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Updated September 2023
The UAE provides multiple options when it comes to obtaining a visa. Travellers from Bangladesh looking to enter the United Arab Emirates for different purposes can now choose from the wide range of visas available visas and can apply for a visa hassle-free.
Wego will help you learn more about the available types of UAE visas for Bangladeshi travellers, ranging from tourist visas, business visas, remote work visas and student visas, and the prices of the visas in the UAE.
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Dubai & UAE visit visa news
The UAE is poised to implement sweeping visa changes in September 2023, as reported by Gulf News. These changes will eliminate the sponsorship requirement for incoming individuals and introduce flexible multi-entry visit visas, valid for up to a year, while also phasing out the current grace period. It’s worth noting that the existing grace period will continue until September 2023.
The new visa regulations aim to bolster family stability for residents and offer additional benefits to their family members. Notably, individuals with determination will be eligible for residence permits regardless of their age.
Additionally, the UAE has introduced the Green Visa program to attract skilled professionals, freelancers, entrepreneurs, and investors. Green Visa beneficiaries will enjoy enhanced flexibility in their stay duration and employment prospects, with the ability to sponsor their parents and children up to the age of 25.
Do Bangladeshis need a visa to visit Dubai?
Yes, Bangladeshi travellers need to have a pre-arranged visa before arriving in Dubai or the UAE, as they are not eligible for a visa on arrival.
They can apply for a visa via the following:
- the ICP website or ICP app (Google Play and App Store)
- specifically for Dubai visa, the GDRFA’s website or the Dubai Now app (Google Play and App Store)
- airlines such as Emirates, Etihad Airways, FlyDubai, and Air Arabia.
- hotel or travel partners with whom you have booked a trip. They can apply for a Service Visa (14 days), Tourist Visa (30 days) or Visit Visa (up to 90 days) on your behalf
- UAE residents (friends or relatives) can apply as sponsors on your behalf (subject to guidelines)
Dubai & UAE visa for Bangladeshis general requirements
- a copy of your Bangladesh Passport Bio Page with at least six months remaining validity
- one passport-size photograph of the applicant with a white background. Please note that black-and-white photographs will not be accepted
- a copy of your completed and signed visa application form
- details about your itinerary
- proof of sufficient funds (bank statements)
- return and onward flight tickets
- hotel booking details (If you are staying with your family member or with relatives, friends you can share their Emirates ID)
Please make sure to consult with your nearest UAE Embassy or travel agent regarding the specific documents required for the different UAE visas.
Dubai & UAE visa types for Bangladeshis in 2023
The following is a list of visas available in the United Arab Emirates for Bangladeshi citizens.
Dubai & UAE tourist visa
A tourist visa is required to enter the UAE if the traveller is not from the list of 69 countries available for the visa-on-arrival scheme. In principle, the tourist visa is obtainable by eligible tourists from around the world. However, as per the UAE’s official government portal, female travellers below the age of 18 are not eligible to apply for this type of visa unless they are travelling with their parents.
The tourist visa is valid for 60 days. The UAE also provides a 5-year visa which allows tourists to remain in the country for 90 days on each visit.
The UAE tourist visa can be applied for both online or through the approved airlines, hotels, travel agencies or tour operators.
Applicants will simply need to provide the required information and documents and pay the visa fee online without having to send documents by email or visiting the office in person. Once the visa application is approved, they will receive an approved e-visa copy via email.
For more details, visit our dedicated article below.
The price for obtaining the UAE tourist visa depends on the individual airlines and is subject to change. It’s best to consult individual airlines for the latest fees and updates.
But to give you an idea, Emirates Airlines currently charges AED 642.79 (BDT 17,929) for the short-term single-entry visa and AED 190 (BDT 5,299) for the long-term single-entry tourist visa. Etihad currently charges AED 350 (BDT 9,763) for a short-term single-entry visa and AED 1000 (BDT 27,892) for a long-term single-entry tourist visa.
Moreover, as confirmed by a customer care agent at the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security (ICP), the prices for all types of UAE and Dubai visas have now increased by AED 100. The fee for the one-month visit visa issued by the ICA, for example, has gone up from AED 270 to AED 370. As of now, there are no price changes in the visit visas issued by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai.
To obtain an official price list, we recommend contacting Amer Service at 800 5111 or visiting the amer.ae website.
Dubai & UAE multi-entry 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 5-year visa enables tourists to enter multiple times on self-sponsorship and remain in the country for 90 days on each visit, which can be extended for another 90 days.
Dubai’s tourism body is working with authorities to roll out the five-year multiple-entry tourist visa on a much bigger scale to attract more tourists. Currently, the visa is being rolled out softly. Initiatives are being taken to roll out more visas and make applications accessible via the Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing digital platform.
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 ICA 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 fee breakdown for the 5-year UAE multi-entry visa until now was as follows.
- Request fee: AED 200
- issue fee: AED 600
- Security deposit: AED 3,125
- E-service fee: AED 128
- ICA fee: AED 122
Dubai & UAE business visa
Travellers looking to enter the United Arab Emirates 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 ranged from AED 311 (BDT 8,675) to AED 772 (BDT 21,533) until now, depending on the type of business visa. However, with the price hike, these prices have increased by AED 100, i.e AED 411 and AED 872 respectively.
Please make sure to consult your embassy to know details regarding the price of the UAE Business Visa.
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.
To learn more, please visit our article below.
The fee for a one-year remote work visa in UAE was AED 1,054.18 (BDT 29,404) per applicant until now. Now, with the price hike, this price have increased by AED 100 i.e.. AED 1,154.
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 VWP would be approximately AED 2,344 (BDT 62,691).
Dubai & UAE student visa
The student visas are valid for one year from the date of issuance and are renewable for a similar period upon presenting official proof of continuation of study in the UAE. It is issued to expatriate students who are over 18 years and residing in the UAE.
UAE student visas must be sponsored by a higher education institution or a local relative. The applicant’s college or university will apply for their UAE student visa at the GDRFA office of the relevant emirate in which they will live.
If their application is approved, the GDRFA will affix a Residence Visa to their passport. They will receive an Emirates ID, valid for the same duration as the visa. An entry permit can be applied through one of the online or offline portals.
To learn more, please visit our article below.
Initially, the visa cost was AED 100 (BDT 2,789) for first-time issuing and renewal until now. However, with the price hike, this price is now AED 200.
This amount is usually paid at the time of registration.
Cancellation and extension of unused UAE visit visas
All international travellers to the UAE, including Bangladeshis, are now required to either cancel or extend their unused visit visas.
If, for some reason, travellers are not able to enter the UAE within the validity period of their visit visas, they can apply for an extension of the validity period by 60 days. This should be done through the immigration portal itself and will cost AED 200 (BDT 5,700).
If travellers who have not used their visit visa do not wish to get it extended, they will have to cancel it through the immigration portal. The immigration system has stopped automatically deleting old visa requests and now does it only upon the applicant’s request. Therefore, unless the previous unused visit visa is cancelled, travellers cannot apply for a new UAE visit visa. According to travel agents, the UAE visit visa cancellation can cost anywhere between AED 160 (BDT 4,560) to AED 300 (BDT 8,550).