Visa Dubai Updates – News and Information about the different Dubai Visa
IMPORTANT VISA DUBAI INFORMATION
If you are a citizen from one of the following countries then you don’t need to apply for the visa Dubai or get any visa for the United Arab Emirates if the duration of your stay is less than 1 month.
These exempted countries are:
United States, UK, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Finland, South Korea, Spain, Monaco, Vatican, Iceland, Andorra, San Marino, Liechtenstein,Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
The requirements for a Dubai visa vary greatly between different nationalities and it is always advised to check regulations before traveling. Currently, every nationality entering the UAE needs a visa except citizens of the GCC countries.
GCC means Gulf Cooperation Council and the following countries are in it: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Also expatriate residents of the GCC (certain nationalities and professions) and British citizens with the right of abode in the UK do not need a visa for Dubai.
Citizens from the following European countries will also receive their Dubai visa on arrival at the Dubai Immigration: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the Vatican.
Additionally, nationals from Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea in Asia, as well as citizens from the United States of America and Canada will also get their Dubai visa stamped on arrival.
GCC nationals can stay in Dubai usually as long they like. British citizens can stay for up to one month and thereafter apply for a Dubai visa extension of two more months. European, American, South African and Australian citizens may obtain a visit visa from the UAE embassy in their respective countries before departure. Please note that Israelis and travelers whose Passports have Israeli stamps in it will be denied a Dubai visa in most cases.
All other nationalities must apply for their Dubai visa before they enter the country. That can be done either through their respective embassy, through a local sponsor from the United Arab Emirates or a local hotel.
DUBAI VISAS FROM HOTELS
Tourists to Dubai can get a Dubai visa from a travel company or a hotel by making a reservation for at least one night. The Dubai hotel needs to have a copy of the passport in that case together with the reason for the visit to Dubai (vacation is accepted as a reason for that). Additionally the hotel in Dubai needs to know the arrival date. You have to ensure that you get a copy of your Dubai visa as soon as it is issued. Airlines do require proof hat a Dubai visa is issued before you can check in at the airport. The original Dubai visa is deposited at the Dubai Airport and you will collect it before you reach the Dubai immigration passport control.
SERVICE VISA DUBAI ENTRY APPLIED THROUGH A HOTEL:
This outlines the standard procedure for a Dubai Service Visa application, it is recommended to double-check with your hotel though.
The Dubai service visa is valid for 14 days from the date of issue and 14 days from the date of entry. The visa Dubai fees and the security deposit will depend on the country you are a resident of. The security deposit for this Dubai visa is required per person and shall be refunded once the visa holder leaves the United Arab Emirates. Please do contact your Dubai Embassy or the hotel for more details.
It is important to know that once the Dubai visa is applied for, charges for the cost of the visa will not be refunded in case it expires, you booking is canceled (flight or hotel) or even if the visa is rejected for whatever reason.
For the Dubai visa to be processed by a hotel, the visitor has to be a guest in that hotel for the complete duration of their stay. Port of entry and exit of the visitor must be Dubai only. The Dubai service visa application takes 3 working days for processing (excluding Friday, Saturday and Public Holidays).
Required Documents for Service Visa Dubai:
To apply for a Visa Dubai you need to have the visa fees and the security deposit. An authorisation letter with the signature of the credit-card holder, together with a copy of the credit card used (both sides). Additionally you need passport copies of the credit-card holder and the visitors (Dubai Visa applicants).
All document copies, passport copies and credit card copies must be scanned very clearly and in color, otherwise they will be rejected by Dubai Immigration.
TOURIST VISA DUBAI
This Dubai visa is issued through tourist companies and travel agencies. It is valid for 30 days. The Dubai tourist visa can not be renewed or extend. If the visa holder stays longer than 30 days he/ she will have to pay a fine for every extended day and additionally some extra charges.
VISIT VISA DUBAI
The visit visa Dubai is issued through DNRD. It is stamped for 30 days validity but it is valid for 60 days and can be extended for 30 more days by paying an extra amount. The extension needs to be applied for while the Dubai visit visa is still valid (before the 60th day). If any Dubai visitor stays longer than 60 days (or more than 90 days including the extension) they will also have to pay a fine per day and additionally some extra charges.
Certain passport holders can enter the UAE without obtaining a visit visa prior to arrival and stay up to 30 days as explained above.
Required documents for a visit visa Dubai:
- Photocopy of the visitor’s passport
- Dubai visit visa application form, completed and signed by the sponsoring company.
- Photocopy of the trade license of the company
- A guarantee letter from the company stating its responsibility for the visitor during his visit.
DUBAI WORK VISA
Dubai work visas are issued to everyone who wants to work or do business in the United Arab Emirates. The work visa is valid for 60 days only, during this time the residence visa has to be processed from the company. If the person delays the stamping of the residence visa he will pay 25 Dirham fine for each day.
There are several different types of work visa:
Private companies or establishments employees (Issued via the labor office)
- Governmental institutions and Ministries (Issued from DNRD) and the person can only work in governmental institutions.
It is in any case recommended that you check with your nearest UAE consulate or embassy whether you require a visa to be issued in your passport prior to flying to the UAE.
As an added security measure, Immigration Authorities at the Dubai International Airport are conducting random Eye screening for visitors to Dubai. All visitors asked to proceed for eye screening are required to present a hard copy of their Dubai visa or a printed version of the Dubai visa number confirmation page at the screening counter. If you do not have a copy with you, a fee of 30 Dirham per copy applies.
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