Updated January 2022
As one of the world’s most visited cities, international tourists from over 50 countries may now visit Dubai without requiring a pre-arranged visa. However, for those not eligible for visas on arrival, they would first need to obtain a tourist visa prior to making their way to Dubai and the UAE in general.
Here’s all you need to know about the Dubai/UAE tourist visa; its requirements, validity period, fees, and extendability.
Do I need a tourist visa to enter the UAE?
You would require a tourist visa to enter the UAE if you’re not from the list of countries available for the visa on arrival scheme.
In principle, the tourist visa is obtainable by eligible tourists from around the world. However, as per the UAE’s official government portal, female travellers below the age of 18 are not eligible to apply for this type of visa unless travelling with their parents.
Also, children under the age of 18 who are accompanying adults are eligible for a free visa for visits made between 15 July and 15 September of each year.
UAE visa on arrival
Passengers travelling to the UAE can now receive their visa on arrival at the immigration counter when they arrive from these 70 countries. Travellers from these specified countries need only to make their way to immigration to receive a visa upon arrival in the UAE.
How long is the validity period of the tourist visa?
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
The validity period of all available tourist visas is 60 days from the date of issuance.
Can the tourist visa be extended?
All types of tourist visas may be extended for 30 days twice. Tourist visa holders do not need to leave the country to extend and renew their visas but they must ensure that the renewal process will be completed before expiry.
The fee for extending the tourist visa varies slightly according to your preferred airlines with Emirates currently charging USD 230 for the extension.
What is the grace period of the Dubai tourist visa?
Tourists and visit visa holders have a grace period of 10 days. Please take care not to overstay your tourist visa as fines will be levied for those who do as follows:
- AED 200 for the first day of overstay
- AED100 each consecutive day
- AED 100 as service fees
Can I apply online for the tourist visa?
Yes, you can. It is both easy and convenient to apply for your tourist visa online.
Simply provide the required information, documents and pay the visa fee online without having to send documents by email or visiting the office in person. Once your visa application is approved, you will receive an approved e-visa copy via email.
How do I apply for the Dubai & the UAE tourist visa?
The UAE tourist visas are not directly issued to travellers. To obtain one, you would need to apply through the approved airlines, hotels, travel agencies or tour operators.
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 of choice for the latest prices and requirements. The following are some of the approved airlines.
- Emirates Airline visa services
- Etihad Airways visa services
- Fly Dubai visa services
- Air Arabia visa services
Arranging your tourist visa through travel agencies and hotels
You can also opt to allow your travel agents or your hotel of choice to apply for a tourist visa on your behalf. Note that you would need to ensure that the travel agency or hotel is licensed and is authorized by the relevant UAE authorities before providing them with payment or any sort of documents.
You can verify the authenticity of a travel agency or hotel by consulting the UAE embassy in your country. You can find the UAE embassies or missions in your country here.
What are the required documents?
Generally, the required documents are as follows:
- 6×6 cm photograph in colour (minimum of 600×600 pixels) with a white background (at least 80 percent of your face must be visible)
- A colour copy of your 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
- For nationals of Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, and Pakistan, a national ID is also required
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 husband.
What is the price for the Dubai tourist visa?
The price for obtaining the Dubai tourist visa depends on the individual airlines and is subject to change. It’s best to consult the individual airlines for the latest fees and updates.
But to give you an idea, Emirates Airline currently charges USD 90 for the short-term single entry visa and USD 190 for the long-term single-entry tourist visa. Etihad currently charges USD 95 for the short-term single entry visa and USD 272 for the long-term single-entry tourist visa.