Updated December 2022
The UAE provides multiple options when it comes to obtaining a visa. Travellers from the United States looking to enter the UAE for different purposes can now choose from the wide range of available visas and easily apply for them.
Keep reading to know more about the available types of UAE visas for US citizens and passport holders, ranging from tourist visas, business visas, remote work visas and student visas, and the prices of the visas in the UAE.
Can I travel to UAE as a US permanent resident?
The UAE is open to essentially all travellers, including US travellers. US permanent residents who have regular passports do not need to have a visa beforehand to visit the UAE. They can obtain a visa on arrival at the airport or via the online system. If they wish to stay longer, they may also obtain other types of UAE visas granting them longer periods of stay.
UAE visa types for US citizens
UAE visa on arrival
US citizens and permanent residents are eligible for a visa on arrival for stays of up to 30 days in the UAE. However, if planning to stay for a longer period, they must contact the immigration officer at the airport or the local immigration office in the UAE and apply for a visa extension with 10 day grace period.
Indian citizens holding a normal passport and US residence card or green card are also eligible for a UAE visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 14 days.
US citizens and permanent residents can obtain a visa on arrival once they’ve landed in the UAE. US citizens, along with other eligible nationals, do not need to apply for a visa in advance. Upon their arrival in the UAE, US travelers can proceed to the immigration counter at the airport and go through the required biometric procedures.
The on-arrival visa is issued upon arrival at any entry point in the UAE. However, please note that it can also be issued online and allows holders to skip the long immigration queue on arrival.
The 30-day on-arrival visa is free of cost. The fee for a 14-day on-arrival visa is AED 120 (USD 32,68). For more information about UAE visa on arrival, check out our article below:
UAE multiple entry tourist visa
As a part of the UAE’s new visa scheme, a new multi-entry tourist visa has been introduced, which can now be issued for all nationalities, in a step that aims to facilitate the process for tourists and visitors.
The UAE’s five-year multiple-entry tourist visa lets tourists enter the country multiple times over five years on self-sponsorship.
The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) has opened the application process for all nationalities who wish to apply for a multiple-entry visa. Tourists can remain in the country for 90 days on each visit. Visitors can use this tourist visa to transit through any airport or port of entry in the UAE.
Tourists who wish to apply for the UAE five-year multiple-entry visa from immigration departments in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Al Ain and the Al Dhafra (Western region), can do so on the ICP website. Please note that the GDRFA will authorize the five-year multiple-entry tourist visas issued by Dubai.
- Upload the required application information such as your name, service beneficiary details, address inside the UAE, and address outside the UAE.
- Attach your passport copy, photograph, medical insurance, bank statement and any other required documents.
- Review your application.
- Pay the required application fees.
- Visa applications will be processed online, and you will receive your five-year multiple-entry tourist visa via your registered email.
The fees breakdown for the 5-year UAE multi-entry visa is as follows:
Request fee: AED 100 or USD 27,23
Issue fee: AED 500 or USD 136,15
Security deposit: AED 3,025 or USD 823,69
E-service fee: AED 28 or USD 7,62
ICA fee: AED 22 or USD 5,99
For more information on UAE multiple entry visas, check out our article below:
UAE business visa
Travellers looking to enter the UAE to promote, establish, or negotiate business-related activities or to establish contact for future business relations are allowed to travel on a business visa. However, the business visa should not be confused with the employment visa, which is to be applied by those entering the country to work as employees or on a contract basis, drawing a regular salary.
The visa is part of the Golden Visa system and allows entrepreneurs to enter the country for 6 months with a multiple-entry visa.
To obtain the business visa, applicants must be:
- able to substantiate your experience as an entrepreneur
- have been a majority shareholder of a start-up or a member of its senior leadership
- willing to relocate to the UAE and legally establish a business in one of the seven emirates
- have a business idea or a business plan that you wish to bring to life in the UAE
In order to apply for a business visa, applicants will need to have their nominations approved by an incubator supported by the UAE government (currently, AREA2071 in Dubai and HUB71 in Abu Dhabi). Once their nomination has been approved, they will be invited to apply for the visa through the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs & Ports Security.
Please note that if the applicant’s nomination is successful, they will receive a link to upload the required documents and complete their application for the visa. In case their nomination is not approved, they will have to apply again after 90 days.
According to some sources, the business visa fee ranges from AED 311 (USD 84,68) to AED 772 (USD 210,21), depending on the type of business visa.
Please make sure to consult your embassy to know details regarding the price of the UAE business visa. To learn more about the business visa, please check our dedicated article below.
Remote work visa
The remote work visa allows individuals to live in the UAE and continue to work for their existing employer outside the UAE. Remote work visas are valid for 1 year and are renewable upon re-application.
Remote workers may enter Dubai under self-sponsorship and are eligible for zero income tax.
After establishing their eligibility, applicants can simply apply online for the visa. They will be contacted by the relevant authorities with further instructions concerning the application.
The fee for a one-year remote work visa in UAE is AED 1,054 (USD 287) per applicant. However, keep in mind that you are also required to obtain an insurance policy and will be liable for processing and Emirates ID fees. The total cost of obtaining the remote work visa is approximately AED 2,244 (USD 611).
To learn more, please visit our article below.