Eid Al Adha 2022: Are you planning a trip to the UAE for the summer holidays? Here’s everything you need to know about tourist visas

Dubai: If you are planning to make the UAE your holiday destination for the Eid or summer holidays, you need to get your tourist visa in order. Depending on your nationality, you are either eligible for a visa on arrival or apply for a tourist visa through a travel agent or airline.

However, if you are visiting the UAE for the first time and do not know where and how to start the tourist visa application process, here is everything you need to know about the different types of visas available, their costs and the application process.

What types of tourist visas are there in the UAE?

1. 30-day tourist visa
2. 30-day multiple-entry visa
3. 90-day tourist visa
4. 90-day multiple-entry visa
5. Five-year multiple-entry visa

Besides tourist visas, you can also consider a transit visa if you are in the UAE for a few days for a stopover. You can apply for a 48-hour visa or a 98-hour visa. Read the details here.

Does everyone have to apply for a tourist visa?

According to the official UAE government portal – u.ae – a tourist visa is for those who are not eligible for visa on arrival or visa-free entry into the UAE. Visa on arrival is available to citizens and residents of certain countries, as well as other categories of passengers. For detailed guidance on who can obtain a visa on arrival, click here.

How to apply for a tourist visa

There are several ways to obtain a UAE tourist visa:

1. Airlines

Airlines based in the UAE also offer passengers the opportunity to apply for a tourist visa. However, it is important to note that if you apply for a tourist visa through an airline, you will need to book a ticket with them.

2. Travel Agencies

Licensed travel agencies in the UAE can arrange a tourist visa for you provided you purchase the ticket through them.

If you are applying for a tourist visa from your home country, you can contact your local travel agent for all packages. In addition, it is important to verify the authenticity of travel agencies before you start trading. If you want to know if the agency you are using is legit, you can contact the UAE embassy in your country for verification.

3. Hotels

Hotels in the UAE can also apply for your tourist visa, provided you have made a hotel reservation there.

4. American Centers or ICP

If you have family members living in the UAE, they can also apply for a tourist visa for you. UAE residents who are sponsoring tourists in the UAE are eligible to apply

5. The website or app of the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports (IKP).

“UAE residents planning to issue a tourist visa for a family member must provide documents proving their residency in the UAE such as: B. Lease Agreement, Salary Statement and Proof of Accommodation if the tourist is living with them during the stay in the UAE,” said Subair Thekkepurath Valappil, Senior Manager at Regal Tours Worldwide.

6. Writing Centers

A writing center in the UAE can also facilitate the tourist visa application process. Your family member or friend can also apply for your tourist visa through a typing center by providing the following documents:

• Sponsor’s Emirates ID
• Your passport copy
• Your picture
• Sponsor’s Rental Agreement
• Sponsor’s salary statement
• Proof of lodging provided by the sponsor if the tourist is staying with them.

What documents do I need for a UAE Tourist Visa?

Single and multiple entry:

According to Valappil, regardless of whether you are applying for a single or multiple entry visa, you must submit the following documents:

• A valid copy of your passport, which must be valid for at least six months
• A photo with a white background

• Travel insurance: “It’s always important to have medical insurance when applying for a tourist visa, but if you’re applying through an agency you don’t need to apply for it separately, it’s already included in your tourist visa package,” Valappil said.

It is always important to have medical insurance when applying for a tourist visa, but if you are applying through an agency you do not need to apply for one separately, it is already included in your tourist visa package.

– Subair Thekkepurath Valappil, Senior Manager at Regal Tours Worldwide

Five-year multiple-entry visa:

If you visit the UAE regularly for business reasons or have family and friends in the UAE, you can apply for a five-year multiple-entry visa. The five-year multiple-entry visa was introduced by the UAE Cabinet in March 2021.

If you want to apply, you need the following documents:

• Passport copy
• Passport photo with white background
• Travel Insurance
• Bank statement for six months showing a minimum balance of US$4,000 (approximately Dh14,692) or equivalent.

Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to apply for the visa through typing centers. If you prefer to complete the application process online, read our guide here.

How long is a tourist visa valid for?

A single-entry visa is issued for 30 or 90 days. According to Valappil, once the visa expires, visa holders will be given an additional 10-day grace period to leave the UAE.

The five-year visa allows tourists to enter the country multiple times at their own expense and stay in the country for 90 days on each visit, which uae says can be extended by an additional 90 days.

How do I extend my tourist visa?

If you want to explore the UAE for a few more weeks, you can extend your tourist visa.

“If you plan to extend your visa, you must do so before your current tourist visa expires,” Nissar Pattambi, managing partner at Mihran Tours and Travels, told Gulf News.

Required documents for tourist visa extension:

• Copy of current tourist visa
• Valid passport copy
• Passport visa photo

How much does a tourist visa cost?

According to Pattambi, these are the approximate cost of tourist visas in the UAE:

For single entry:
• 30 days – Dh330
• 90 days – Dh720

Multiple entry:
• 30 days – Dh749
• 90 days – Dh1,799

If you plan to extend your visa, you must do so before your current tourist visa expires.

– Nissar Pattambi, Managing Partner at Mihran Tours and Travels

How long does it take to issue a tourist visa?

“It takes about two to three days to issue a tourist visa. However, some travel agencies can process a tourist visa within 24 hours, but this is an express service and additional fees apply,” Pattambi said.

Stayed too long in the UAE? You could face fines

Failure to leave the UAE when your visa expires or to renew it within the prescribed time could result in fines being imposed on you. To learn more about overstay fines, read our in-depth guide here.

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