Long stretches of white-sand beaches, magnificent desert dunes, and the stunning skyscrapers; The United Arab Emirates is quite the beauty. With over 10 million people visiting the city of Dubai alone, the UAE is one of the world’s top tourist destinations. Be it business, tourism, education, work, whatever the reason, there is no dearth of people traveling to the country. To enter the country, however, you would need a UAE Visa.
To visit the UAE, you will require a visa, along with your passport. However, for people from most countries around the world such as UK, USA, Schengen countries, etc, the visa is issued on arrival in the UAE. They do not have to apply for it before the arrival. The same goes for people belonging to the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, etc. However, for the other countries, the permit has to be attained before traveling. The UAE visa is in the form of an e-visa, and as a result, is easier to obtain.
Note: Sometimes the UAE issued permits are called by people according to the issuing place. i.e, a visa issued in Dubai is called Dubai visa, one issued in Abu Dhabi is called Abu Dhabi visa, etc. However, these are all the same type, and are valid throughout the UAE regardless of the place of issue.
The process of obtaining a visa is quite different from other countries. To answer the question on how to apply for UAE visa, you will have to first understand that for normal passport holders, the UAE embassy does not issue this. The applications require you to have a sponsor and therefore, is done with the help of UAE based airlines, or a travel agency, or a hotel. These factions apply for a visa on your behalf to the official issuing authority in the UAE. Since the offline mode is no longer used, you will have to apply for UAE Visa online. The procedure is as follows -
Your visa will start being processed now. Once your UAE Visa has been approved, you will receive it via email. 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, you can apply through 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 UAE. Diplomatic and special passport holders will have to apply through the UAE Embassy in India.
Based on the different purpose, type of entry and length of stay, the UAE Visa Types can be commonly categorized into the following -
The documents required totally depends on the type of visa. It also depends on the eligibility criteria that makes you qualify for the type. In general, however, the following are the list of documents necessary -
The UAE Visa fees for Indian Citizens depend on several factors such as the UAE Visa types, 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 vital to confirm the fees before applying for the visa.
|Single entry Normal||Tourist||90 days||58 days||16500.0|
|Single entry Normal||Transit||4 days||58 days||4800.0|
|Single entry Express||Transit||4 days||58 days||6300.0|
|Single entry Normal||Business||14 days||14 days||8500.0|
|Single entry Express||Tourist||29 days||58 days||6500.0|
|Single entry Normal||Tourist||29 days||58 days||5700.0|
|Multiple entry Normal||Tourist||90 days||58 days||37500.0|
The UAE Visa for Indian passport holder is normally issued in about 3-5 working days. However, it can vary depending upon any express option, or UAE Visa types, 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.
Once your UAE Visa application has been submitted, you will receive the update via your email. If it has been approved, you will receive your permit in the form of an e-visa on your registered email. However, being an Indian national, you may have to send a copy of the visa to the airline company while booking your flights (if required) as India is amongst the countries that require an ‘Ok to Board’ in order to travel to the UAE. It is basically permission from the airline that you are free to board the flight. On a successful receipt of a visa, the airline assigns an ‘OK to Board’ with your PNR. All the airlines flying to the UAE require this to be done. Without this, you will not be allowed to board your flight even if you have purchased the ticket. You can obtain this even by contacting the travel agency you applied to.
You can track the status by multiple methods depending on your mode of application. If applied through an airline, you can log onto their portal and check the status. Travel agencies also provide the same facility. Another method would be to send an email to the agency/airline/hotel enquiring about the visa status. However, this method might not always be responsive. If you had applied for a Dubai visa for Indians through DVPC, you can track it by visiting their website with your reference number and passport expiry date.
The UAE embassy only issues the visa for diplomatic and special passport holders. People holding ordinary passports will have to find a sponsor who can apply on your behalf from the UAE. Alternatively, you can apply them through UAE based airline companies, travel agencies, or even a hotel you are going to stay in the UAE.
However, let’s say that you applied for your UAE Visa through the Abu Dhabi based Etihad Airways. In this case, you will have to visit the country via their flight, and land in Abu Dhabi. However, you are free to move throughout the UAE after that. If you apply it via a travel agency, you will get the visa and will be able to travel via any flight to any destination, provided that you book your flight tickets with them. Similarly, if you apply through a hotel in the UAE, you would have to book your stay with them.
The Dubai visa and the UAE permit are technically the same. UAE is divided into 7 emirates. As a result, the permit is issued by the authority in the emirate where the sponsor belongs to. So, if your sponsor is from Dubai, or is one of the Dubai based airlines the permit you obtain is called a Dubai visa. However, note that the permit is named as ‘UAE visa’. But the column stating the location will show it as ‘Dubai’.
As per recent regulations, the UAE permits are now extendable. The government has started issuing extensions upon payment of additional charges and provided that they apply before the original visa has expired. The application must be made to immigration offices. The permit for short term categories can be extended up to a maximum of 2 times, and to a maximum duration of 60 days.
The medical test requirements depend on the category of the permit. For long term visa, you will require specific medical tests. However, for the short term category, there is no mandatory medical test requirement. In either case, it is suggested that you get a health check-up done before travelling to a new country.
In the requirements for the UAE permit, there is no mandatory requirement of a bank statement or proof to show sufficient funds. As a result, you do not have to show any financial proof. However, it is suggested that you possess enough funds to support your basic necessities while in the country.