UAE Visa

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), simply called as ‘Emirates’, is one of the most popular destinations that a tourist looks forward to visiting. The country’s economy is the most diversified in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the authorities have been focussing on generating more revenue from tourism and business. Dubai is the fifth most popular tourist destination in the Middle East and holds up to 66% share of the country’s total tourism economy.

It needs to be mentioned here that to visit UAE, Indian nationals are required to avail a visa. As such, here we take a detailed look at what an Indian national needs to know if he/she is planning a trip to the country with their friends or family.

Types of UAE Visa

The authorities of UAE issue different types of tourist visas to Indian nationals. The types of tourist visas issued to Indian citizens are discussed below:

  • 48-hour Visa: The 48-hour Visa can be availed by those type of tourists who intend to stay in the country for a period of only 48 hours. While the individual who possesses this type of visa can stay in the country for only two days, it comes with a validity of 30 days from the date of issue.
  • 96-hour Visa: The 96-hour Visa enables the individual to stay in the country for a period of 4 days or less. Like the 48-hour visa, this type of visa is also valid for a period of 30 days from the date of issue.
  • Short Term Visit Single Entry - Service (14 days): This visa is valid for a period of two weeks i.e 14 days from the date of issue. While this type of visa is sought after by most tourists who visit the country, it has a disadvantage. The disadvantage of this type of visa is that it is a non-extendable one.
  • Short Term Visit Single Entry - Tourist: This visa is valid for a period of 58 days from the date of issue. It can be extended twice for a period of 30 days each and enables an individual to stay in the country for 30 consecutive days.
  • 90 days Visit Visa: The 90 days Visit Visa is beneficial if the individual intends to stay in the country for a longer duration of time. The visa like the ‘Short Term Visit Single Entry - Tourist’ can be extended twice for a period of 30 days each by paying 850 Arab Emirates Dirham. It comes with a validity of 58 days.
  • Multi Entry Short-Term Visa: If an individual avails this visa, he/she can visit the country multiple times within the validity period. The visa which comes with a validity of 58 days, can be extended twice for 30 days each by paying the necessary fees. With the help of the visa, the individual can stay in the country for a period of 30 days at a stretch. It is noteworthy to mention here that once the visa is utilized it can’t be cancelled until the validity expires.
  • Multi Entry Long-Term Visa: The Multi Entry Long-Term Visa comes with a validity of 90 days and can be extended twice for 30 days each. With the help of the visa, an individual can travel to the country multiple times with the validity period or stay there for 90 consecutive days.

Eligibility Criteria for UAE Visa

Applicants who intend to visit UAE need to fulfil certain eligibility criteria to avail a visa. The criteria which need to be fulfilled are segregated under various categories like:

  • Travel record.
  • Financial record.
  • Invitation from immediate family member residing in UAE on family status.

Fees for UAE Visa

The fees that applicants need to pay while applying for various types of UAE visa are mentioned in the table below:

Types of UAE Visa UAE Visa Fees
48-hour Visa


Rs2,440 (Express Visa Fees)

96-hour Visa


Rs.4,470 (Express Visa Fees)

Short Term Visit Single Entry - Service (14 days)


Rs.7310 (Express Visa Fees)

Short Term Visit Single Entry - Tourist
90 days Visit Visa Rs.14,100
Multi Entry Short-Term Visa Rs.13,580
Multi Entry Long-Term Visa Rs.34,300

How to Apply for UAE Visa?

In order to apply for a UAE visa, the individual needs to submit a visa application form along with all the necessary documents and the prescribed fees to the authorities present at the Embassy or the consulate-offices.

UAE Visa Requirements

The documents required to be submitted by Indian applicants while applying for a UAE visa are listed below:

  • A Verbale issued by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs or from the concerned Diplomatic Mission.
  • Coloured copy of the name page, personal data, date of expiry and cover page of the passport.
  • One passport size coloured photograph.

UAE Visa Application Status

Once the application for a UAE visa is submitted to the authorities along with the relevant documents and necessary fees, the applicant can track the status of the application. This is can be done with the help of the reference number that is provided to them after the application is submitted and the passport expiry date. To check the status of the UAE visa application here.

FAQs on UAE Visa

  1. Will I get a visa if my passport is to expire soon?

    Ideally, to avail a visa, the passport must have a validity of at least 6 months before you intend to visit UAE.

  2. What do I do if I want to renew my visit visa?

    Generally, a visit visa is generally valid for a period ranging from 30 days to 60 days. In case, the visa is to be renewed, the applicant can get in touch with the authorities and apply for it.

  3. What would happen if I extend my stay beyond the validity of my visa?

    In case, you stay in the country after the validity of the visa has expired you may be subjected to a heavy penalty. Apart from that, you may be stopped from entering the country in the future.

  4. If I am travelling to UAE on a business trip, do I need a visa?

    Yes, you need to get yourself a visa even if you are travelling to UAE for a business trip.

  5. Can I know the reason for my visa rejection?

    No, the reason for rejection of the visa application is not revealed by the authorities.

News About UAE Visa

  • Saudi Arabia offering free visa renewal to expats from India

    Expats from India and 16 other countries have been allowed to extend the validity of their residential permits including exit and entry visas and visit visas by The Directorate General of Passports (Jawazat) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The expats will not be required to pay any fee to avail these benefits. Expats from only India but also from countries like Egypt, Pakistan, Lebanon, Brazil, Turkey, Indonesia, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Eswatini, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe have been allowed to extend the validity of their visa permits.

    Pilgrims coming from India will be allowed to enter Saudi Arabia directly as per the directives by the Government of Saudi Arabia from 1 December onwards. The pilgrims will not be required to spend a two-weeks long quarantine in the country.

    2 December 2021

  • UAE tourist visa services for Indian travellers resumed by VFS Global

    With UAE announcing the reopening of its borders for travellers ahead of Expo 2020 trade fair, visa services provider VFS Global stated that it has resumed UAE tourist visa services for Indians. The trade fair is scheduled to commence on 1 October 2021. Travellers will be required to present a valid negative Covid-19 test certificate from an approved health service which uses the QR code system issued within 48 hours from the time of collecting the sample as well as Rapid PCR Test report conducted at the departure airport 6 hours prior to departure provided with a QR code system.

    Indian travellers can apply for their visas online or at one of the service provider’s Dubai visa processing centres located in Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Thiruvananthapuram. These centres are currently operating on limited days of the week. It needs to be mentioned here that No General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) or Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) approval is required for tourists travelling to the UAE.

    Ban on International Flights from India extended till 1 August 2021 by UAE Government

    3 September 2021

  • UAE Government Extends Ban on International Flights from India till 1 August 2021

    The United Arab Emirates Government has extended the ban on international flights from countries like India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Bangladesh till 1 August 2021. This restriction is valid for all types of visas issued. Amidst the second wave of Coronavirus in India, all flights to Dubai from India were cancelled until further notice by UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority. The UAE has made certain exceptions for UAE nationals, “Golden visa” holders, and diplomats who can travel to the country with a PCT test report done within 48 hours of flight departure.

    Ban on International Flights from India extended till 1 August 2021 by UAE Government

    22 July 2021

  • UAE bans flights from Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan after India

    After India, the United Arab Emirates has banned non-resident passengers from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The ban was in effect from 13 May 2021 and will not include diplomats and long-term residency holders.

    UAE had banned flights from India due to the surge in the COVID-19 cases in the country in what is termed as the ‘second wave’ of the pandemic. The residents of any other country entering the United Arab Emirates must have had a stay period of a minimum of 14 days from the country of departure.

    17 May 2021

  • Oman begins issuing tourist some tourist visas

    Oman has decided to grant tourist visas to tourists visiting the country on trips arranged by travel companies and hotels. The visas were earlier suspended due to the outbreak of Covid-19.

    The country resumed the international flights on 1 October, 2020. However, people who hold working visa and valid existing residency could enter the country. The country will also begin various industrial and commercial activities going forward.

    3 December 2020

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