Conditions for entering Dubai

Updated 2020-04-28 12:27

Travelling to Dubai is easy as it is the world's busiest airport in terms of international passengers. Therefore, flights are available from various airlines. Check which ones operate from your country or the nearest airport in your location. Depending on your nationality or the passport you hold, you will need a visa prior to visiting Dubai. You are advised to contact your local embassy or consulate to ensure that you have the appropriate travel documents.

Visa requirements for U.S. citizens travelling to Dubai

U.S. citizens travel to Dubai visa-free unless they do not meet the following criteria:

  • Signed original passport by the bearer with 6 months validity from the expected arrival date in the UAE.
  • Confirmed round-trip ticket or airline ticket to other destinations.

The visa upon arrival for U.S. citizens is only valid for 1 month. If the passport holder wants to stay longer, they should apply for a longer one by contacting an immigration officer at the airport or call at the local immigration in the UAE.

Visa requirements for non-U.S. citizens travelling to the UAE

Round-trip confirmed airline tickets to UAE and other destinations.

Nationals of the following countries are eligible for visa on arrival as well: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Brunei, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Kuwait, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland (Except the British overseas citizens), Vatican.

Visas will be granted upon arrival for visitors from the mentioned countries. A 1-month stay will be granted upon arrival, and if they wish to extend further, they should contact an immigration official or reach out to nearby immigration office.

Visa requirements for GCC nationals travelling to the UAE

Citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council are exempted from visa requirements. These countries are Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Visa requirements for other nationalities

Other nationalities that are not included in visa exemptions and visa on arrival should obtain visas prior to entering the UAE. Ways to do this are through travel agencies, their hotels, airlines or relatives in the UAE.

Types of visas for Dubai

You can choose from different types of visas to travel to the United Arab Emirates:

Business visa – A type of visa that entrepreneurs can apply for in order to stay for a long period in the country. Their dependents are also eligible as long as the entrepreneur has set up a business in the country.

Tourist visa – A tourist visa is one of the most common types. It can be used for 30 days or 90 days, with single and multiple entries options. The visa can be extended up to two times without a need to exit the country.

Student visa – A student visa qualifies an individual to study in the UAE. An individual should be over 18 years and residing in the UAE to be eligible. Exceptions are available for outstanding students who can get a long-term one for 5 years.

Transit visa – The type of visa is popular among those who have layovers in Dubai or Abu Dhabi. There are two types of transit visas: 48-hour visa, which is free of charge, and the 96-hour visa for 50 AED only. The transit visa is sponsored by the passenger's airlines and must be obtained and approved prior to flying into the country. These cannot be extended.

Retirement visa – A visa type that residents over 55 years of age can acquire for a period of 5 years. It can be renewed if eligibility criteria are met.

Patient entry permit – Foreigners can enter the country with their companions for treatment in the UAE. The sponsor is the medical establishment (public and private), and there are two types: 1. Single Entry Permit for Treatment, and 2. Multiple Entry Permit for Treatment.

Visa application requirements

Documents required (Individuals)

  • Clear passport copy of the sponsor
  • Clear passport copy of the sponsored person
  • A copy of the salary certificate or employment contract of the sponsor (resident) must be attached.
  • Proof of family relationship (kinship)
  • Travel insurance
  • Copy of confirmed flight booking
  • Bank approval letter
  • Passport-sized colour photographs
  • Visa fee
  • A duly filled visa application form


Visa requirements for the UAE change from time to time, so make sure to check regularly before sending your application.

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