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.

UAE Visa Fees

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
Types of Visa Fees
48-hour Visa Rs.820 Rs2,440 (Express Visa Fees)
96-hour Visa Rs.2,850 Rs.4,470 (Express Visa Fees)
Short Term Visit Single Entry - Service (14 days) Rs.5,690 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

UAE Visa Types

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.

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 Eligibility

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.

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 visa application, applicants can click here.

Frequently Asked Questions (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

  • 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

  • Dubai working on relaxing Visa rules ahead of Expo 2020

    In an attempt to ease visa rules ahead of the Expo 2020 and boost its tourism sector, Dubai is working with relevant authorities. The first step would be to add more countries whose citizens would be granted visas on arrival. Countries such as Russia and China have already been granted visa on arrival by UAE. 

    UAE has been implementing measures to help the tourism industry of the country. Russian tourists are now being granted free visa on arrival for 30 days, which can then be extended for another month in exchange of a fee. 

    Expo 2020 can help Dubai in further improving its tourism from October 2020 to April 2021. Also, the event is projected to bring in Dh122.6 billion to UAE’s economy while creating nearly 50,000 full-time jobs every year between 2013 and 2031. 

    25 April 2019

  • New visa guidelines announced by UAE will enable family members of Indians working in the country get an expat visa

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) government on Sunday adopted a decision to amend the provisions of the resolution on sponsoring of foreign workers to their families in the country. The new visa guidelines will enable the family members of the foreign citizens to get an expat visa if the working relative fulfils the income criteria laid down by the cabinet. 

    A statement released by the General Secretariat of the Cabinet stated that the amended provisions now indicate ‘income’ as a requirement as opposed to the previously listed ‘professions’. It added that the move was directed at enhancing family stability of foreign workers and social cohesion. Attracting highly skilled workers to the country was also a reason behind the decision. 

    It needs to be mentioned here that the cabinet has called on relevant government entities to conduct studies to assess and enhance the services provided to the residents and encourage the active participation of the family members in the job market. Nasir Bin Thani Al Hamli, the minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation has stated that the amendments will help in strengthening the family ties of workers, boost productivity, support the national economy as well as reflect UAE positively on the labour market. It is noteworthy to mention here that the amendments in the provisions were in line with international developments and accordance with best practices. 

    1 April 2019

  • UAE cabinet approves issuance of 5-year and 10-year UAE residence visas

    The regulatory framework for the issuance of 5 and 10-year UAE residence visas for certain categories of applicants was approved by the UAE cabinet on Monday. Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai announced the development on Twitter. Stating that the departments in the country would now start receiving applications, he tweeted that UAE will remain a global incubator for talents and a permanent destination for pioneers.  

    The cabinet also approved a long-term visa system for investors, entrepreneurs, specialised talents and researchers in the fields of science and knowledge. The move is aimed at facilitating business and creating an attractive and encouraging investment environment.  The visa benefits will also include the spouse and children to ensure a cohesive family and social structure.  

    It needs to be mentioned here that the National Space Strategy 2030 was also approved in the meeting. As part of the strategy, 79 projects in the field of space science and research, assembly and testing, manufacturing as well as commercial space services sector would be carried out. The strategy is aimed at achieving the country’s vision in the field of technologies, applications, and space exploration. 

    11 March 2019

  • UAE visa policies to be eased in favour of rich, educated foreigners

    The United Arab Emirates used to issue visas which were valid only for a few years. This has now changed with the UAE trying to attract rich investors and highly-educated foreigners. To this end, the UAE is offering long-term visas to such people. For instance, if there are people who own real estate worth 5 million dirhams or more in the UAE, they will be offered five-year residency visas. With an increase in real estate investment to over 10 million dirhams or more, renewable 10-year visas will be offered. This is being offered for real estate investments that are not based on loans. Similarly, 5- and 10-year visas will be offered to entrepreneurs and scientists and researchers respectively. If a student performs exceptionally well, they can stay for five years. All of these are aimed at increasing foreign investment in the UAE in order to aid the economy.

    28 November 2018

  • Tourist and visit visa holders can now extend their stay for up to 60 days in UAE

    Visit or tourist visa holders can now get extension of up to 60 days in UAE without leaving the country. The new UAE visa system will allow visit or tourist visa holders a 30-day visa extension twice (total of 60 days). This move will benefit job-seekers and offer them more time to find jobs and also help them save the travel expense. Brigadier Saeed Rakan Al Rashidi, acting director-general of Foreigners Affairs and Ports at the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship said that the visit and tourist visas have to be extended via travel agents who had applied for the original visas. The fees for the extension is Dh600 for each of the 30 additional days that the person may wish to stay in the UAE.

    Prior to this reform, people with visit and tourist visas had to leave the country post the expiration of their 3 month visit visa or 1 month tourist visa. They also had to apply again for new visas in order to return to the UAE. Thousands of job-seekers across the globe will benefit from this extension facility.

    22 November 2018

  • New rules for tourist visas announced by UAE

    The United Arab Emirates cabinet on Sunday announced that tourist travelling to the country during summers would not need to pay any visa fees for dependents aged 18 years or below. The decision comes after the cabinet exempted transit tourists of visa fees for the first 48 hours. The fee exemption facility which can be availed by tourists between July 15 and September 15 every year has been introduced in a bid to boost tourists numbers during the offseason. During the first quarter of 2018, the number of passengers travelling through the country's airports was 32.8 million. It needs to be mentioned that currently, a 14-day express tourist visa costs 497 dirhams per head while a 30-day multi-entry tourist visa costs 917 dirhams.

    16 July 2018

  • UAE joins list of countries to have relaxed visa rules for Indian citizens

    UAE becomes the latest country to relax visa rules for Indian citizens. A number of countries in the past 8 to 10 months have relaxed their visa rules to allow Indian citizens to visit their country which has directly resulted a increase in revenue for those countries. The UAE has granted 48 hour free transit visa to Indian citizens which can be further extended by a period of 96 hours by paying 50 Dirhams or Rs.1000 to the immigration officials. The move comes after India surpassed Saudi Arabia with the country that generates the maximum revenue for UAE if the category of the visit of citizens from a foreign country is considered.

    Other regions to have relaxed rules for Indian citizens in the past 8 to 10 months include Japan, countries in the Middle East and central Europe. As far as Israel is concerned, it has reduced the price of B2 visa from Rs.1700 to Rs.1600 for Indian citizens in the month of May. Japan has laos relaxed visa rules for Indian citizens seeking a short term period stay in the Asian country. As per a report by UN World Tourism Organization, India will contribute 50 million tourists, a number which has not gone unnoticed in the major countries of the world.

    26 June 2018

  • UAE government to provide free 48 hour transit visa for Dubai and Abu Dhabi

    UAE government has decided to provide free 48 hour transit visa for Dubai and Abu Dhabi to people all over the world who visit the country. This means that people from all over the world will be able to spend two days in Dubai and Abu Dhabi without possessing a visa on arrival. The transit visa that will be valid for a period of 48 hours can further be extended for 96 hours. The charge levied by the UAE government for the extension is 50 Dirham which equates to Rs.930. The date for the new changes to be implemented has not been decided yet.

    Experts believe that the move by UAE government to grant free 48 hour transit visa is to lure even more tourists to the Gulf country than the current count. It has been estimated that around 75% of people travelling across the gulf region have to pass through Dubai or Abu Dhabi. This factor will directly result in increase in the number of people visiting UAE as per the government of the gulf country. The UAE officials see India as the biggest market for tourism and this has led to visa rules for Indians being relaxed by the UAE visa and immigration department.

    19 June 2018

  • Massive influx of Indian capital incoming after ownership rules are altered in UAE, says PNC Menon

    After the unexpected announcement of the UAE government to make alterations to foreign ownership laws, PNC Menon, chairman of Sobha Group, said that it will allow Indian investors to invest their money. This is expected to bring a massive influx of foreign exchange in the gulf country. The major attraction for the investors as per Menon will be Dubai which requires more residential places due to the ever increasing population in the city. Menon is not the only one of this viewpoint with other real estate experts like Faisal Durrani, head of research at Cluttons echoing his thoughts. As per Durrani, the all the changes made in ownership laws in UAE will lead to sustainable demand for properties from the locals.

    7 June 2018

  • UAE announces radical changes to its visa regime

    Middle Eastern nation UAE has announced certain changes to its visa scheme which are set to help Indians residing in the country. As per the new changes which are expected to take effect by the end of this year, the country will grant a 10-year visa for specialists as well as families who are working in the field of medicine, science and research, among others. Other changes would see foreign students availing a 5-year visa with ‘exceptional’ graduates securing a 10-year visa and foreign firms owning 100% of their business in the country.

    The new changes will see Indians who form the largest expatriate community in the country as being the major beneficiaries. It needs to be mentioned that as many as 2.8 million Indians reside in UAE, among which 15 to 20 percent are professionally qualified. 20% of the total Indian residents in the country have white-collar non-professional jobs while the remaining 65% are blue-collar workers.

    28 May 2018

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