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Updated 7 March 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. Therefore, the UAE government offers a variety of visa types, making it easy for travellers to apply for UAE visas online. The Visit Visa in Dubai is one of the most applied visas in the Emirate.

Here’s all you need to know about the Dubai visit visa; its validity period, fees, and more.

What is the Dubai visit visa?

Dubai offers visit visas for visitors who want to stay in the city for more than 14 days, either for work or pleasure. A visit visa to Dubai may be obtained for a period of 30 days or 90 days, and it may be converted into an employment visa or a residence visa.

When visiting the UAE, a deposit is required in addition to the visa fee from a sponsor, relative or any local resident. This deposit is refunded once the visitor has successfully left the country. However, a UAE visit visa cannot be renewed.

Difference between the Dubai tourist visa and visit visa

The Dubai Tourist and Visit Visa may at times be confused with each other because of the similarities between them. However, they are quite different from one another and given below are some significant differences between the two visas:

  • Both the visas have different purposes. The Tourist Visa is mainly used for tourism and leisure, whereas a Visit visa can be used to attend business meetings, seminars, and other events
  • A Tourist visa allows an individual to stay for 14 days or 30 days, and the visa can further be extended for 40 days, whereas a Visit Visa allows a passenger to stay for 90 days.
  • The fees for both visas are also different. For Dubai, the Tourist Visa fee is lower than the Visit Visa fee. A 90-day Visit Visa will cost a passenger around AED 825, whereas a 30 days Tourist Visa will cost them around AED 305.
  • A Visit Visa will be valid for 6 months, whereas, a Tourist Visa will only be valid for 2 months.
  • A Visit Visa can be converted into an Employment Visa. However, a Tourist Visa cannot be converted into any other visa.

Dubai visit visa application

You can also apply for a visit visa through a travel agent, an online booking website or get sponsored by any of the renowned hotels or airlines that are based in Dubai.

Applying for Dubai visit visa online

Yes, you can. It is both easy and convenient to apply for a visit visa online via the ICA Smart Services portal or the GDRFA website.

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.

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.

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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.

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How to check Dubai visit visa status & validity?

Here’s how long Dubai visit visa is valid for:

  • 90 days visit visa – it allows travellers to visit UAE for a maximum of 90 days from the date of entry. Valid 58 days from the date on which it is issued
  • Single-entry long-term visa – An additional validity of 58 days, and it lasts for 90 days from the date of entry.
  • Multi-entry long-term visa – A validity of 58 days from the date on which it is issued, and is restricted to 90 days from the date of initial entry into the UAE.
  • Multi-entry short-term visa – A validity of 58 days with a permit to a stay of 30 days from the date of entry.
  • 30 days (GCC resident) visa and 30 days (GCC accompanied) visa – The GCC resident is valid 60 days from the issued date. Hence, it is valid for 30 days from the date of entry with the exception to increase it for another 30 days.

You can check the status and validity of your Dubai visit visa by either visiting the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) website or by using the GDRFA mobile application.

For visas issued in Dubai, you can communicate with Amer service on the toll-free number 800 5111 if you live in the UAE. If you are in a country outside the UAE, call Amer on the toll-free number +9714-313-9999.

Dubai visit visa status (GDRFA mobile app)

You can check your Dubai visa status through the GDRFA Dubai mobile app (Android or iOS) and upload your details on the app as required.

  • Select “File Status Inquiry” under the services label.
  • Click on “Entry Permit Inquiry” if you have a labour contract but have not yet received your visa.
  • Click on “Residency Inquiry” if your entry permit is approved and you have completed the ID test and medical typing.
  • Enter your details, including your name, visa number, nationality and date of birth.
  • Double-check the details you have entered and click on “Inquiry”

If all your details are correct you will then see a green checkmark at the bottom of the page along with additional visa details such as your full name, visa expiry date, type of visa and visa number.

You can now make more enquiries regarding the GDRFA service with the help of the DUBAI NOW mobile app (Android or iOS).

Dubai visit visa status (GDRFA website)

You can check your Dubai visa status through the AMER GDRFA portal by following the steps mentioned below:

  • Visit the GDRFA official website.
  • Under general enquiry select “File Type” – entry permit or residence.
  • Select “Residence Validity”.
  • Enter your details, including your name, visa number, nationality and date of birth.
  • Enter the captcha code and hit submit.

If all your details are correct your visa validity details will appear in green below your submission form with all your visa details such as your full name, visa expiry date, type of visa and visa number.

Dubai visit visa extension

All types of visit visas may be extended for 30 days twice, upon applying for it and after successful approval by the relevant authority. This can be done without the need to leave the country.

Visitors can apply for the second renewal before the expiry of the first one against AED 600 each time of renewal.

Visa overstayers who do not renew their visa on time, will have to pay AED 100 fine for each day of their overstay, to be calculated from 10 days after the visa expiry.

You can extend the validity of your visa by following the steps mentioned below:

  • Create an online account with ICA.
  • Select the service for ‘Extending visa.’
  • Pay the service fees as per the type of visa you have applied for and the duration of its extension.

The Dubai visit visa can also be renewed without the need to leave the country, by visiting the immigration office. A fee of AED 600 will be charged for each time the visa is renewed.

What is the price for the Dubai visit visa?

According to some sources, the price for the visit visas are as follows:

  • 90 days Dubai visit visa – AED 825 (USD 224.61)
  • 90-day Multi-entry long-term visa – AED 1655 (USD 450.59).

Please make sure to consult the individual airlines for the latest fees and updates, as the fee may be subject to change.