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Updated January 2023

The UAE regularly entices visitors from around the world looking to experience its many attractions and immerse in its rich history and tradition. In order to visit the UAE for tourism purposes, travellers would typically need to first obtain a visit visa unless they’re arriving from visa-exempt countries.

So what about Pakistani travellers? Are they required to obtain a UAE visit visa beforehand? Read on to learn more about the Dubai and UAE visit visa for Pakistani travellers.

Dubai & UAE visit visa news

As per the latest news from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), those who overstay in the UAE are required to obtain a Dubai/UAE exit permit on top of the overstay fine. The cost of the exit permit is up to AED 300.

After receiving the permit, the overstayer must leave the country immediately.

Do Pakistanis need a visit visa to enter Dubai & UAE?

Yes, Pakistani travellers would first need to obtain a visit visa since Pakistan is unfortunately not among the UAE’s 70 visa-exempt countries.

Dubai & UAE visit visa from Pakistan

In principle, the UAE tourist visa is obtainable by eligible tourists from around the world, including from Pakistan. The UAE tourist visa is now valid for 60 days as part of the new visa reforms, which came into effect on October 2022.

Moreover, as a part of the UAE’s new visa scheme, the multi-entry tourist visa is now available for all nationalities. 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 further 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.

However, as per the UAE authorities, female travellers below the age of 18 are not eligible to apply for this type of visa unless they are travelling with their parents. Also, children under the age of 18 who are accompanying adults are eligible for a free visa for visits made between 15 July and 15 September of each year.

How can I apply for a Dubai & UAE tourist visa?

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.

Applying through airlines

Each airline has requirements that must be fulfilled in order for them to organize your visa. Flying with them is one of the requirements. Check the following UAE-based airlines for more recent and detailed information regarding visa kinds, facilities, and terms and conditions:

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Applying through hotels and agencies

You can also opt to allow your travel agents or your hotel of choice to apply for a tourist visa on your behalf. Note that you would need to ensure that the travel agency or hotel is licensed and authorized by the relevant UAE authorities before providing them with payment or any sort of documents.

You can verify the authenticity of a travel agency or hotel by consulting the UAE embassy in your country. You can find the UAE embassies or missions in your country here.

What is the fee for a Dubai & UAE tourist visa from Pakistan?

The prices and charges of a Dubai tourist visa depends on the kind of visa you are applying for.

But to give you an idea, Emirates Airlines currently charges AED 330 (PKR 20,700) for the short-term single-entry visa and AED 650 (PKR 40,700) for the long-term single-entry tourist visa. Etihad currently charges AED 450 (PKR 28,000) for the short-term single-entry visa and AED 750 (PKR 46,000) for the long-term single-entry tourist visa. Check the complete price details on the respective sites of Emirates and Etihad.

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, including 30 and 60 days tourist 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.

How can I renew my Dubai & UAE tourist visa from Pakistan?

All visit visas will now be available for single or multiple entries and will be valid for 60 days from their date of issuance. They can also be renewed for similar periods. Typically, to renew each tourist visa, you will be charged a fee of AED 600 (USD 163).

As mentioned, Pakistani tourist visa holders will need to leave and re-enter the country to extend their visas and must ensure that the renewal process can be completed before expiry.

If you’re looking to find budget-friendly ways on how you can extend your Dubai & UAE visit visa, please consult our article below.

UAE Visa Renewal: What’s the Extension Process in the UAE?

Please note that those who overstay their visas will be fined AED 50 per day beginning 10 days after the visa’s expiration. Additionally, they will also have to pay for the exit permit issuance, which costs up to AED 300.

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