Be it the UK, USA, African countries, or even EU countries, most of the flights to these places from India involve a stopover or transit at a UAE airport. For an individual to stay in the UAE for more than 8 hours for transit, they require a UAE Transit Visa.
The tourist permit is used by individuals to visit the Emirates. However, for people belonging to the GCC countries, as well as the other visa-exempt countries, a visa on arrival will be issued. India, however, does not belong to this list, and as a result, a UAE tourist visa for Indian citizens is required. This permit can be issued for a duration of 30 days with single or multiple entries, as required. There is also a different long term tourist permit if you wish to stay for up to 90 days.
The process of obtaining a visa for the UAE is quite different from that of other countries. As per the UAE tourist visa rules, the UAE embassy in India can only issue visas for diplomatic passport holders. For all other passports, the applications have to be done through a UAE based airlines, a reputed travel agency, or a hotel you will be staying at, who can act as your sponsor and apply for the visa in UAE. The UAE tourist visa online application process is as follows -
Please note that you provide the correct and genuine information in the application. Any fake documents or false information may lead to a refusal. A rejected visa stamp on your passport can have an effect on your future applications.
If you are travelling to Dubai by one of their flights such as FlyDubai, or Emirates, you can also apply at one of the Dubai Visa Processing Centres (DVPC).
You must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply for the permit.
Once you obtain your tourist permit, keep in mind the following key points -
The documents to be submitted for the application is as follows -
The permit is normally issued in about 3-5 working days. However, it can vary depending on factors such as any express processing options, the length of the visa, the entry type, or even upon any complications arising with documents. It also depends upon how you chose to apply. Your processing may also be faster depending upon your travel history such as your passport containing a visa to Schengen, UK, USA, etc in the past 5 years. It can also be processed faster if you have an invitation from a family member in the UAE.
The UAE tourist visa fees depend on factors such as the number of entries in the visa, the duration of the visa, as well as any additional charges due to express option, and can also vary based on the service charges of the airline/hotel/travel agency.
After your application has been submitted, you will receive updates via your email. If it has been approved, you will receive yourpermit in the form of an e-visa on your email. You are required to take a print of this and carry it along with your travel documents. You should also email the visa to the flight operator you booked a ticket with, to get your ‘OK to board’(if required). Even if you have a valid permit, you will not be allowed to board if your PNR is linked with it.
You can check the status of your application in several 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. Alternately, you can send an email to the agency/airline/hotel enquiring about the status. If you had applied through DVPC, you can track it by visiting their website with your reference number and passport expiry date.
The UAE government has implemented provisions to extend the short term visas such as the tourist permit. In order to do this, you can apply at the immigration offices across the UAE along with the application fees. You may get an extension up to 2 times and for a maximum duration of 60 days. Alternately, you may contact the travel agency through whom you have applied.
You cannot stay back any longer after your visa expires. You must leave before the expiry. Staying back without valid permission is considered an offence and can attract fines and possible deportation. If you do wish to stay longer, you may do so by applying for an extension.
As per the requirements, there is no mandatory medical test necessary for this short term category. However, it is suggested that you get a medical check-up done before travelling to a foreign country for your own safety as well as the safety of the individuals living in the UAE.
You cannot directly convert a tourist permit into a work permit by yourself. If you require an employment visa, your employer must apply it for you. He may do this while you are in UAE. However, you may have to leave the country and enter again after you get the work permit. You will also have to get the necessary medical tests done.