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Updated February 2024

Etihad Airways, a renowned airline in the UAE, provides passengers with a convenient and efficient visa service for those traveling to the country. This service enables passengers to easily apply for and obtain their UAE visa prior to their trip. By taking advantage of this service, passengers can avoid the inconvenience of making last-minute visa arrangements, ensuring a smooth and stress-free travel experience.

Wego has gathered all the information you need to know about the UAE visa application process through Etihad Airways. Keep reading to learn more!

UAE visa Etihad

Travelers planning to visit the UAE, including those transiting through Abu Dhabi, may be required to apply for a UAE visa. Fortunately, Etihad Airways provides a convenient online visa application service on their website.

It’s important to note that citizens from the following countries are exempt from pre-applying for a visa before traveling to the UAE. Upon arrival in Abu Dhabi, they can proceed to the immigration counter to receive a visa:

  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong (SAR of China)
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Nauru
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • People’s Republic of China
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Republic of Mauritius
  • Republic of El Salvador
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russian
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • The Vatican
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay

Types of UAE visa Etihad

The following are some of the types of UAE visas travelers can apply for through the Etihad Airways website.

Tourist visa

If you plan to visit the UAE for leisure or tourism purposes, a tourist visa is required unless you are eligible for visa-free entry or a visa-on-arrival. The tourist visa can either grant single or multiple entries and is valid for 60 days, depending on the specific visa you obtain.

Tourist visa (single entry)

  • valid for 60 days, with a stay of 30 days
  • passport must be valid for at least six months
  • extension possible twice for 30 days each
  • price: AED 510

Tourist visa (multiple entry)

  • valid for 60 days, with a stay of 30 days from the first entry
  • multiple entries allowed within 30 days from the first entry
  • extension possible twice for 30 days each
  • price: AED 610

Long-term tourist visa (single entry)

  • valid for 60 days, with a stay of 60 days
  • travelers under 18 must be accompanied by parents with the same visa type
  • price: AED 830

Long-term tourist visa (multiple entry)

  • valid for 60 days, with a stay of 60 days from the first entry
  • travelers under 18 must be accompanied by parents with the same visa type
  • price: AED 1,560

Transit visa

Travelers transiting through the Abu Dhabi International Airport and traveling onward to a third destination are required to apply for a UAE transit visa, depending on the period of their stay.

Transit visa (single entry)

  • for transit period between 8 hours and 4 calendar days
  • valid for 14 days, with a stay of 4 days
  • price: AED 206

48-hour transit visa:

  • for transit period between 8 to 48 hours
  • valid for 14 days, with a stay of 48 hours
  • price: AED 37

How to apply for the UAE visa Etihad?

Requirements

Given below is a list of requirements for the tourist and transit visas applied through the Etihad Airways website:

  • completed application form
  • a 6x6cm photograph in color (minimum of 600×600 pixels) with a white background (at least 80% of your face should be visible)
  • color 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 6 months validity at the time of travel
  • confirmed return and onward ticket.

Depending on the applicant’s nationality, they may be requested to provide additional documents supporting their visa application. The visa application may be rejected if these documents cannot be provided.

Children

In addition to the general requirements mentioned above, travelers must submit a birth certificate for their children in English or Arabic. The translated documents should be attested on the front page.

Dependents

Dependents are defined as spouses, children below 18, and parents above 60. The dependents must submit supporting documents that prove the status of their relationship, for instance, a marriage or birth certificate.

Minors (under 18 years old) 

For minors, including married females under the age of 18:

  • photo ID of parents or husband is required
  • copy of one of the parents’ tourist visas sponsored by Etihad Airways.
  • Etihad Airways reserves the right for sponsorship
  • Etihad Airways will not sponsor unaccompanied minors and students
  • females under the age of 18 or students must travel with their parents
  • only machine-readable passports will be accepted (handwritten passports will not be accepted)

Please note that the documents must be submitted in JPEG format only and must not exceed a size of 1 MB.

Application process

To apply for a UAE visa from the Etihad Airways website, follow the steps given below:

  • visit the Etihad Airways website.
  • select the type of visa you want to apply for.
  • click on ‘Issue visa’.
  • fill in all the required details, including the trip info, applicant info, address info, and attachments info.
  • review your application and pay the required visa application fees.

You will receive your visa once it has been approved and processed by the authorities.

Processing time

The UAE visa through Etihad Airways usually takes 3 to 4 days to process, subject to immigration approval.

How to apply for UAE visa Etihad extension?

To apply for a UAE visa extension from the Etihad Airways website, follow the steps given below:

  • visit the Etihad Airways website.
  • select the type of visa you want to extend.
  • click on ‘Extend visa’.
  • fill in all the required details, including, identification information, visa extension information, address info and attachments info.
  • review your application and pay the required visa extension fees.

UAE visa Etihad tracking

To track the application status of your UAE visa from the Etihad Airways website, follow the steps given below:

  • visit the Etihad Airways application tracking page from here.
  • enter your ‘Request Number’ and valid email address
  • click on ‘Search’, and you will be able to track the application status of your UAE visa.

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