Travelling to United Arab Emirates - Passport and Visa
Passport and Visa
Most of the individuals planning to visit United Arab Emirates require visa prior to their arrival. One can obtain all the necessary information from the nearest UAE embassy. Additionally, the Dubai Naturalisation & Residency Administration Department (DNRD) also offers all the latest information.
The type of visa that one can get depends on different factors, such as nationality, purpose of visiting UAE and the duration of stay. Depending on the factors, one can get Non-Renewable 30-Day Visa, One Entry Visit Visa, Entry Service Permit, Visit Visa, Tourist Visa, Multiple-Entry Visa or 96-Hour Transit Visa. For visitors who overstay, after expiry of their visa, have to pay a penalty of 1,229.59 INR.
Nationals of certain countries do not require visa while visiting UAE, like citizens of GCC states. The visa regulations can change from time to time and hence it is best to contact the regional UAE embassy or consulate for the latest information. The Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) is solely responsible for issuing visa.
For entering the emirates, there is no visa requirement for nationals of United States of America, United Kingdom, Switzerland, New Zealand, Portugal, San Marino, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, France and Germany. Additionally, citizens of Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Holand, and Japan, also do not require visa.
UAE also gives one to ten year multiple-entry visa to US tourists and businessmen. US citizens need sponsor for the visa, which is granted free of charge. The stay of the US citizen should not be more than six months at a time.
There is no need of UAE visa for nationals of Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and Vatican. Citizens of these countries along with those having Hong Kong SAR passport are given UAE One Entry Visit Visa on arrival, free of charge.
Nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, and Saudi Arabia all of which are member states of the Arab Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) do not need UAE visa. The Arab GCC expatriates can get a non-renewable 30 day visa upon arrival, on meeting certain conditions. These expatriates can enter only through the approved ports of entry.
Since Nationals of India do not fall in any of the above mentioned categories, Indian citizens travelling to UAE require a visa and a sponsor for their visit. In this case, the sponsor applies for the visa on behalf of the tourist travelling to the country.
Sponsors who can apply for the visa for the tourists include relatives or friends of the tourists staying in UAE, hotels or tourist companies. The tourist visa applied by the hotels or tourist companies is valid for 30 days.
For getting the visa, applicants can contact the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates. The visa is issued by the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD). It is generally issued within 72 hours, provided all the documents are in order.
A passport, 2 photographs, completed application form, and letter or fax from the sponsor in the UAE to the embassy concerned is necessary. Additionally, one will also require a letter from the applicant's company plus photocopy along with the visa fees, which vary depending upon the type of visa.
For more information, please contact:
Embassy of United Arab Emirates
12, Chandragupta Marg
New Delhi – 110021, India Telephone: +91-11-2611-1111 Fax: +91-11-2687-3272 E-mail: Ambassador's Office: email@example.com Consular Office (for visa & attestation enquiry):firstname.lastname@example.org General: email@example.com
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