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Updated June 2024

Dubai, a dazzling urban center situated at the core of the United Arab Emirates, has emerged as a worldwide attraction for tourists and adventurers in search of an ideal fusion of heritage and contemporary living, cultural richness and opulence, and boundless chances for exploration. If you are among the enthusiastic globetrotters yearning to explore this exceptional locale, the initial stride towards this adventure is acquiring a Dubai tourist visa.

Read on as Wego presents the Dubai tourist visa requirements for Indian citizens, how to apply for one, the documents and other requirements, and the visa cost.

Dubai tourist visa news

The UAE tourism has introduced a 5-year multiple-entry visa to boost tourism from India. This new visa is available for all nationalities and allows tourists to self-sponsor their visits for up to 90 days per entry, which can be extended for another 90 days.

The Dubai Economy and Tourism department recently stated that Dubai welcomed 2.46 million overnight visitors from India between January and December 2023, marking an increase from the 1.84 million tourists in 2022 and surpassing the pre-pandemic figure of 1.97 million visitors in 2019 and through this ‘significant’ initiative, tourists now have the added benefit of multiple entries and exits, providing operational flexibility for both business and leisure. 

To learn more about Dubai’s multiple-entry tourist visa, we recommend checking out our article dedicated to the topic below. 

Dubai & UAE Multiple Entry Visas 2024: Complete Guide of All Multiple-Entry Visas to the Emirates


Additionally, as per the recent news, Indian passengers are asked to book return flight tickets on the same airline they traveled to the UAE, as this ensures their immigration and boarding. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in boarding denial for the passengers. Many travelers have been facing this issue recently, and to avoid this, booking roundtrip tickets on the same airline is recommended.

Few Indian Airlines have also established certain guidelines for passengers to be followed compulsorily, such as carrying valid passports, return tickets, accommodation details and financial proof. Air India’s advisory outlines the guidelines for visitors: they must have a confirmed return ticket, proof of a hotel reservation, Dh3,000 (approximately Rs68,000) for a 1-month visa, and Dh5,000 for a longer stay. Additional documents of relatives or friends residing in the UAE are also required.

Spicejet has also issued similar guidelines and warned the passengers that the lack of these documents might lead to the denial of boarding.

In another recent news, Indians holding an ordinary passport and possessing a US green card or a residence visa from the UK or European Union countries are required to apply online for a pre-approved visa-on-arrival to enter the UAE as visitors for a duration of 14 days. This short-term visa can be extended for an additional 14 days, but only once, as noted by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai.

To facilitate this process, the GDRFA has outlined specific requirements, including a valid passport or travel document for entering the country, a permanent residence card (green card) issued by the USA or a residence visa issued by the UK or European Union countries, and a personal photograph with a white background.

Eligible Indian tourists must first visit the GDRFA website. They are required to register their details, complete the necessary forms, and pay the applicable fees of Dh253. Upon approval, the visa will be sent directly to the applicant’s email. The expected processing time for the completion of the visa application is within 48 hours after submission.

Do Indian residents need a tourist visa to Dubai?

Yes, most Indian residents looking to travel to Dubai would require a tourist visa to enter the UAE. However, some categories of Indian nationals who qualify for the UAE visa-on-arrival scheme are exempted from this requirement.

The following categories of Indian nationals can obtain a visa on arrival to the UAE for a maximum stay of 14 days, provided they are holding:

  • a visit visa issued by the USA or
  • a green card issued by the USA or
  • a residence visa issued by the UK or
  • a residence visa issued by the EU

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In principle, the tourist visa is obtainable by eligible tourists from India. However, as per the UAE’s official government portal, female travelers under 18 are not eligible to apply for this type of visa unless they travel with their parents.

Also, children under 18 and accompanying adults are eligible for a free visa for visits between 15 July and 15 September each year.

Dubai tourist visa available for Indians

There are currently four types of available tourist visas as follows.

  • short-term tourist visa – single entry. 30 days duration
  • short-term tourist visa – multiple entries. 30 days duration from the first entry
  • long-term tourist visa – single entry. 90 days duration
  • long-term tourist visa – multiple entries. 90 days from the first entry
  • visit visa– single entry. 60 days from the date of issue

The validity period of all available tourist visas is 60 days from the date of issuance.

Dubai tourist visa from India documents required

Generally, the required documents are as follows:

  • 6×6 cm photograph in color (minimum of 600×600 pixels) with a white background (at least 80 per cent of your face must be visible)
  • a color copy of your Indian passport showing your full name, nationality, date and place of birth, passport number, date of issue and expiry, name of father/legal guardian, and the name of your mother
  • valid passport with at least six months validity at the time of travel
  • a copy of the flight ticket of your preferred airline

Note that depending on the airline, minors and children under the age of 18 may be required to present additional documents such as birth certificates and photo IDs of parents or husbands.

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Alternatively, some travel agencies, airlines and visa application centers might require additional documents. Please consult your travel agents or airlines and the visa application centers regarding the additional documents that might be required.

Dubai tourist visa from India application

Please note the UAE Consulate in India does not issue visit/tourist visas on ordinary passports for Indian citizens travelling to the UAE.

A UAE tourist visa for an Indian National holding an ordinary passport is arranged by a sponsor in UAE. It can also be obtained by booking a hotel in UAE, through the Emirates Airlines Office, the Air Arabia Office, or a travel Agent in India.

Arranging your tourist visa through airlines

The requirements and conditions set by an approved airline may vary slightly. One such requirement is naturally for you to be flying with them to your destination. Prices may also vary and are subject to change, so it’s best to check with your airline for the latest prices and requirements. The following are some of the approved airlines.

Arranging your tourist visa through travel agencies and hotels

You can opt to allow your travel agents or your hotel of choice to apply for a tourist visa on your behalf. Note that you must ensure that the travel agency or hotel is licensed and authorized by the relevant UAE authorities before providing them with payment or any documents.

You can verify the authenticity of a travel agency or hotel by consulting the UAE embassy in India.

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Arranging your tourist visa through VFS Global

Indian tourists can also apply for their Dubai tourist visa through the VFS Global Visa Application Centers in India, which have been trusted by the Government of Dubai in India and by Dubai’s flag carrier, Emirates.

To apply for the Dubai tourist visa from India, follow the steps given below:

Step 1: Complete the online application

Once you have chosen the type of Dubai tourist visa you want to apply for, download the visa application form from the VFS Global website, fill out and complete the form, print the completed form and bring the hard copy with you to the Visa Application Centre, along with the documents required for submission.

Step 2: Pay the visa application fee

After filling out and completing your visa application form, you will need to pay your visa application fee. If you download the form to print and bring it to the Visa Application Centre, payment can be made at the time of your submission.

Please note that you must pay the visa fee at the Visa Application Centre in cash or by using credit cards or demand drafts.

Step 3: Submit the visa application form

After filling up and completing your visa application form, you can drop it off at the visa application centre without the need to book any prior appointment.

You can submit the completed application form at the Visa Application Centre in person or by your representative. On the day of submission, the applicants will be required to undergo the following requirements:

  • the applicant or their representative can submit visa applications at the center.
  • a token is issued to the applicant or their representative (at a few centers, wherever applicable), after which they can proceed to the submission officer’s desk.
  • bring the visa application form duly filled and signed along with colored photocopies of your Passport Bio & Last page, a recent passport-size photograph, confirmed return / onward Emirates ticket and other supporting documents as per eligibility criteria.
  • your original passport for verification should have at least two (2) blank pages.
  • the passport should be valid for six (6) months from the date of travel
  • visa fees can be paid by cash/credit card/demand draft. Upon payment, collect the original Invoice cum receipt (ICR) copy from the cash counter.
  • after submission, your visa will be delivered within 2-3 working days on the email ID mentioned in the Visa application form.

You can check the VFS Visa Application Centers’ working hours in different states of India from here.

Dubai tourist visa from India cost

The price for obtaining the Dubai tourist visa depends on the individual airlines or the visa application centers and is subject to change. It’s best to consult individual airlines for the latest fees and updates.

But to give you an idea, Emirates Airlines currently charges USD 90 (INR 7,520) for a short-term single-entry visa and USD 177 (INR 14,790) for a long-term single-entry tourist visa. Etihad currently charges AED 450 (INR 10,238) for a short-term single-entry visa and AED 750 (INR 17,063) for a long-term single-entry tourist visa.

Alternatively, you can check the price of the category of Dubai tourist visa you are applying for from the VFS visa application centers here.

As confirmed by a customer care agent at the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security (ICP), the prices for all types of UAE and Dubai visas, including 30 and 60 days tourist visas, have now increased by AED 100. For example, the fee for the one-month visit visa issued by the ICA has increased from AED 270 to AED 370.

Dubai tourist visa from India grace period

As per the latest announcement, foreign nationals who have overstayed in the UAE past their visa expiry cannot exit the country without getting an out pass or leave permit.

The Dubai/UAE out pass can be obtained at the airport and immigration offices at the land borders. Furthermore, the out pass or leave permit may also be obtained at the Al Awir Immigration office.

As per reports, the Dubai/UAE out pass or leave permit is obtainable for AED 200 (INR 4,550) to 300 (INR 6,825). Overstayers will also have to pay the overstay fines in full, levied at AED 50 (INR 1,137) per day of overstay. UAE visit visa holders will get a grace period of 10 days from the visa expiry date, after which the overstay fines shall start accruing.

Dubai tourist visa from India tracking

The Indian applicants will receive an email update when their decision has been returned to the Visa Application Centre. However, if you cannot access email easily or would like more detailed tracking information, you may also be able to get updates by SMS sent directly to your phone. You can check whether this service is available at the Visa Application Centre you are visiting.

Alternatively, you can track your visa application status online from the DVPC website.  To track your visa application, follow the steps given below:

  • enter your Reference Number on the invoice/receipt issued by the Visa Application Centre.
  • enter your passport expiry date.
  • click on ‘Submit’ to view the status of your visa application.

Dubai tourist visa from India extension

All types of tourist visas may be extended for 30 days twice. Typically, to renew each tourist visa, you will be charged a fee of AED 600 (INR 13,650).

As mentioned, tourist visa holders will need to leave and re-enter the country to extend their visas and must ensure that the renewal process can be completed before expiry.

Moreover, unused tourist visas must either be cancelled or extended. The cost of cancelling an unused visa varies depending on the travel agent, and it could cost up to AED 750 (INR 17,063).

If you want to find budget-friendly ways to extend your Dubai & UAE visit visa, please consult our article below.

UAE Visa Renewal 2024: What’s the Extension Process in the UAE?


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