Known as the ‘city of gold’, Dubai is one of the 7 emirates of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Being a popular hotspot, the city impresses almost anyone. The Dubai visa has been one of the most issued visas from the UAE for quite some time now.
Thanks to the government’s policies, getting a Dubai visa for Indians is fairly easy. The visa allows Indian citizens to enter the UAE and visit Dubai. Since the permit is in the form of a Dubai e visa, you can get the permit with great ease. Now, although it is widely known as a Dubai visa for Indian citizens, the actual permit is called a UAE visa. When it is issued by a Dubai based entity rather than the other emirates, it comes as a Dubai permit. Although, this is still equally valid in all the other emirates.
First things first, the UAE embassy in India does not issue a visa to ordinary passport holders. The applications require you to have a sponsor and therefore, is done with the help of Dubai based airlines, a travel agency, or a hotel. These factions apply for a visa on your behalf to the official issuing authority in Dubai. The Dubai visa process can be mentioned as follows -
Always ensure that you provide the correct details along with genuine documents. You may get a visa denial if your application is incorrect. This may cause you from not being able to apply for the visa in the future.
Please note that if you are flying to Dubai via their home-based airlines (Emirates or Fly Dubai), you can apply at one of the Dubai Visa Service Centres located all over India. If you are being sponsored by a relative or friend, they can apply for you at a visa issuing authority located in Dubai.
Based on the different purpose, type of entry and length of stay, the Dubai permit can be categorized into the following -
As per the Dubai visa requirements for Indian citizens, the following are the list of documents you will need to submit. However, based on the exact type of permit, there will be additional documents necessary.
The Dubai Visa cost for Indians depends on several factors such as the type of the permit, the number of entries, the duration of the visit, as well as any express visa processing charges. There may be additional service charges levied based on the mode of application. It is essential to confirm the exact fees before applying for the visa.
|Single entry Normal||Tourist||90 days||58 days||18000.0|
|Single entry Normal||Transit||4 days||58 days||5026.0|
|Single entry Express||Transit||4 days||58 days||5904.0|
|Single entry Normal||Business||14 days||14 days||8784.0|
|Single entry Express||Tourist||29 days||58 days||6730.0|
|Single entry Normal||Tourist||29 days||58 days||5852.0|
|Multiple entry Normal||Tourist||90 days||58 days||38226.0|
The visa for Dubai normally issued in about 3-5 working days. However, it can vary depending upon any express option, the exact type of the permit, or any other complications arising with documents. It also depends upon your mode of application. It is therefore essential to apply for your visa well in advance. Your processing may also be faster depending upon certain eligibility criteria such as your passport containing a visa to Schengen, UK, USA, etc in the past 5 years. It can also speed up if you have an invitation letter from a family member in the UAE.
You can perform the Dubai visa status check in a number of ways. If you have applied through an airline, you can log in to their portal and check the status. Travel agencies also allow you to track the status in the same way. Alternatively, you can send an email to the agency/airline/hotel enquiring about the status. If you have applied through one of the Dubai visa application centres, you can track it by visiting their website with your reference number and passport expiry date.
The Dubai and UAE government has started issuing extensions upon payment of additional charges, provided that you apply before the original visa has expired. The application must be made by the sponsor who has issued your visa in the first place. The permit for short term categories can be extended up to a maximum of 2 times, and to a maximum duration of 60 days.
Since you cannot apply for a Dubai permit directly to the embassy, applying through a visa consultant is one of the options. However, this is not mandatory. You may choose to apply through the airline or other methods instead. Although, in order to ensure that there are complications and that you get the visa easily and fast, it is highly recommended to use the services of a travel agent.
The UAE/Dubai immigration policies are quite strict. As a result, there is a thorough verification when you make an application. Sadly, if your visa is rejected, the authorities do not provide a reason. Hence, it is vital that you check the application properly before submitting. Once the visa is rejected, you may apply again provided that you have a better and accurate application.
This depends on the validity of the passport. As per the regulations, your passport must stay valid for at least 6 months from the date of planned entry into Dubai. This means that if your passport will expire within this period, you will be ineligible to apply.
The ‘OK to board’ (OTB) is not required for all cases. You will require an OTB if you are travelling to Dubai on an ECR (Emigration Check Required) passport. This will also depend on the airline you are using, and a few other factors.