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Visa Process in Dubai: Simplified and Efficient

Our visa process in Dubai is designed to be simple yet thorough. To ensure a smooth experience, we recommend preparing in advance by determining whether you require a visa to enter Dubai.

Do I Need a Visa for Dubai?

Visitors to the UAE are generally required to have a visa, except for residents of the following countries who are granted a visa on arrival:

  • GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) Countries
  • Western Europe, North America, Far East, and Australasia: Depending on your country of origin, please check the visa regulations on the official website of the General Directorate of Residency & Foreigner Affairs.

Please keep in mind that visa rules are subject to change. We strongly advise confirming the latest information with your airline, the General Directorate of Residency & Foreigner Affairs, and/or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Getting a Visa for Dubai

For detailed information on the cost and application procedure for a UAE visa, we recommend contacting the Dubai Department of Naturalisation and Residency at 800 5111.

If a visa is required, we encourage you to apply before your arrival in the UAE. In case you have any visa-related queries upon arrival, you can visit the General Directorate of Residency & Foreigner Affairs visa office located in Terminal 3 arrivals near Entrance 1. The office operates 24/7.

Visa Duration

Typically, a short-term tourist visa allows a stay of 30 days from the date of entry into the UAE, while a long-term visa grants a 90-day stay.

Please note that the cost of applying for a visa may vary depending on its type and duration.

Speed Up the Process

Smart Gates: If you are a UAE resident, remember to carry your Emirates ID when traveling through DXB. Our upgraded Smart Gates, available at Arrivals and Departures in all three terminals, allow you to breeze through passport control within seconds, without any charges or registration.

For further information on Smart Gates, please refer to our dedicated section.

Additional Visa Measures

Upon reaching passport control, some visitors may be required to complete an eye scan (retina scan).

Departure from Dubai

Before your departure, ensure that you are aware of the visa requirements at your final destination. Your airline can provide guidance in this regard. It’s essential to possess the necessary visa documentation to avoid any travel disruptions.