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Updated July 2024

The UAE continues its stride in becoming the ideal destination for work, investment, entrepreneurship, education, and life by introducing a restructuring of its entry and residence system. The UAE has implemented new visa rules that introduce new types of entry visas and residence permits, expand the Golden Visa categories and more.

Continue reading on Wego to learn more about the new UAE visa rules.

New UAE entry visa rules 2024

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Entry permit for a temporary work mission

Visitors with a temporary work assignment, such as probation testing or project-based missions, can apply for a temporary work mission entry permit if sponsored by their employer. Relatives or friends of UAE citizens or residents can also apply. Requirements include a temporary work contract or a letter from the employer outlining the purpose of the visit and proof of health and fitness to work.

Residence permit for humanitarian cases

The UAE will issue residence permits for the following humanitarian cases:

  • female residents whose UAE national husband passed away in the country and have one or more children
  • parents or children of a UAE citizen holding foreign passports
  • spouses and children of Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) state citizens holding foreign passports

Dubai & UAE re-entry permit

Dubai travel and typing center agents have confirmed that residency visa holders staying outside the UAE for more than six months can apply for a reentry permit. This permit allows residents to reenter the UAE within 30 days of approval and avoid having their residency canceled.

To be eligible, residents must provide a reason for staying outside the country and furnish proof. The permit can be applied for through the ICP official website for all Emirates except Dubai. Dubai-issued visas will have to go through a slightly different process.

You can visit our dedicated article below for more details.

Dubai & UAE Reentry Permit 2024: How UAE Residents Can Reenter the UAE After 6 Months


UAE entry permit extension

UAE entry permits can be extended for up to 90 days, depending on the purpose of the visit and other factors. Applicants must have a valid passport for at least six months and apply through the relevant tourism company. Entry permit extensions can be obtained within 48 hours through the ICP smart service system by creating an account and paying fees.

A 30-day extension can be issued twice for AED 610, with GCC residents paying AED 260 and providing a passport copy. Extensions can exceed one month for healthcare, study, and GCC companion entry permits. Healthcare permits can be extended up to 90 days for AED 510, GCC companion permits up to 60 days for AED 260, and study permits up to 90 days for AED 610.

The duration of visit entry permits depends on the purpose of the visit, with a maximum limit of one year at the authority’s discretion. The head of the authority may extend visit entry permits for valid reasons upon payment of all fees.

UAE visit visa rules

UAE visit visa extension

The UAE has implemented a one-time 30-day visa extension for travellers on 90-day visit visas, allowing for a total extension of up to 90 days. Moreover, all types of tourist visas can now be extended for 30 more days from within the country. The fee for each extension is AED 600 (USD 163).

Visa holders do not need to leave and re-enter the country to extend their visas, but they must ensure that the renewal process can be completed before expiry. They can also contact their visa-issuing agent for an extension.

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Furthermore, the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs & Port Security UAE (ICP) has confirmed that individuals can now extend or terminate their entry permits through a personal online account. The durations for different permits are as follows: normal visas or green residency visa applications are valid for 2 months, while Golden visa applications allow for a validity of 6 months with multiple entries.

The digital system allows for extending, cancelling, and printing entry permits. Residents of neighboring border countries can obtain a 90-day entry visa at UAE border points with multiple entries and up to 48 hours per stay. Working in the UAE is prohibited. Green and golden visa holders and their families’ residence visas remain valid even if they stay outside the country for over 180 days.

UAE unused visit visa

Travellers holding unused visit visas in the UAE must cancel the visa within the specified time period, such as 30 days for a 30-day visit visa, by paying a fee. The cost of canceling an unused visa can vary, reaching up to AED 300.

Alternatively, travellers have the option to extend their entry into the country by two months for a fee of AED 200. It is important to cancel the unused visa to avoid the rejection of new visa applications by the immigration system.

UAE visit visa new requirements

Travelers heading to Dubai on visit visas should ensure they have AED 3,000 in cash or credit, a valid return ticket, and proof of accommodation before boarding their flights. Tourism agencies emphasize the importance of meeting these requirements to avoid any travel disruptions.

Furthermore, authorities are strictly enforcing these entry guidelines, leading to some passengers being stopped at Indian airports and prevented from boarding due to non-compliance. Additionally, there have been reports of travelers stranded at Dubai airports after failing to meet these entry standards.

UAE tourist visa rules

UAE Introduces Health Insurance with Tourist Visas

A new initiative will soon allow tourists visiting the UAE to obtain health insurance concurrently with their visa applications. According to the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security (ICP), this initiative is part of their broader ‘transformative projects’.

Major-General Suhail Saeed Al Khaili, director-general of the authority, highlighted that the project aims to streamline the process for tourists by integrating health insurance into the online visa application system available on the ICP website or app.

The initiative specifically targets providing health coverage for emergency situations. It will utilize an electronic platform to automate the acquisition of health insurance, facilitating the management of pricing and issuance of insurance packages offered by major insurance companies across the UAE.

UAE residence visa rules 2024

Shorter processing time

The Work Bundle platform, recently launched by the UAE government, seeks to streamline the issuance of work permits and residency visas. The initiative aims to reduce the complexity of government procedures and simplify the entire process, resulting in a noteworthy reduction in processing time from 30 days to a mere 5 days.

Work Bundle consolidates eight different procedures into a single, streamlined service, including the issuance of work permits, visas, Emirates IDs, and medical exams. By asking for basic information only once, the platform reduces redundancy and speeds up service delivery.

For a more in-depth exploration of the features and advantages offered by the Work Bundle platform, we encourage you to check out our dedicated article on this subject.

Work Bundle Platform: Streamlining Employment Procedures in Dubai


Green Residence expansion

The UAE Green visa now offers 5-year residence options to attract skilled professionals, freelancers, investors, and entrepreneurs. Benefits have been enhanced, including longer grace periods of up to 6 months after permit cancellation or expiration to support family members. Green Residence holders can sponsor first-degree relatives with a residency duration matching their own.

UAE Green Visa 2024: What Do We Know About the New UAE Residency Visa Scheme?


Three-year UAE work permit

The UAE’s Federal National Council (FNC) has approved extending work permits from two years to three, aiming to ease financial burdens. The permits, issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, are currently valid for two years. Working without a valid permit is strictly prohibited.

20% work permit quota

UAE companies applying for new work permits are receiving alerts from the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) system, encouraging them to hire workers from different nationalities. The notification urges diversity in the workforce, specifying that the first 20% of the available work permit quota should be allocated to individuals from different nationalities.

This initiative aims to enhance cultural and demographic diversity within establishments and is not linked to a specific nationality. Failure to comply may result in a downgrade of the company’s classification from Category 2 to Category 3, impacting work permit costs.

Blue Residence visa launched

The UAE has unveiled the ‘Blue Residency,’ a new long-term visa program designed for environmental advocates. This initiative grants a 10-year residency visa to individuals who have played a notable role in environmental conservation efforts.

UAE to Grant 10-Year Visa “Blue Residency” to Sustainability Experts



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