine, Albania, Russia, the Hellenic Republic, St Kitts-Nevis, St Lucia, Mexico, Cuba, Bermuda, Belize, Guyana, French Guiana, Martinique, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Vincent, Kingston, Palao other non-defined American nationalities, Thailand, South Africa, Singapore, China, Malta, Cyprus. The Tourist Visa entitles its holder to a 30 day stay and is renewable. The Tourist Visa requires the sponsorship of hotels and tour operators who bring in visitors from the above listed countries.
Multiple-Entry VisasMultiple-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 AED1,000. The visitor must enter the UAEon a visit visa and obtain the multiple entry visa while in the country. The visa would be stamped on the passport.
Mission Entry Visa
|Expatriate doctors, engineers, lawyers and technicians are entitled to obtain the newly introduced Mission Entry Visa, according to an Interior Ministry’s decision. The visa will be issued to those who come for temporary jobs with the permission of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. It is issued for three months for a fee of AED600 and can be renewed only once for another three months for an additional fee of Dh1,200, also with the permission of the labour ministry. Visas for 90 days are being
issued to workers who are needed for special projects. Companies are classified according to their size and performance. A quota is specified for each company and they will only be allowed to bring in a certain number of workers on the Mission Entry Visa. Workers brought in must be provided health care and paid sick leave by the company. The grace period for renewal or departure of a visitor on a 90-day visa will be seven days.