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Updated November 2022
With the ease of COVID-19 restrictions, many travellers from around the world are looking forward to visiting the Emirates and delighting in its magnificent attractions and superb travel destinations, including the ones from the GCC countries. To enter UAE, travellers from GCC need to obtain a visa to be granted a stay in the UAE. Read further to know more.
Can GCC residents travel to UAE?
UAE now has opened their border for travellers from all over the world. Passengers travelling to UAE from all countries (GCC included) must fulfil one of the below requirements:
- Present a valid vaccination certificate(s) reflecting that the passenger is fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the WHO or the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and includes a QR code
- Present a valid negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate issued within 48 hours after the sample was collected and issued by an approved health service provider with a QR code
- Present a valid medical certificate issued by the relevant authorities that the passenger has recovered from COVID‑19 within 1 month from the date of recovery to the date of arrival
According to the latest update from the Federal Authority for Identity, Nationality, Customs and Ports Security, “disease-free certificate” is now a requirement for providing an entry permit for citizens of nations exempt from visa requirements to enter the UAE. This certificate must be presented with the other required documents for entry permits, such as the original passport, and a coloured personal photo.
How to get UAE & Dubai visa for GCC residents?
Residents of the GCC must apply for an e-Visa (also known as an entry permit) and obtain them before travelling to the UAE. They can apply through GDRFA if they wish to enter from Dubai and they can apply through Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security if they wish to enter the other Emirates in the UAE.
However, GCC residents do not need a visa if they are sponsored by UAE residents. In other words, they can enter the UAE visa-free.
UAE & Dubai visa for GCC residents application process
Required documents for UAE Visa for GCC residents
Below are the documents that you need to prepare before applying for the e-Visa:
- A valid residency proof in any one of the GCC countries
- Original passport
- Coloured pass photo
Applying for UAE e-Visa for GCC residents through Amer
To obtain the e-Visa by GDRFA provided for GCC Residents, you must first log in to the GDRFA Amer service website. The Ministry of Interior’s GDRFA is in charge of controlling travellers’ entry and exit through Dubai. Below are the steps to obtain your e-Visa:
- Visit the GDRFA website
- Register a new user account (in case you haven’t registered)
- Choose the required service
- Attach the required documents
- Pay the fees due for the service
- Submit the request
Applying for UAE e-Visa for GCC residents through ICA to Abu Dhabi & other Emirates
Below are the steps to obtain your e-Visa through the ICA:
- Access the website of the ICA Smart Services
- Look for the e-Visa service
- Fill out your personal information
- Attach the required documents
- Pay the service fee
- After your application has been approved, your e-Visa will be sent to your registered email address.
- GCC expatriate residents and companions travelling with GCC citizens will be rejected unless the sponsor is travelling with them.
- If the GCC residence visa is found to be expired or cancelled upon arrival in UAE, they will be denied entry.
- If the profession of the GCC resident is different from when they applied for the entry permit, entry will be denied.
- The GCC residency permit should be valid for a minimum of 3 extra months from the date of arrival.
- The passport of GCC residents must be valid for a minimum of 3 months from the date of arrival.
UAE & Dubai Visa for GCC residents fees
The UAE eVisa for GCC residents costs around 200 AED.
UAE & Dubai visa for GCC residents validity
The entry permit for GCC residents has a validity period of 30 days from the issue date and permits a stay of 30 days from the day of entry. The visa can be extended once for an additional 30 days.
The entry permit for companions travelling with GCC citizens has a validity period of 60 days from the issue date and permits a stay of 60 days from the date of entry. It can be extended once for 60 days.
Moreover, GCC residents who are applying for an updated entry permit online or via the app could be given an extension in less than 48 hours, as long as the correct criteria are met. Please note that in order to do this, GCC residents must issue an application for a 30-day extension which costs Dh260 and must be accompanied by a passport copy