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Do you need a visa for Dubai?

In this article you can find everything whether or not you need a visa to visit Dubai, regardless of your nationality.

Attention! Don't be fooled by some sites that want to sell you a visa unnecessarily! The rules regularly dare to change, so we check them every month at the official UAE site.

Last update: January 17th 2020

Types of visas

You need a visa to travel to Dubai or another Emirate of the United Arab Emirates. There are different types of visas for the United Arab Emirates depending on the purpose of your visit, business, tourist, ..

If you have a passport that is valid for at least another 6 months upon arrival, you do not need an additional visa for most nationalities, you will receive a free "visa on arrival" stamp in your passport on site.

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Visa on arrival

You will receive this free visa on arrival at the airport in Dubai with a stamp in your passport. The conditions are that your nationality belongs to the list of countries for which this is possible.

Tourist visa

If you are traveling to Dubai or another Emirate as a tourist and your country is not eligible for "Visa On Arrival" you need a "Tourist Visa". For more information, we kindly refer you to the official UAE website for Tourist Visa.

Transit Visa

If you have to transfer to another flight in Dubai you can take a Transit Visa that is free for 48 hours and you can extend for 50 AED to 96 hours. This visa is not necessary if you have a Visa On Arrival, so only if your country is not eligible for a Visa On Arrival, for example Turkey or Morocco.

Work visa

If you want to work in Dubai or one of the other Emirates you need a Work Visa, we will not go into this here because this website is about going on vacation and the last thing you want to think about is working. Through this website you can consult all information regarding working in the UAE.

Visa-free entry

Residents of the GCC countries (Gulf Cooperation Council) do not need a visa. These countries are the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar & Oman.

Entry permit visa

This is a visitor visa. Eg you have a friend who lives in the UAE and invites you to come there, this can also be a company, hotel, airline as long as they are located in the United Arab Emirates.

Types of visas

Free visa on arrival - 90 days

Visa on arrival - group 1

Residents of the countries below do not need to arrange a visa in advance to have access to the United Arab Emirates.

Conditions:

  • Residents of these countries can obtain a visa with their regular passport upon arrival that is valid for 90 days from the day of arrival.
  • A passport must be valid for at least 6 months. (a regular ID of the country itself is not valid, children also need a passport)
  • Visa is valid for 90 days in the United Arab Emirates, for these 90 days you have 180 days until the visa expires.
  • This visa cannot be extended.

90 days valid

Free on arrival.
Visa cannot be extended!

Austria
Austria
Barbados
Barbados
Brazil
Brazil
Belgium
Belgium
Bulgaria
Bulgaria
Chile
Chile
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Croatia
Croatia
Cyprus
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Czech Republic
Denmark
Denmark
Estonia
Estonia
Finland
Finland
France
France
Germany
Germany
Greece
Greece
Grenada
Grenada
Hungary
Hungary
Honduras
Honduras
Iceland
Iceland
Italy
Italy
Latvia
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Luxembourg
Malta
Malta
Montenegro
Montenegro
Netherlands
Netherlands
Norway
Norway
Poland
Poland
Portugal
Portugal
Romania
Romania
Seychelles
Seychelles
Slovakia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Slovenia
Spain
Spain
Sweden
Sweden
Switzerland
Switzerland
Ukraine
Ukraine
Uruguay
Uruguay
Free visa on arrival - 90 days

Free visa on arrival - 30 days

Visa on arrival - group 2

Residents of the countries below do not need to arrange a visa in advance to have access to the United Arab Emirates.

Conditions:

  • Residents of these countries can obtain a visa with their regular passport upon arrival that is valid for 30 days from the date of arrival.
  • This type of visa can be extended for 30 days!
  • A passport must be valid for at least 6 months.

30 days valid

Free on arrival.
Visa can be extended for 30 days!

Andorra
Andorra
Australia
Australia
Brunei
Brunei
Canada
Canada
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Ireland
Ireland
Japan
Japan
Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
Malaysia
Malaysia
Monaco
Monaco
New Zealand
New Zealand
China
China
Russia
Russia
San Marino
San Marino
Singapore
Singapore
South Korea
South Korea
Ukraine
Ukraine
UK
UK
USA
USA
Vatican City
Vatican City
Free visa on arrival - 30 days

Tourist visa

If you do not qualify for a free visa on arrival you must arrange a tourist visa in advance.

Whom is a tourist visa for?

Tourist visa can be obtained for eligible individual tourists from around the world. Females below the age of 18 are not eligible to apply for this type of visa unless they are travelling with their parents.

According to a Cabinet resolution passed in July 2018, children under the age of 18 years who are accompanying adults, can get a free visa for their visit from 15 July to 15 September each year.

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