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The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs-Dubai (GDRFA) has taken a significant step in enhancing the travel experience for Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) residents by introducing a revolutionary entry permit system. This strategic initiative aims to establish a seamless entry process into the United Arab Emirates (UAE) while simultaneously simplifying complexities for visitors, as reported by Wego.

In a recent announcement, the GDRFA unveiled its groundbreaking initiative: an advanced online entry permit service exclusively designed for travelers from GCC nations. This innovative system aims to streamline procedures and establish a more efficient entry process, reaffirming Dubai’s unwavering commitment to delivering traveler-friendly services.


The process of applying for the entry permit has been made remarkably convenient through the GDRFA’s online platform. Travelers can apply by logging into the smart services using their UAE Pass or a registered username. Once the appropriate service is selected, applicants need to complete the application form and make the required payment. The cost of the entry permit is AED 250, which includes a 5 percent VAT.

However, potential visitors must meet specific terms and conditions to qualify for the entry permit. The foreign passport of the resident must hold a valid residence permit for at least one year. Furthermore, there should be no restrictions preventing the traveler from entering the UAE, and the work or residency card must specify the individual’s profession.

The GDRFA has ensured round-the-clock availability of the new entry permit service, allowing applicants to access it 24/7. The processing time for the entry permit application is estimated to be at least 48 hours, empowering travelers to plan their visits promptly and securely.

For more comprehensive information and step-by-step guidance on acquiring a UAE entry permit for GCC residents, refer to our detailed article linked below.

UAE & Dubai Visa for GCC Residents 2024: How to Apply For Entry Permit to UAE from GCC Countries?


The introduction of this novel entry permit system underscores Dubai’s continued dedication in providing effortless travel experiences for GCC residents and further solidifies the region’s global stature as a hub for business and tourism.