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UAE/Dubai tourist visa: Requirements and application procedure

Over 70 nationalities do not require a UAE or Dubai tourist visa to enter the UAE or Dubai. Rest must obtain a prearranged UAE tourist visa through a UAE-based sponsor. 

A UAE tourist visa can only be applied for through a sponsor. Any UAE-based airline, hotel, company, an Emirate national or a UAE resident can sponsor your UAE tourist visa. 

Thankfully, all UAE or Dubai tourist visas are e-visas. You can apply online and receive the e-visa in the email. 

Indian nationals with a valid US visa or a residence permit from the US, UK or EU can get a Visa on Arrival at all international airports. 

UAE TOURIST VISA REQUIREMENTS BY NATIONALITY

UAE tourist visa requirements by nationality

Minimum passport validity to enter UAE as a tourist

The passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the day of arrival

VISA EXEMPT nationalities

Indefinite entry (based on freedom of movement)

  1. Bahrain
  2. Kuwait
  3. Oman
  4. Qatar
  5. Saudi Arabia

UAE/Dubai tourist visa: Requirements and application procedure

Over 70 nationalities do not require a UAE or Dubai tourist visa to enter the UAE or Dubai. Rest must obtain a prearranged UAE tourist visa through a UAE-based sponsor. 

A UAE tourist visa can only be applied for through a sponsor. Any UAE-based airline, hotel, company, an Emirate national or a UAE resident can sponsor your UAE tourist visa. 

Thankfully, all UAE or Dubai tourist visas are e-visas. You can apply online and receive the e-visa in the email. 

Indian nationals with a valid US visa or a residence permit from the US, UK or EU can get a Visa on Arrival at all international airports. 

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UAE TOURIST VISA REQUIREMENTS BY NATIONALITY

Minimum passport validity to enter UAE as a tourist

The passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the day of arrival

VISA EXEMPT nationalities

Indefinite entry (based on freedom of movement)

  1. Bahrain
  2. Kuwait
  3. Oman
  4. Qatar
  5. Saudi Arabia

180-day entry

  1. Mexico

90-day entry (in any 180-day period)

  1. Argentina
  2. Austria
  3. Bahamas
  4. Barbados
  5. Belarus
  6. Belgium
  7. Brazil
  8. Bulgaria
  9. Chile
  10. Costa Rica
  11. Croatia
  12. Cyprus
  13. Czechia
  14. Denmark
  15. El Salvador
  16. Estonia
  17. Finland
  18. France
  19. Germany
  20. Greece
  21. Honduras
  22. Hungary
  23. Iceland
  24. Israel
  25. Italy
  26. Latvia
  27. Liechtenstein
  28. Lituania
  29. Luxembourg
  30. Maldives
  31. Malta
  32. Montenegro
  33. Nauru
  34. Netherlands
  35. Norway
  36. Paraguay
  37. Poland
  38. Portugal
  39. Romania
  40. Russia
  41. Saint Vincent and the grenadines
  42. San Marino
  43. Seychelles
  44. Slovakia
  45. Slovenia
  46. Solomon Islands
  47. South Korea
  48. Spain
  49. Sweden
  50. Switzerland
  51. Uruguay

30-day entry

  1. Andorra
  2. Australia
  3. Brunei
  4. Canada
  5. China
  6. Hong Kong
  7. Ireland
  8. Japan
  9. Kazakhstan
  10. Macau
  11. Malaysia
  12. Mauritius
  13. Monaco
  14. New Zealand
  15. Singapore
  16. Ukraine
  17. United Kingdom
  18. United States
  19. Vatican City

NOTE

UAE immigration refers to VISA-EXEMPT as VISA ON ARRIVAL. But you will not fill any forms, pay any fee or receive any visa sticker or print, so in my opinion, it’s VISA EXEMPTION

UAE/Dubai tourist visa: Requirements and application procedure

Published: May 11, 2022

Over 70 nationalities do not require a UAE or Dubai tourist visa to enter the UAE or Dubai. Rest must obtain a prearranged UAE tourist visa through a UAE-based sponsor. 

A UAE tourist visa can only be applied for through a sponsor. Any UAE-based airline, hotel, company, an Emirate national or a UAE resident can sponsor your UAE tourist visa. 

Thankfully, all UAE or Dubai tourist visas are e-visas. You can apply online and receive the e-visa in the email. 

Indian nationals with a valid US visa or a residence permit from the US, UK or EU can get a Visa on Arrival at all international airports. 

UAE TOURIST VISA REQUIREMENTS BY NATIONALITY

Minimum passport validity to enter UAE as a tourist

The passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the day of arrival

VISA EXEMPT nationalities

Indefinite entry (based on freedom of movement)

  1. Bahrain
  2. Kuwait
  3. Oman
  4. Qatar
  5. Saudi Arabia

180-day entry

  1. Mexico

90-day entry (in any 180-day period)

  1. Argentina
  2. Austria
  3. Bahamas
  4. Barbados
  5. Belarus
  6. Belgium
  7. Brazil
  8. Bulgaria
  9. Chile
  10. Costa Rica
  11. Croatia
  12. Cyprus
  13. Czechia
  14. Denmark
  15. El Salvador
  16. Estonia
  17. Finland
  18. France
  19. Germany
  20. Greece
  21. Honduras
  22. Hungary
  23. Iceland
  24. Israel
  25. Italy
  26. Latvia
  27. Liechtenstein
  28. Lituania
  29. Luxembourg
  30. Maldives
  31. Malta
  32. Montenegro
  33. Nauru
  34. Netherlands
  35. Norway
  36. Paraguay
  37. Poland
  38. Portugal
  39. Romania
  40. Russia
  41. Saint Vincent and the grenadines
  42. San Marino
  43. Seychelles
  44. Slovakia
  45. Slovenia
  46. Solomon Islands
  47. South Korea
  48. Spain
  49. Sweden
  50. Switzerland
  51. Uruguay

30-day entry

  1. Andorra
  2. Australia
  3. Brunei
  4. Canada
  5. China
  6. Hong Kong
  7. Ireland
  8. Japan
  9. Kazakhstan
  10. Macau
  11. Malaysia
  12. Mauritius
  13. Monaco
  14. New Zealand
  15. Singapore
  16. Ukraine
  17. United Kingdom
  18. United States
  19. Vatican City

NOTE
UAE immigration refers to VISA-EXEMPT as VISA ON ARRIVAL. But you will not fill any forms, pay any fee or receive any visa sticker or print, so in my opinion, it’s VISA EXEMPTION. 

VISA ON ARRIVAL eligible nationalities

UAE/Dubai tourist visa: Requirements and application procedure

Over 70 nationalities do not require a UAE or Dubai tourist visa to enter the UAE or Dubai. Rest must obtain a prearranged UAE tourist visa through a UAE-based sponsor. 

A UAE tourist visa can only be applied for through a sponsor. Any UAE-based airline, hotel, company, an Emirate national or a UAE resident can sponsor your UAE tourist visa. 

Thankfully, all UAE or Dubai tourist visas are e-visas. You can apply online and receive the e-visa in the email. 

Indian nationals with a valid US visa or a residence permit from the US, UK or EU can get a Visa on Arrival at all international airports. 

UAE TOURIST VISA REQUIREMENTS BY NATIONALITY

Minimum passport validity to enter UAE as a tourist

The passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the day of arrival

VISA EXEMPT nationalities

Indefinite entry (based on freedom of movement)

  1. Bahrain
  2. Kuwait
  3. Oman
  4. Qatar
  5. Saudi Arabia

180-day entry

  1. Mexico

90-day entry (in any 180-day period)

  1. Argentina
  2. Austria
  3. Bahamas
  4. Barbados
  5. Belarus
  6. Belgium
  7. Brazil
  8. Bulgaria
  9. Chile
  10. Costa Rica
  11. Croatia
  12. Cyprus
  13. Czechia
  14. Denmark
  15. El Salvador
  16. Estonia
  17. Finland
  18. France
  19. Germany
  20. Greece
  21. Honduras
  22. Hungary
  23. Iceland
  24. Israel
  25. Italy
  26. Latvia
  27. Liechtenstein
  28. Lituania
  29. Luxembourg
  30. Maldives
  31. Malta
  32. Montenegro
  33. Nauru
  34. Netherlands
  35. Norway
  36. Paraguay
  37. Poland
  38. Portugal
  39. Romania
  40. Russia
  41. Saint Vincent and the grenadines
  42. San Marino
  43. Seychelles
  44. Slovakia
  45. Slovenia
  46. Solomon Islands
  47. South Korea
  48. Spain
  49. Sweden
  50. Switzerland
  51. Uruguay

30-day entry

  1. Andorra
  2. Australia
  3. Brunei
  4. Canada
  5. China
  6. Hong Kong
  7. Ireland
  8. Japan
  9. Kazakhstan
  10. Macau
  11. Malaysia
  12. Mauritius
  13. Monaco
  14. New Zealand
  15. Singapore
  16. Ukraine
  17. United Kingdom
  18. United States
  19. Vatican City

NOTE
UAE immigration refers to VISA-EXEMPT as VISA ON ARRIVAL. But you will not fill any forms, pay any fee or receive any visa sticker or print, so in my opinion, it’s VISA EXEMPTION. 

VISA ON ARRIVAL eligible nationalities

14-day entry

  1. India*

* Must hold a valid visa from the US or a residence permit from the US, UK or any EU country. 

VISA REQUIRED nationalities

30-day to 90-day entry depending on the visa

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Albania
  3. Algeria
  4. Angola
  5. Antigua and Barbuda
  6. Armenia
  7. Azerbaijan
  8. Bangladesh
  9. Belize
  10. Benin
  11. Bhutan
  12. Bolivia
  13. Bosnia & Herzegovina
  14. Botswana
  15. Burkina Faso
  16. Burundi
  17. Cambodia
  18. Cameroon
  19. Cape Verde
  20. Central African Republic
  21. Chad
  22. Colombia
  23. Comoros
  24. Congo, Dem. Rep.
  25. Congo, Rep.
  26. Cuba
  27. Djibouti
  28. Dominica
  29. Dominican Republic
  30. Ecuador
  31. Egypt
  32. Equatorial Guinea
  33. Eritrea
  34. Eswatini
  35. Ethiopia
  36. Fiji
  37. Gabon
  38. Gambia
  39. Georgia
  40. Ghana
  41. Grenada
  42. Guatemala
  43. Guinea
  44. Guinea-Bissau
  45. Guyana
  46. Haiti
  47. India
  48. Indonesia
  49. Iran
  50. Iraq
  51. Ivory Coast
  52. Jamaica
  53. Jordan
  54. Kenya
  55. Kiribati
  56. Kosovo
  57. Kyrgyzstan
  58. Laos
  59. Lebanon
  60. Lesotho
  61. Liberia
  62. Libya
  63. North Macedonia
  64. Madagascar
  65. Malawi
  66. Mali
  67. Marshall Islands
  68. Mauritania
  69. Micronesia
  70. Moldova
  71. Mongolia
  72. Morocco
  73. Mozambique
  74. Myanmar
  75. Namibia
  76. Nepal
  77. Nicaragua
  78. Niger
  79. Nigeria
  80. Pakistan
  81. Palau
  82. Palestine
  83. Panama
  84. Papua New Guinea
  85. Peru
  86. Philippines
  87. Rwanda
  88. Samoa
  89. Sao Tome and Principe
  90. Senegal
  91. Serbia
  92. Sierra Leone
  93. Somalia
  94. South Africa
  95. South Sudan
  96. Sri Lanka
  97. St Kitts and Nevis
  98. St Lucia
  99. Sudan
  100. Suriname
  101. Syria
  102. Taiwan
  103. Tajikistan
  104. Tanzania
  105. Thailand
  106. Timor-Leste
  107. Togo
  108. Tonga
  109. Trinidad and Tobago
  110. Tunisia
  111. Turkey
  112. Turkmenistan
  113. Tuvalu
  114. Uganda
  115. Uzbekistan
  116. Vanuatu
  117. Venezuela
  118. Vietnam
  119. Yemen
  120. Zambia
  121. Zimbabwe

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UAE VISA EXEMPTION

UAE immigration refers to VISA-EXEMPTION as VISA ON ARRIVAL. But you will not fill out any forms, pay any fee or receive any visa sticker or print. When you arrive at the airport, you will head straight to the immigration and present your passport. You will be stamped and given entry. Therefore, in my opinion, it’s a VISA EXEMPTION and hence we will refer to it as a VISA EXEMPTION. 

UAE/Dubai tourist visa: Requirements and application procedure

Published: May 11, 2022

Over 70 nationalities do not require a UAE or Dubai tourist visa to enter the UAE or Dubai. Rest must obtain a prearranged UAE tourist visa through a UAE-based sponsor. 

A UAE tourist visa can only be applied for through a sponsor. Any UAE-based airline, hotel, company, an Emirate national or a UAE resident can sponsor your UAE tourist visa. 

Thankfully, all UAE or Dubai tourist visas are e-visas. You can apply online and receive the e-visa in the email. 

Indian nationals with a valid US visa or a residence permit from the US, UK or EU can get a Visa on Arrival at all international airports. 

UAE TOURIST VISA REQUIREMENTS BY NATIONALITY

Minimum passport validity to enter UAE as a tourist

The passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the day of arrival

VISA EXEMPT nationalities

Indefinite entry (based on freedom of movement)

  1. Bahrain
  2. Kuwait
  3. Oman
  4. Qatar
  5. Saudi Arabia

180-day entry

  1. Mexico

90-day entry (in any 180-day period)

  1. Argentina
  2. Austria
  3. Bahamas
  4. Barbados
  5. Belarus
  6. Belgium
  7. Brazil
  8. Bulgaria
  9. Chile
  10. Costa Rica
  11. Croatia
  12. Cyprus
  13. Czechia
  14. Denmark
  15. El Salvador
  16. Estonia
  17. Finland
  18. France
  19. Germany
  20. Greece
  21. Honduras
  22. Hungary
  23. Iceland
  24. Israel
  25. Italy
  26. Latvia
  27. Liechtenstein
  28. Lituania
  29. Luxembourg
  30. Maldives
  31. Malta
  32. Montenegro
  33. Nauru
  34. Netherlands
  35. Norway
  36. Paraguay
  37. Poland
  38. Portugal
  39. Romania
  40. Russia
  41. Saint Vincent and the grenadines
  42. San Marino
  43. Seychelles
  44. Slovakia
  45. Slovenia
  46. Solomon Islands
  47. South Korea
  48. Spain
  49. Sweden
  50. Switzerland
  51. Uruguay

30-day entry

  1. Andorra
  2. Australia
  3. Brunei
  4. Canada
  5. China
  6. Hong Kong
  7. Ireland
  8. Japan
  9. Kazakhstan
  10. Macau
  11. Malaysia
  12. Mauritius
  13. Monaco
  14. New Zealand
  15. Singapore
  16. Ukraine
  17. United Kingdom
  18. United States
  19. Vatican City

NOTE
UAE immigration refers to VISA-EXEMPT as VISA ON ARRIVAL. But you will not fill any forms, pay any fee or receive any visa sticker or print, so in my opinion, it’s VISA EXEMPTION. 

VISA ON ARRIVAL eligible nationalities

14-day entry

  1. India*

* Must hold a valid visa from the US or a residence permit from the US, UK or any EU country. 

VISA REQUIRED nationalities

30-day to 90-day entry depending on the visa

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Albania
  3. Algeria
  4. Angola
  5. Antigua and Barbuda
  6. Armenia
  7. Azerbaijan
  8. Bangladesh
  9. Belize
  10. Benin
  11. Bhutan
  12. Bolivia
  13. Bosnia & Herzegovina
  14. Botswana
  15. Burkina Faso
  16. Burundi
  17. Cambodia
  18. Cameroon
  19. Cape Verde
  20. Central African Republic
  21. Chad
  22. Colombia
  23. Comoros
  24. Congo, Dem. Rep.
  25. Congo, Rep.
  26. Cuba
  27. Djibouti
  28. Dominica
  29. Dominican Republic
  30. Ecuador
  31. Egypt
  32. Equatorial Guinea
  33. Eritrea
  34. Eswatini
  35. Ethiopia
  36. Fiji
  37. Gabon
  38. Gambia
  39. Georgia
  40. Ghana
  41. Grenada
  42. Guatemala
  43. Guinea
  44. Guinea-Bissau
  45. Guyana
  46. Haiti
  47. India
  48. Indonesia
  49. Iran
  50. Iraq
  51. Ivory Coast
  52. Jamaica
  53. Jordan
  54. Kenya
  55. Kiribati
  56. Kosovo
  57. Kyrgyzstan
  58. Laos
  59. Lebanon
  60. Lesotho
  61. Liberia
  62. Libya
  63. North Macedonia
  64. Madagascar
  65. Malawi
  66. Mali
  67. Marshall Islands
  68. Mauritania
  69. Micronesia
  70. Moldova
  71. Mongolia
  72. Morocco
  73. Mozambique
  74. Myanmar
  75. Namibia
  76. Nepal
  77. Nicaragua
  78. Niger
  79. Nigeria
  80. Pakistan
  81. Palau
  82. Palestine
  83. Panama
  84. Papua New Guinea
  85. Peru
  86. Philippines
  87. Rwanda
  88. Samoa
  89. Sao Tome and Principe
  90. Senegal
  91. Serbia
  92. Sierra Leone
  93. Somalia
  94. South Africa
  95. South Sudan
  96. Sri Lanka
  97. St Kitts and Nevis
  98. St Lucia
  99. Sudan
  100. Suriname
  101. Syria
  102. Taiwan
  103. Tajikistan
  104. Tanzania
  105. Thailand
  106. Timor-Leste
  107. Togo
  108. Tonga
  109. Trinidad and Tobago
  110. Tunisia
  111. Turkey
  112. Turkmenistan
  113. Tuvalu
  114. Uganda
  115. Uzbekistan
  116. Vanuatu
  117. Venezuela
  118. Vietnam
  119. Yemen
  120. Zambia
  121. Zimbabwe

***

UAE VISA EXEMPTION

UAE immigration refers to VISA-EXEMPTION as VISA ON ARRIVAL. But you will not fill out any forms, pay any fee or receive any visa sticker or print. When you arrive at the airport, you will head straight to the immigration and present your passport. You will be stamped and given entry. Therefore, in my opinion, it’s a VISA EXEMPTION and hence we will refer to it as a VISA EXEMPTION. 

Entry permission

30 to 180 days depending on the nationality. 

Documents to carry

All you need is your passport. 

UAE/Dubai tourist visa: Requirements and application procedure

Over 70 nationalities do not require a UAE or Dubai tourist visa to enter the UAE or Dubai. Rest must obtain a prearranged UAE tourist visa through a UAE-based sponsor. 

A UAE tourist visa can only be applied for through a sponsor. Any UAE-based airline, hotel, company, an Emirate national or a UAE resident can sponsor your UAE tourist visa. 

Thankfully, all UAE or Dubai tourist visas are e-visas. You can apply online and receive the e-visa in the email. 

Indian nationals with a valid US visa or a residence permit from the US, UK or EU can get a Visa on Arrival at all international airports. 

UAE TOURIST VISA REQUIREMENTS BY NATIONALITY

Minimum passport validity to enter UAE as a tourist

The passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the day of arrival

VISA EXEMPT nationalities

Indefinite entry (based on freedom of movement)

  1. Bahrain
  2. Kuwait
  3. Oman
  4. Qatar
  5. Saudi Arabia

180-day entry

  1. Mexico

90-day entry (in any 180-day period)

  1. Argentina
  2. Austria
  3. Bahamas
  4. Barbados
  5. Belarus
  6. Belgium
  7. Brazil
  8. Bulgaria
  9. Chile
  10. Costa Rica
  11. Croatia
  12. Cyprus
  13. Czechia
  14. Denmark
  15. El Salvador
  16. Estonia
  17. Finland
  18. France
  19. Germany
  20. Greece
  21. Honduras
  22. Hungary
  23. Iceland
  24. Israel
  25. Italy
  26. Latvia
  27. Liechtenstein
  28. Lituania
  29. Luxembourg
  30. Maldives
  31. Malta
  32. Montenegro
  33. Nauru
  34. Netherlands
  35. Norway
  36. Paraguay
  37. Poland
  38. Portugal
  39. Romania
  40. Russia
  41. Saint Vincent and the grenadines
  42. San Marino
  43. Seychelles
  44. Slovakia
  45. Slovenia
  46. Solomon Islands
  47. South Korea
  48. Spain
  49. Sweden
  50. Switzerland
  51. Uruguay

30-day entry

  1. Andorra
  2. Australia
  3. Brunei
  4. Canada
  5. China
  6. Hong Kong
  7. Ireland
  8. Japan
  9. Kazakhstan
  10. Macau
  11. Malaysia
  12. Mauritius
  13. Monaco
  14. New Zealand
  15. Singapore
  16. Ukraine
  17. United Kingdom
  18. United States
  19. Vatican City

NOTE
UAE immigration refers to VISA-EXEMPT as VISA ON ARRIVAL. But you will not fill any forms, pay any fee or receive any visa sticker or print, so in my opinion, it’s VISA EXEMPTION. 

VISA ON ARRIVAL eligible nationalities

14-day entry

  1. India*

* Must hold a valid visa from the US or a residence permit from the US, UK or any EU country. 

VISA REQUIRED nationalities

30-day to 90-day entry depending on the visa

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Albania
  3. Algeria
  4. Angola
  5. Antigua and Barbuda
  6. Armenia
  7. Azerbaijan
  8. Bangladesh
  9. Belize
  10. Benin
  11. Bhutan
  12. Bolivia
  13. Bosnia & Herzegovina
  14. Botswana
  15. Burkina Faso
  16. Burundi
  17. Cambodia
  18. Cameroon
  19. Cape Verde
  20. Central African Republic
  21. Chad
  22. Colombia
  23. Comoros
  24. Congo, Dem. Rep.
  25. Congo, Rep.
  26. Cuba
  27. Djibouti
  28. Dominica
  29. Dominican Republic
  30. Ecuador
  31. Egypt
  32. Equatorial Guinea
  33. Eritrea
  34. Eswatini
  35. Ethiopia
  36. Fiji
  37. Gabon
  38. Gambia
  39. Georgia
  40. Ghana
  41. Grenada
  42. Guatemala
  43. Guinea
  44. Guinea-Bissau
  45. Guyana
  46. Haiti
  47. India
  48. Indonesia
  49. Iran
  50. Iraq
  51. Ivory Coast
  52. Jamaica
  53. Jordan
  54. Kenya
  55. Kiribati
  56. Kosovo
  57. Kyrgyzstan
  58. Laos
  59. Lebanon
  60. Lesotho
  61. Liberia
  62. Libya
  63. North Macedonia
  64. Madagascar
  65. Malawi
  66. Mali
  67. Marshall Islands
  68. Mauritania
  69. Micronesia
  70. Moldova
  71. Mongolia
  72. Morocco
  73. Mozambique
  74. Myanmar
  75. Namibia
  76. Nepal
  77. Nicaragua
  78. Niger
  79. Nigeria
  80. Pakistan
  81. Palau
  82. Palestine
  83. Panama
  84. Papua New Guinea
  85. Peru
  86. Philippines
  87. Rwanda
  88. Samoa
  89. Sao Tome and Principe
  90. Senegal
  91. Serbia
  92. Sierra Leone
  93. Somalia
  94. South Africa
  95. South Sudan
  96. Sri Lanka
  97. St Kitts and Nevis
  98. St Lucia
  99. Sudan
  100. Suriname
  101. Syria
  102. Taiwan
  103. Tajikistan
  104. Tanzania
  105. Thailand
  106. Timor-Leste
  107. Togo
  108. Tonga
  109. Trinidad and Tobago
  110. Tunisia
  111. Turkey
  112. Turkmenistan
  113. Tuvalu
  114. Uganda
  115. Uzbekistan
  116. Vanuatu
  117. Venezuela
  118. Vietnam
  119. Yemen
  120. Zambia
  121. Zimbabwe

***

UAE VISA EXEMPTION

UAE immigration refers to VISA-EXEMPTION as VISA ON ARRIVAL. But you will not fill out any forms, pay any fee or receive any visa sticker or print. When you arrive at the airport, you will head straight to the immigration and present your passport. You will be stamped and given entry. Therefore, in my opinion, it’s a VISA EXEMPTION and hence we will refer to it as a VISA EXEMPTION. 

Entry permission

30 to 180 days depending on the nationality. 

Documents to carry

All you need is your passport. https://c878458aae6606228e4def9dfe2824a4.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

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UAE or DUBAI VISA ON ARRIVAL

UAE Visa on Arrival is available for Indian passport holders with a valid visa from the US or a residence permit from the US, UK or any EU country.  

Who is eligible for UAE Visa on Arrival

Only INDIAN passport holders with a valid US visa, US green card or residence permit from the UK or any EU country are eligible to obtain UAE Visa on Arrival. 

Validity of UAE Visa on Arrival

UAE Visa on Arrival is valid for 14-days. It’s possible to extend it once for another 14-days.

How long can you stay in UAE with Visa on Arrival

You can stay up to 14-days in the UAE with your Visa on Arrival. You can extend your visa for another 14-days at any AMER center in UAE. In that case, you can stay a total of 28 days in the UAE. 

Documents required

You need the following documentation to obtain a UAE Visa on Arrival.

  • Original passport
  • Your boarding pass
  • A credit/debit card to pay the fee (you can also pay in cash in AED or USD in Dubai or Sharjah airports)
  • Completed application form (only needed in Sharjah airport and they will provide you with one)

UAE/Dubai tourist visa: Requirements and application procedure

Over 70 nationalities do not require a UAE or Dubai tourist visa to enter the UAE or Dubai. Rest must obtain a prearranged UAE tourist visa through a UAE-based sponsor. A UAE tourist visa can only be applied for through a sponsor. Any UAE-based airline, hotel, company, an Emirate national or a UAE resident can sponsor your UAE tourist visa. 

Thankfully, all UAE or Dubai tourist visas are e-visas. You can apply online and receive the e-visa in the email. 

Indian nationals with a valid US visa or a residence permit from the US, UK or EU can get a Visa on Arrival at all international airports. 

UAE TOURIST VISA REQUIREMENTS BY NATIONALITY

Minimum passport validity to enter UAE as a tourist

The passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the day of arrival

VISA EXEMPT nationalities

Indefinite entry (based on freedom of movement)

  1. Bahrain
  2. Kuwait
  3. Oman
  4. Qatar
  5. Saudi Arabia

180-day entry

  1. Mexico

90-day entry (in any 180-day period)

  1. Argentina
  2. Austria
  3. Bahamas
  4. Barbados
  5. Belarus
  6. Belgium
  7. Brazil
  8. Bulgaria
  9. Chile
  10. Costa Rica
  11. Croatia
  12. Cyprus
  13. Czechia
  14. Denmark
  15. El Salvador
  16. Estonia
  17. Finland
  18. France
  19. Germany
  20. Greece
  21. Honduras
  22. Hungary
  23. Iceland
  24. Israel
  25. Italy
  26. Latvia
  27. Liechtenstein
  28. Lituania
  29. Luxembourg
  30. Maldives
  31. Malta
  32. Montenegro
  33. Nauru
  34. Netherlands
  35. Norway
  36. Paraguay
  37. Poland
  38. Portugal
  39. Romania
  40. Russia
  41. Saint Vincent and the grenadines
  42. San Marino
  43. Seychelles
  44. Slovakia
  45. Slovenia
  46. Solomon Islands
  47. South Korea
  48. Spain
  49. Sweden
  50. Switzerland
  51. Uruguay

30-day entry

  1. Andorra
  2. Australia
  3. Brunei
  4. Canada
  5. China
  6. Hong Kong
  7. Ireland
  8. Japan
  9. Kazakhstan
  10. Macau
  11. Malaysia
  12. Mauritius
  13. Monaco
  14. New Zealand
  15. Singapore
  16. Ukraine
  17. United Kingdom
  18. United States
  19. Vatican City

NOTE
UAE immigration refers to VISA-EXEMPT as VISA ON ARRIVAL. But you will not fill any forms, pay any fee or receive any visa sticker or print, so in my opinion, it’s VISA EXEMPTION. 

VISA ON ARRIVAL eligible nationalities

14-day entry

  1. India*

* Must hold a valid visa from the US or a residence permit from the US, UK or any EU country. 

VISA REQUIRED nationalities

30-day to 90-day entry depending on the visa

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Albania
  3. Algeria
  4. Angola
  5. Antigua and Barbuda
  6. Armenia
  7. Azerbaijan
  8. Bangladesh
  9. Belize
  10. Benin
  11. Bhutan
  12. Bolivia
  13. Bosnia & Herzegovina
  14. Botswana
  15. Burkina Faso
  16. Burundi
  17. Cambodia
  18. Cameroon
  19. Cape Verde
  20. Central African Republic
  21. Chad
  22. Colombia
  23. Comoros
  24. Congo, Dem. Rep.
  25. Congo, Rep.
  26. Cuba
  27. Djibouti
  28. Dominica
  29. Dominican Republic
  30. Ecuador
  31. Egypt
  32. Equatorial Guinea
  33. Eritrea
  34. Eswatini
  35. Ethiopia
  36. Fiji
  37. Gabon
  38. Gambia
  39. Georgia
  40. Ghana
  41. Grenada
  42. Guatemala
  43. Guinea
  44. Guinea-Bissau
  45. Guyana
  46. Haiti
  47. India
  48. Indonesia
  49. Iran
  50. Iraq
  51. Ivory Coast
  52. Jamaica
  53. Jordan
  54. Kenya
  55. Kiribati
  56. Kosovo
  57. Kyrgyzstan
  58. Laos
  59. Lebanon
  60. Lesotho
  61. Liberia
  62. Libya
  63. North Macedonia
  64. Madagascar
  65. Malawi
  66. Mali
  67. Marshall Islands
  68. Mauritania
  69. Micronesia
  70. Moldova
  71. Mongolia
  72. Morocco
  73. Mozambique
  74. Myanmar
  75. Namibia
  76. Nepal
  77. Nicaragua
  78. Niger
  79. Nigeria
  80. Pakistan
  81. Palau
  82. Palestine
  83. Panama
  84. Papua New Guinea
  85. Peru
  86. Philippines
  87. Rwanda
  88. Samoa
  89. Sao Tome and Principe
  90. Senegal
  91. Serbia
  92. Sierra Leone
  93. Somalia
  94. South Africa
  95. South Sudan
  96. Sri Lanka
  97. St Kitts and Nevis
  98. St Lucia
  99. Sudan
  100. Suriname
  101. Syria
  102. Taiwan
  103. Tajikistan
  104. Tanzania
  105. Thailand
  106. Timor-Leste
  107. Togo
  108. Tonga
  109. Trinidad and Tobago
  110. Tunisia
  111. Turkey
  112. Turkmenistan
  113. Tuvalu
  114. Uganda
  115. Uzbekistan
  116. Vanuatu
  117. Venezuela
  118. Vietnam
  119. Yemen
  120. Zambia
  121. Zimbabwe

***

UAE VISA EXEMPTION

UAE immigration refers to VISA-EXEMPTION as VISA ON ARRIVAL. But you will not fill out any forms, pay any fee or receive any visa sticker or print. When you arrive at the airport, you will head straight to the immigration and present your passport. You will be stamped and given entry. Therefore, in my opinion, it’s a VISA EXEMPTION and hence we will refer to it as a VISA EXEMPTION. 

Entry permission

30 to 180 days depending on the nationality. 

Documents to carry

All you need is your passport.

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UAE or DUBAI VISA ON ARRIVAL

UAE Visa on Arrival is available for Indian passport holders with a valid visa from the US or a residence permit from the US, UK or any EU country.  

Who is eligible for UAE Visa on Arrival

Only INDIAN passport holders with a valid US visa, US green card or residence permit from the UK or any EU country are eligible to obtain UAE Visa on Arrival. 

Validity of UAE Visa on Arrival

UAE Visa on Arrival is valid for 14-days. It’s possible to extend it once for another 14-days.

How long can you stay in UAE with Visa on Arrival

You can stay up to 14-days in the UAE with your Visa on Arrival. You can extend your visa for another 14-days at any AMER center in UAE. In that case, you can stay a total of 28 days in the UAE. 

Documents required

You need the following documentation to obtain a UAE Visa on Arrival.

  • Original passport
  • Your boarding pass
  • A credit/debit card to pay the fee (you can also pay in cash in AED or USD in Dubai or Sharjah airports)
  • Completed application form (only needed in Sharjah airport and they will provide you with one)

Visa fee

Visa on Arrival fee varies from 105-140 AED depending on the airport. 

UAE/Dubai tourist visa: Requirements and application procedure

Over 70 nationalities do not require a UAE or Dubai tourist visa to enter the UAE or Dubai. Rest must obtain a prearranged UAE tourist visa through a UAE-based sponsor. 

A UAE tourist visa can only be applied for through a sponsor. Any UAE-based airline, hotel, company, an Emirate national or a UAE resident can sponsor your UAE tourist visa. 

Thankfully, all UAE or Dubai tourist visas are e-visas. You can apply online and receive the e-visa in the email. 

Indian nationals with a valid US visa or a residence permit from the US, UK or EU can get a Visa on Arrival at all international airports. 

UAE TOURIST VISA REQUIREMENTS BY NATIONALITY

Minimum passport validity to enter UAE as a tourist

The passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the day of arrival

VISA EXEMPT nationalities

Indefinite entry (based on freedom of movement)

  1. Bahrain
  2. Kuwait
  3. Oman
  4. Qatar
  5. Saudi Arabia

180-day entry

  1. Mexico

90-day entry (in any 180-day period)

  1. Argentina
  2. Austria
  3. Bahamas
  4. Barbados
  5. Belarus
  6. Belgium
  7. Brazil
  8. Bulgaria
  9. Chile
  10. Costa Rica
  11. Croatia
  12. Cyprus
  13. Czechia
  14. Denmark
  15. El Salvador
  16. Estonia
  17. Finland
  18. France
  19. Germany
  20. Greece
  21. Honduras
  22. Hungary
  23. Iceland
  24. Israel
  25. Italy
  26. Latvia
  27. Liechtenstein
  28. Lituania
  29. Luxembourg
  30. Maldives
  31. Malta
  32. Montenegro
  33. Nauru
  34. Netherlands
  35. Norway
  36. Paraguay
  37. Poland
  38. Portugal
  39. Romania
  40. Russia
  41. Saint Vincent and the grenadines
  42. San Marino
  43. Seychelles
  44. Slovakia
  45. Slovenia
  46. Solomon Islands
  47. South Korea
  48. Spain
  49. Sweden
  50. Switzerland
  51. Uruguay

30-day entry

  1. Andorra
  2. Australia
  3. Brunei
  4. Canada
  5. China
  6. Hong Kong
  7. Ireland
  8. Japan
  9. Kazakhstan
  10. Macau
  11. Malaysia
  12. Mauritius
  13. Monaco
  14. New Zealand
  15. Singapore
  16. Ukraine
  17. United Kingdom
  18. United States
  19. Vatican City

NOTE
UAE immigration refers to VISA-EXEMPT as VISA ON ARRIVAL. But you will not fill any forms, pay any fee or receive any visa sticker or print, so in my opinion, it’s VISA EXEMPTION. 

VISA ON ARRIVAL eligible nationalities

14-day entry

  1. India*

* Must hold a valid visa from the US or a residence permit from the US, UK or any EU country. 

VISA REQUIRED nationalities

30-day to 90-day entry depending on the visa

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Albania
  3. Algeria
  4. Angola
  5. Antigua and Barbuda
  6. Armenia
  7. Azerbaijan
  8. Bangladesh
  9. Belize
  10. Benin
  11. Bhutan
  12. Bolivia
  13. Bosnia & Herzegovina
  14. Botswana
  15. Burkina Faso
  16. Burundi
  17. Cambodia
  18. Cameroon
  19. Cape Verde
  20. Central African Republic
  21. Chad
  22. Colombia
  23. Comoros
  24. Congo, Dem. Rep.
  25. Congo, Rep.
  26. Cuba
  27. Djibouti
  28. Dominica
  29. Dominican Republic
  30. Ecuador
  31. Egypt
  32. Equatorial Guinea
  33. Eritrea
  34. Eswatini
  35. Ethiopia
  36. Fiji
  37. Gabon
  38. Gambia
  39. Georgia
  40. Ghana
  41. Grenada
  42. Guatemala
  43. Guinea
  44. Guinea-Bissau
  45. Guyana
  46. Haiti
  47. India
  48. Indonesia
  49. Iran
  50. Iraq
  51. Ivory Coast
  52. Jamaica
  53. Jordan
  54. Kenya
  55. Kiribati
  56. Kosovo
  57. Kyrgyzstan
  58. Laos
  59. Lebanon
  60. Lesotho
  61. Liberia
  62. Libya
  63. North Macedonia
  64. Madagascar
  65. Malawi
  66. Mali
  67. Marshall Islands
  68. Mauritania
  69. Micronesia
  70. Moldova
  71. Mongolia
  72. Morocco
  73. Mozambique
  74. Myanmar
  75. Namibia
  76. Nepal
  77. Nicaragua
  78. Niger
  79. Nigeria
  80. Pakistan
  81. Palau
  82. Palestine
  83. Panama
  84. Papua New Guinea
  85. Peru
  86. Philippines
  87. Rwanda
  88. Samoa
  89. Sao Tome and Principe
  90. Senegal
  91. Serbia
  92. Sierra Leone
  93. Somalia
  94. South Africa
  95. South Sudan
  96. Sri Lanka
  97. St Kitts and Nevis
  98. St Lucia
  99. Sudan
  100. Suriname
  101. Syria
  102. Taiwan
  103. Tajikistan
  104. Tanzania
  105. Thailand
  106. Timor-Leste
  107. Togo
  108. Tonga
  109. Trinidad and Tobago
  110. Tunisia
  111. Turkey
  112. Turkmenistan
  113. Tuvalu
  114. Uganda
  115. Uzbekistan
  116. Vanuatu
  117. Venezuela
  118. Vietnam
  119. Yemen
  120. Zambia
  121. Zimbabwe

***

UAE VISA EXEMPTION

UAE immigration refers to VISA-EXEMPTION as VISA ON ARRIVAL. But you will not fill out any forms, pay any fee or receive any visa sticker or print. When you arrive at the airport, you will head straight to the immigration and present your passport. You will be stamped and given entry. Therefore, in my opinion, it’s a VISA EXEMPTION and hence we will refer to it as a VISA EXEMPTION. 

Entry permission

30 to 180 days depending on the nationality. 

Documents to carry

All you need is your passport. h

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UAE or DUBAI VISA ON ARRIVAL

UAE Visa on Arrival is available for Indian passport holders with a valid visa from the US or a residence permit from the US, UK or any EU country.  

Who is eligible for UAE Visa on Arrival

Only INDIAN passport holders with a valid US visa, US green card or residence permit from the UK or any EU country are eligible to obtain UAE Visa on Arrival. 

Validity of UAE Visa on Arrival

UAE Visa on Arrival is valid for 14-days. It’s possible to extend it once for another 14-days.

How long can you stay in UAE with Visa on Arrival

You can stay up to 14-days in the UAE with your Visa on Arrival. You can extend your visa for another 14-days at any AMER center in UAE. In that case, you can stay a total of 28 days in the UAE. 

Documents required

You need the following documentation to obtain a UAE Visa on Arrival.

  • Original passport
  • Your boarding pass
  • A credit/debit card to pay the fee (you can also pay in cash in AED or USD in Dubai or Sharjah airports)
  • Completed application form (only needed in Sharjah airport and they will provide you with one)

Visa fee

Visa on Arrival fee varies from 105-140 AED depending on the airport. 

Processing time

Since it’s only Indian passport holders with a US visa, US green card or a residence permit from the UK or EU country, usually there will not be many in the line. So the Visa on Arrival process wouldn’t take more than a few minutes. 

Obtaining Visa on Arrival at the airports in UAE

UAE Visa on Arrival for Indian passport holders is outsourced to certain travel agencies. 

If arriving at Sharjah airport, you must stop by the Sharjah Airport Travel Agency (SATA) desk to fill out the form, get your documents verified and pay the visa fee. 

If arriving at Dubai airport, you must stop by the Marhaba Services desk to get your documents verified and pay the visa fee. 

If arriving at Abu Dhabi airport, you must head straight to the immigration check. The immigration officer will verify your passport, visa/residence permit and accept the visa fee payment.

A UAE or Dubai tourist visa can only be applied through a UAE-based sponsor or an authorized agent. A sponsor can be a UAE-based airline, UAE-based hotel, UAE national or resident, UAE-based company or government entity or a UAE-based tour operator. 

The sponsor is responsible for your actions in the UAE. If you overstay your visa, the sponsor is held responsible and will face consequences by the government of UAE. 

Why do you need a sponsor for a UAE tourist visa?

A UAE-based sponsor is mandatory for all UAE tourist visas. Your sponsor is responsible for all your actions while you are in the UAE. They must make sure you leave the country in time without overstaying your visa. If you don’t know anyone personally in the UAE, you can use either your airline, hotel or tour agent for your visa processing. 

It’s silly to still use sponsors in this day and age. The sponsor model is an old model and many countries are moving away from such ways of visa processing. But countries such as UAE, Singapore, etc. are still stuck with this visa model. 

Which sponsor or agent should you use for your UAE tourist visa?

If you don’t have a sponsor, you can use a UAE authorized agent to apply for your UAE tourist visa. There are a bazillion agents these days processing UAE tourist visas, including VFS Global. 

Thanks to the internet, you can apply for a UAE tourist visa through an agent completely online in the comfort of your home. All you need is a scanned copy of your Passport ID page and a digital passport size photo.

The fee, documentation and processing time vary by agent. Local agents in your country are usually cheaper but you must do your due diligence on their authenticity, hidden charges and processing time before applying through them.

Which agent do I recommend for a UAE visit visa?

My preferred agent for UAE or Dubai tourist visas is Etihad Airways. I usually prefer a reputed international agent, so I went with Etihad Airways. They only act as an agent for your visa and you don’t have to fly with Etihad Airways. You can fly with any budget airline and travel to/from any international airport in the UAE. 

What types of UAE tourist visas are available?

Below are some of the different types of tourist visas available. 

  • 30-day single-entry tourist visa
  • 90-day single-entry tourist visa
  • 30-day multiple-entry tourist visa
  • 90-day multiple-entry tourist visa
  • Long-term tourist visa

UAE/Dubai tourist visa: Requirements and application procedure

Published: May 11, 2022

Over 70 nationalities do not require a UAE or Dubai tourist visa to enter the UAE or Dubai. Rest must obtain a prearranged UAE tourist visa through a UAE-based sponsor. 

A UAE tourist visa can only be applied for through a sponsor. Any UAE-based airline, hotel, company, an Emirate national or a UAE resident can sponsor your UAE tourist visa. 

Thankfully, all UAE or Dubai tourist visas are e-visas. You can apply online and receive the e-visa in the email. 

Indian nationals with a valid US visa or a residence permit from the US, UK or EU can get a Visa on Arrival at all international airports. 

UAE TOURIST VISA REQUIREMENTS BY NATIONALITY

Minimum passport validity to enter UAE as a tourist

The passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the day of arrival

VISA EXEMPT nationalities

Indefinite entry (based on freedom of movement)

  1. Bahrain
  2. Kuwait
  3. Oman
  4. Qatar
  5. Saudi Arabia

180-day entry

  1. Mexico

90-day entry (in any 180-day period)

  1. Argentina
  2. Austria
  3. Bahamas
  4. Barbados
  5. Belarus
  6. Belgium
  7. Brazil
  8. Bulgaria
  9. Chile
  10. Costa Rica
  11. Croatia
  12. Cyprus
  13. Czechia
  14. Denmark
  15. El Salvador
  16. Estonia
  17. Finland
  18. France
  19. Germany
  20. Greece
  21. Honduras
  22. Hungary
  23. Iceland
  24. Israel
  25. Italy
  26. Latvia
  27. Liechtenstein
  28. Lituania
  29. Luxembourg
  30. Maldives
  31. Malta
  32. Montenegro
  33. Nauru
  34. Netherlands
  35. Norway
  36. Paraguay
  37. Poland
  38. Portugal
  39. Romania
  40. Russia
  41. Saint Vincent and the grenadines
  42. San Marino
  43. Seychelles
  44. Slovakia
  45. Slovenia
  46. Solomon Islands
  47. South Korea
  48. Spain
  49. Sweden
  50. Switzerland
  51. Uruguay

30-day entry

  1. Andorra
  2. Australia
  3. Brunei
  4. Canada
  5. China
  6. Hong Kong
  7. Ireland
  8. Japan
  9. Kazakhstan
  10. Macau
  11. Malaysia
  12. Mauritius
  13. Monaco
  14. New Zealand
  15. Singapore
  16. Ukraine
  17. United Kingdom
  18. United States
  19. Vatican City

NOTE
UAE immigration refers to VISA-EXEMPT as VISA ON ARRIVAL. But you will not fill any forms, pay any fee or receive any visa sticker or print, so in my opinion, it’s VISA EXEMPTION. 

VISA ON ARRIVAL eligible nationalities

14-day entry

  1. India*

* Must hold a valid visa from the US or a residence permit from the US, UK or any EU country. 

VISA REQUIRED nationalities

30-day to 90-day entry depending on the visa

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Albania
  3. Algeria
  4. Angola
  5. Antigua and Barbuda
  6. Armenia
  7. Azerbaijan
  8. Bangladesh
  9. Belize
  10. Benin
  11. Bhutan
  12. Bolivia
  13. Bosnia & Herzegovina
  14. Botswana
  15. Burkina Faso
  16. Burundi
  17. Cambodia
  18. Cameroon
  19. Cape Verde
  20. Central African Republic
  21. Chad
  22. Colombia
  23. Comoros
  24. Congo, Dem. Rep.
  25. Congo, Rep.
  26. Cuba
  27. Djibouti
  28. Dominica
  29. Dominican Republic
  30. Ecuador
  31. Egypt
  32. Equatorial Guinea
  33. Eritrea
  34. Eswatini
  35. Ethiopia
  36. Fiji
  37. Gabon
  38. Gambia
  39. Georgia
  40. Ghana
  41. Grenada
  42. Guatemala
  43. Guinea
  44. Guinea-Bissau
  45. Guyana
  46. Haiti
  47. India
  48. Indonesia
  49. Iran
  50. Iraq
  51. Ivory Coast
  52. Jamaica
  53. Jordan
  54. Kenya
  55. Kiribati
  56. Kosovo
  57. Kyrgyzstan
  58. Laos
  59. Lebanon
  60. Lesotho
  61. Liberia
  62. Libya
  63. North Macedonia
  64. Madagascar
  65. Malawi
  66. Mali
  67. Marshall Islands
  68. Mauritania
  69. Micronesia
  70. Moldova
  71. Mongolia
  72. Morocco
  73. Mozambique
  74. Myanmar
  75. Namibia
  76. Nepal
  77. Nicaragua
  78. Niger
  79. Nigeria
  80. Pakistan
  81. Palau
  82. Palestine
  83. Panama
  84. Papua New Guinea
  85. Peru
  86. Philippines
  87. Rwanda
  88. Samoa
  89. Sao Tome and Principe
  90. Senegal
  91. Serbia
  92. Sierra Leone
  93. Somalia
  94. South Africa
  95. South Sudan
  96. Sri Lanka
  97. St Kitts and Nevis
  98. St Lucia
  99. Sudan
  100. Suriname
  101. Syria
  102. Taiwan
  103. Tajikistan
  104. Tanzania
  105. Thailand
  106. Timor-Leste
  107. Togo
  108. Tonga
  109. Trinidad and Tobago
  110. Tunisia
  111. Turkey
  112. Turkmenistan
  113. Tuvalu
  114. Uganda
  115. Uzbekistan
  116. Vanuatu
  117. Venezuela
  118. Vietnam
  119. Yemen
  120. Zambia
  121. Zimbabwe

***

UAE VISA EXEMPTION

UAE immigration refers to VISA-EXEMPTION as VISA ON ARRIVAL. But you will not fill out any forms, pay any fee or receive any visa sticker or print. When you arrive at the airport, you will head straight to the immigration and present your passport. You will be stamped and given entry. Therefore, in my opinion, it’s a VISA EXEMPTION and hence we will refer to it as a VISA EXEMPTION. 

Entry permission

30 to 180 days depending on the nationality. 

Documents to carry

All you need is your passport. 

***

UAE or DUBAI VISA ON ARRIVAL

UAE Visa on Arrival is available for Indian passport holders with a valid visa from the US or a residence permit from the US, UK or any EU country.  

Who is eligible for UAE Visa on Arrival

Only INDIAN passport holders with a valid US visa, US green card or residence permit from the UK or any EU country are eligible to obtain UAE Visa on Arrival. 

Validity of UAE Visa on Arrival

UAE Visa on Arrival is valid for 14-days. It’s possible to extend it once for another 14-days.

How long can you stay in UAE with Visa on Arrival

You can stay up to 14-days in the UAE with your Visa on Arrival. You can extend your visa for another 14-days at any AMER center in UAE. In that case, you can stay a total of 28 days in the UAE. 

Documents required

You need the following documentation to obtain a UAE Visa on Arrival.

  • Original passport
  • Your boarding pass
  • A credit/debit card to pay the fee (you can also pay in cash in AED or USD in Dubai or Sharjah airports)
  • Completed application form (only needed in Sharjah airport and they will provide you with one)

Visa fee

Visa on Arrival fee varies from 105-140 AED depending on the airport. 

Processing time

Since it’s only Indian passport holders with a US visa, US green card or a residence permit from the UK or EU country, usually there will not be many in the line. So the Visa on Arrival process wouldn’t take more than a few minutes. 

Obtaining Visa on Arrival at the airports in UAE

UAE Visa on Arrival for Indian passport holders is outsourced to certain travel agencies. 

If arriving at Sharjah airport, you must stop by the Sharjah Airport Travel Agency (SATA) desk to fill out the form, get your documents verified and pay the visa fee. 

If arriving at Dubai airport, you must stop by the Marhaba Services desk to get your documents verified and pay the visa fee. 

If arriving at Abu Dhabi airport, you must head straight to the immigration check. The immigration officer will verify your passport, visa/residence permit and accept the visa fee payment. 

***

UAE or DUBAI TOURIST VISA

A UAE or Dubai tourist visa can only be applied through a UAE-based sponsor or an authorized agent. A sponsor can be a UAE-based airline, UAE-based hotel, UAE national or resident, UAE-based company or government entity or a UAE-based tour operator. 

The sponsor is responsible for your actions in the UAE. If you overstay your visa, the sponsor is held responsible and will face consequences by the government of UAE. 

Why do you need a sponsor for a UAE tourist visa?

A UAE-based sponsor is mandatory for all UAE tourist visas. Your sponsor is responsible for all your actions while you are in the UAE. They must make sure you leave the country in time without overstaying your visa. If you don’t know anyone personally in the UAE, you can use either your airline, hotel or tour agent for your visa processing. 

It’s silly to still use sponsors in this day and age. The sponsor model is an old model and many countries are moving away from such ways of visa processing. But countries such as UAE, Singapore, etc. are still stuck with this visa model. 

Which sponsor or agent should you use for your UAE tourist visa?

If you don’t have a sponsor, you can use a UAE authorized agent to apply for your UAE tourist visa. There are a bazillion agents these days processing UAE tourist visas, including VFS Global. https://c878458aae6606228e4def9dfe2824a4.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

Thanks to the internet, you can apply for a UAE tourist visa through an agent completely online in the comfort of your home. All you need is a scanned copy of your Passport ID page and a digital passport size photo.

The fee, documentation and processing time vary by agent. Local agents in your country are usually cheaper but you must do your due diligence on their authenticity, hidden charges and processing time before applying through them.

Which agent do I recommend for a UAE visit visa?

My preferred agent for UAE or Dubai tourist visas is Etihad Airways. I usually prefer a reputed international agent, so I went with Etihad Airways. They only act as an agent for your visa and you don’t have to fly with Etihad Airways. You can fly with any budget airline and travel to/from any international airport in the UAE. 

Other agents that you can use and their fee for a UAE 30-day single-entry tourist visa is below.

My preferred agent

UAE based agents

India based agents

IMPORTANT
Some agents will charge a security deposit which will be refunded to you on your exit from the UAE. So do your due diligence before applying for your UAE tourist visa with any of the above agents. 

I have a detailed article on how to apply for a UAE or Dubai tourist visa online with Etihad Airways. Follow the article for step-by-step instructions on how to apply for your UAE tourist visa. 

What types of UAE tourist visas are available?

Below are some of the different types of tourist visas available. 

  • 30-day single-entry tourist visa
  • 90-day single-entry tourist visa
  • 30-day multiple-entry tourist visa
  • 90-day multiple-entry tourist visa
  • Long-term tourist visa

Most tourists usually need a 30-day single-entry tourist visa. It’s also the cheapest of all types of tourist visas. The procedure to apply for any of the above types of visas is pretty much the same, except for the fee.

Validity of UAE visit visa

All UAE tourist visas are valid for 60 days within which you must enter the UAE. Then depending on your visa, you will be given that many days of permission to stay in the UAE.

For example, if you hold a 30-day single-entry tourist visa, your visa will be valid for 60 days. You can enter the UAE anytime within that 60 days. When you enter, immigration will give you 30 days to stay in the UAE. 

When to apply for your Dubai visit visa

You can apply for your UAE visit visa as early as possible. But apply at least 5 working days prior to your trip. Processing can take time and some agents require up to 10 working days to process. 

How long can you stay in the UAE with a tourist visa

You can stay up to 30-days or 90-days depending on your visa. You can also extend the visas within the UAE for additional 30 days or 90 days. 

Documents required for UAE tourist visa

Usually, you will need the following documents.

  • A scan of your passport ID page
  • A recent colored digital photo
  • A copy of your flight ticket

UAE/Dubai tourist visa: Requirements and application procedure

Published: May 11, 2022

Over 70 nationalities do not require a UAE or Dubai tourist visa to enter the UAE or Dubai. Rest must obtain a prearranged UAE tourist visa through a UAE-based sponsor. 

A UAE tourist visa can only be applied for through a sponsor. Any UAE-based airline, hotel, company, an Emirate national or a UAE resident can sponsor your UAE tourist visa. 

Thankfully, all UAE or Dubai tourist visas are e-visas. You can apply online and receive the e-visa in the email. 

Indian nationals with a valid US visa or a residence permit from the US, UK or EU can get a Visa on Arrival at all international airports. 

UAE TOURIST VISA REQUIREMENTS BY NATIONALITY

Minimum passport validity to enter UAE as a tourist

The passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the day of arrival

VISA EXEMPT nationalities

Indefinite entry (based on freedom of movement)

  1. Bahrain
  2. Kuwait
  3. Oman
  4. Qatar
  5. Saudi Arabia

180-day entry

  1. Mexico

90-day entry (in any 180-day period)

  1. Argentina
  2. Austria
  3. Bahamas
  4. Barbados
  5. Belarus
  6. Belgium
  7. Brazil
  8. Bulgaria
  9. Chile
  10. Costa Rica
  11. Croatia
  12. Cyprus
  13. Czechia
  14. Denmark
  15. El Salvador
  16. Estonia
  17. Finland
  18. France
  19. Germany
  20. Greece
  21. Honduras
  22. Hungary
  23. Iceland
  24. Israel
  25. Italy
  26. Latvia
  27. Liechtenstein
  28. Lituania
  29. Luxembourg
  30. Maldives
  31. Malta
  32. Montenegro
  33. Nauru
  34. Netherlands
  35. Norway
  36. Paraguay
  37. Poland
  38. Portugal
  39. Romania
  40. Russia
  41. Saint Vincent and the grenadines
  42. San Marino
  43. Seychelles
  44. Slovakia
  45. Slovenia
  46. Solomon Islands
  47. South Korea
  48. Spain
  49. Sweden
  50. Switzerland
  51. Uruguay

30-day entry

  1. Andorra
  2. Australia
  3. Brunei
  4. Canada
  5. China
  6. Hong Kong
  7. Ireland
  8. Japan
  9. Kazakhstan
  10. Macau
  11. Malaysia
  12. Mauritius
  13. Monaco
  14. New Zealand
  15. Singapore
  16. Ukraine
  17. United Kingdom
  18. United States
  19. Vatican City

NOTE
UAE immigration refers to VISA-EXEMPT as VISA ON ARRIVAL. But you will not fill any forms, pay any fee or receive any visa sticker or print, so in my opinion, it’s VISA EXEMPTION. 

VISA ON ARRIVAL eligible nationalities

14-day entry

  1. India*

* Must hold a valid visa from the US or a residence permit from the US, UK or any EU country. 

VISA REQUIRED nationalities

30-day to 90-day entry depending on the visa

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Albania
  3. Algeria
  4. Angola
  5. Antigua and Barbuda
  6. Armenia
  7. Azerbaijan
  8. Bangladesh
  9. Belize
  10. Benin
  11. Bhutan
  12. Bolivia
  13. Bosnia & Herzegovina
  14. Botswana
  15. Burkina Faso
  16. Burundi
  17. Cambodia
  18. Cameroon
  19. Cape Verde
  20. Central African Republic
  21. Chad
  22. Colombia
  23. Comoros
  24. Congo, Dem. Rep.
  25. Congo, Rep.
  26. Cuba
  27. Djibouti
  28. Dominica
  29. Dominican Republic
  30. Ecuador
  31. Egypt
  32. Equatorial Guinea
  33. Eritrea
  34. Eswatini
  35. Ethiopia
  36. Fiji
  37. Gabon
  38. Gambia
  39. Georgia
  40. Ghana
  41. Grenada
  42. Guatemala
  43. Guinea
  44. Guinea-Bissau
  45. Guyana
  46. Haiti
  47. India
  48. Indonesia
  49. Iran
  50. Iraq
  51. Ivory Coast
  52. Jamaica
  53. Jordan
  54. Kenya
  55. Kiribati
  56. Kosovo
  57. Kyrgyzstan
  58. Laos
  59. Lebanon
  60. Lesotho
  61. Liberia
  62. Libya
  63. North Macedonia
  64. Madagascar
  65. Malawi
  66. Mali
  67. Marshall Islands
  68. Mauritania
  69. Micronesia
  70. Moldova
  71. Mongolia
  72. Morocco
  73. Mozambique
  74. Myanmar
  75. Namibia
  76. Nepal
  77. Nicaragua
  78. Niger
  79. Nigeria
  80. Pakistan
  81. Palau
  82. Palestine
  83. Panama
  84. Papua New Guinea
  85. Peru
  86. Philippines
  87. Rwanda
  88. Samoa
  89. Sao Tome and Principe
  90. Senegal
  91. Serbia
  92. Sierra Leone
  93. Somalia
  94. South Africa
  95. South Sudan
  96. Sri Lanka
  97. St Kitts and Nevis
  98. St Lucia
  99. Sudan
  100. Suriname
  101. Syria
  102. Taiwan
  103. Tajikistan
  104. Tanzania
  105. Thailand
  106. Timor-Leste
  107. Togo
  108. Tonga
  109. Trinidad and Tobago
  110. Tunisia
  111. Turkey
  112. Turkmenistan
  113. Tuvalu
  114. Uganda
  115. Uzbekistan
  116. Vanuatu
  117. Venezuela
  118. Vietnam
  119. Yemen
  120. Zambia
  121. Zimbabwe

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UAE VISA EXEMPTION

UAE immigration refers to VISA-EXEMPTION as VISA ON ARRIVAL. But you will not fill out any forms, pay any fee or receive any visa sticker or print. When you arrive at the airport, you will head straight to the immigration and present your passport. You will be stamped and given entry. Therefore, in my opinion, it’s a VISA EXEMPTION and hence we will refer to it as a VISA EXEMPTION. 

Entry permission

30 to 180 days depending on the nationality. 

Documents to carry

All you need is your passport. 

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UAE or DUBAI VISA ON ARRIVAL

UAE Visa on Arrival is available for Indian passport holders with a valid visa from the US or a residence permit from the US, UK or any EU country.  

Who is eligible for UAE Visa on Arrival

Only INDIAN passport holders with a valid US visa, US green card or residence permit from the UK or any EU country are eligible to obtain UAE Visa on Arrival. 

Validity of UAE Visa on Arrival

UAE Visa on Arrival is valid for 14-days. It’s possible to extend it once for another 14-days.

How long can you stay in UAE with Visa on Arrival

You can stay up to 14-days in the UAE with your Visa on Arrival. You can extend your visa for another 14-days at any AMER center in UAE. In that case, you can stay a total of 28 days in the UAE. 

Documents required

You need the following documentation to obtain a UAE Visa on Arrival.

  • Original passport
  • Your boarding pass
  • A credit/debit card to pay the fee (you can also pay in cash in AED or USD in Dubai or Sharjah airports)
  • Completed application form (only needed in Sharjah airport and they will provide you with one)

Visa fee

Visa on Arrival fee varies from 105-140 AED depending on the airport. 

Processing time

Since it’s only Indian passport holders with a US visa, US green card or a residence permit from the UK or EU country, usually there will not be many in the line. So the Visa on Arrival process wouldn’t take more than a few minutes. 

Obtaining Visa on Arrival at the airports in UAE

UAE Visa on Arrival for Indian passport holders is outsourced to certain travel agencies. 

If arriving at Sharjah airport, you must stop by the Sharjah Airport Travel Agency (SATA) desk to fill out the form, get your documents verified and pay the visa fee. 

If arriving at Dubai airport, you must stop by the Marhaba Services desk to get your documents verified and pay the visa fee. 

If arriving at Abu Dhabi airport, you must head straight to the immigration check. The immigration officer will verify your passport, visa/residence permit and accept the visa fee payment. 

RELATED: How to get UAE Visa on Arrival in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi 

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UAE or DUBAI TOURIST VISA

A UAE or Dubai tourist visa can only be applied through a UAE-based sponsor or an authorized agent. A sponsor can be a UAE-based airline, UAE-based hotel, UAE national or resident, UAE-based company or government entity or a UAE-based tour operator. 

The sponsor is responsible for your actions in the UAE. If you overstay your visa, the sponsor is held responsible and will face consequences by the government of UAE. 

Why do you need a sponsor for a UAE tourist visa?

A UAE-based sponsor is mandatory for all UAE tourist visas. Your sponsor is responsible for all your actions while you are in the UAE. They must make sure you leave the country in time without overstaying your visa. If you don’t know anyone personally in the UAE, you can use either your airline, hotel or tour agent for your visa processing. 

It’s silly to still use sponsors in this day and age. The sponsor model is an old model and many countries are moving away from such ways of visa processing. But countries such as UAE, Singapore, etc. are still stuck with this visa model. 

Which sponsor or agent should you use for your UAE tourist visa?

If you don’t have a sponsor, you can use a UAE authorized agent to apply for your UAE tourist visa. There are a bazillion agents these days processing UAE tourist visas, including VFS Global. https://c878458aae6606228e4def9dfe2824a4.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

Thanks to the internet, you can apply for a UAE tourist visa through an agent completely online in the comfort of your home. All you need is a scanned copy of your Passport ID page and a digital passport size photo.

The fee, documentation and processing time vary by agent. Local agents in your country are usually cheaper but you must do your due diligence on their authenticity, hidden charges and processing time before applying through them.

Which agent do I recommend for a UAE visit visa?

My preferred agent for UAE or Dubai tourist visas is Etihad Airways. I usually prefer a reputed international agent, so I went with Etihad Airways. They only act as an agent for your visa and you don’t have to fly with Etihad Airways. You can fly with any budget airline and travel to/from any international airport in the UAE. 

Other agents that you can use and their fee for a UAE 30-day single-entry tourist visa is below.

My preferred agent

UAE based agents

India based agents

IMPORTANT
Some agents will charge a security deposit which will be refunded to you on your exit from the UAE. So do your due diligence before applying for your UAE tourist visa with any of the above agents. 

I have a detailed article on how to apply for a UAE or Dubai tourist visa online with Etihad Airways. Follow the article for step-by-step instructions on how to apply for your UAE tourist visa. 

What types of UAE tourist visas are available?

Below are some of the different types of tourist visas available. 

  • 30-day single-entry tourist visa
  • 90-day single-entry tourist visa
  • 30-day multiple-entry tourist visa
  • 90-day multiple-entry tourist visa
  • Long-term tourist visa

Most tourists usually need a 30-day single-entry tourist visa. It’s also the cheapest of all types of tourist visas. The procedure to apply for any of the above types of visas is pretty much the same, except for the fee.

Validity of UAE visit visa

All UAE tourist visas are valid for 60 days within which you must enter the UAE. Then depending on your visa, you will be given that many days of permission to stay in the UAE.

For example, if you hold a 30-day single-entry tourist visa, your visa will be valid for 60 days. You can enter the UAE anytime within that 60 days. When you enter, immigration will give you 30 days to stay in the UAE. 

When to apply for your Dubai visit visa

You can apply for your UAE visit visa as early as possible. But apply at least 5 working days prior to your trip. Processing can take time and some agents require up to 10 working days to process. 

How long can you stay in the UAE with a tourist visa

You can stay up to 30-days or 90-days depending on your visa. You can also extend the visas within the UAE for additional 30 days or 90 days. 

Documents required for UAE tourist visa

Usually, you will need the following documents.

  • A scan of your passport ID page
  • A recent colored digital photo
  • A copy of your flight ticket

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ENTRY AND EXIT PROCEDURE AT THE AIRPORT

Entering the UAE by air

After you arrive at the airport, walk towards passport control and baggage claim. 

If you hold an Indian passport and are planning to obtain UAE Visa on Arrival, head to the following visa agent desk for your Visa on Arrival process. Once your Visa on Arrival is processed head to the immigration. 

  • Sharjah Airport: SATA
  • Dubai Airport: Marhaba Services
  • Abu Dhabi: There are agents involved for Abu Dhabi airport, so head straight to the immigration

t the immigration, present your passport, boarding pass and Visa on Arrival fee receipt (if you hold an India passport and obtained Visa on Arrival) or your Dubai visit visa print. 

The officers may ask you a few questions about your trip such as whether it’s your first time in UAE, how long you will stay, etc. You may be asked to show your return/onward ticket and your hotel booking.

If you are traveling on a one-way ticket, you can use OnwardTicket to get proof of an onward ticket.

Leaving UAE by air

UAE airports have automated passport controls when leaving the country. You will simply arrive at one of the automated passport control kiosks, scan your passport and follow the voice instructions. When the voice says move forward and face the camera, you will do so. Then the exit gate will open and you will exit. No exit stamp is given. 

If you are having any issues with automated passport controls, you will be sent to a manned passport control counter. 

CONCLUSION

A UAE or Dubai tourist visa is not required for 0ver 70 nationalities. Other nationalities must obtain a prearranged UAE tourist visa through a UAE-based sponsor or authorized agent.

All UAE or Dubai tourist visas are e-visas. You can apply online with your preferred agent and receive the e-visa in the email. 

Indian nationals with a valid US visa or a residence permit from the US, UK or EU can get a Visa on Arrival at all international airports.