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Updated 21 October 2022

Depending on the purpose of your visit, the government of UAE issues several types of visas, as well as entry permits for visitors who want to travel to the UAE for a shorter period of time. Coming into effect today from 3 October 2022, the new UAE visa rules have introduced new types of entry visas, a part of which is the entry permit for visiting friends and relatives in the UAE.

Keep reading to know more about the UAE family entry permit, its application process, validity, documents required and more.

UAE family entry permit news 2022

Visitors looking to visit their relatives or friends in the UAE can apply for an entry permit to visit relatives or friends if they are a relative or a friend of a UAE citizen or resident.

Coming into effect today from 3 October 2022, the UAE entry permit to visit relatives or friends will not require a sponsor or a host.

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UAE family entry permit required documents

The following documents are required to apply for an entry permit to visit friends and relatives in the UAE

  • UAE Visa Application Form
  • Photocopy of the Passport, valid for at least six (6) months, of the family member/s being sponsored.
  • Coloured passport-size pictures of the family member/s being sponsored
  • Relationship proof from the Embassy (if not mentioned on the passport)
  • Copy of the flight ticket
  • A disease-free certificate

UAE family entry permit validity

Coming into effect today from 3 October 2022, according to the UAE new visa rules, the validity period of an entry permit to visit friends and relatives in the UAE is 60 days (2 months) from their date of issuance. They can now also be renewed for similar periods.

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How to apply for the UAE family entry permit?

Before applying for the entry permit you can check here if you need an entry permit, or you might get a visa on arrival. The UAE entry permit to visit friends and relatives in the UAE can be applied both online and offline.

Applying online

The eChannels portal

Through the eChannels portal, individuals and companies registered in the UAE can apply for a new visa or visa renewal. In order to apply, individuals and companies must first register themselves. Note that eVisa can be used at the entry port in the UAE without the need to put the original visa in the entry port before the arrival of the sponsor.

GDRFA – Dubai website

You can apply online for a visa through the websites of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) ] Dubai.

GDRFA of Dubai provides one more website Amer.ae, through which Dubai nationals and residents can apply for entry permits and residence visas for their families. Visitors can apply for an extension of visas on arrival.

Mobile apps

You can apply for a UAE entry permit and residence visa through:

For more information, please contact, The UAE Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs & Ports Security, or the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, Dubai.

Applying offline

Typing centres

The offline visa application can be processed through licensed typing centres where the visa application is typed and processed through the GDRFA of the respective emirate. Upon approval, the sponsor will receive a message about the approval and the original entry permit.

Amer centres

Dubai Government stipulates that all entry permit and visa transactions must be carried out through its Amer centres.

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