Visa rules, fees and requirements since August 2008

New visa rules apply from August 2008. If you're from one of the visa on arrival countries, you'll probably have an easier time of it. Bring money for visa fees, patience, and politeness, and assume visa rules will be implemented randomly depending on the mood of the official you're dealing with at the entry point or visa office.

Types of Visas, fees and requirements.

Type

Length

Cost

Renew

Effective

Notes

Conference Visit Visa

30 days

Dh100

no

01 Aug 2008


Employment Visa

30 days




employer arranges, not a work permit, entry only

Exhibition Visa





see Conference Visa

Family Visit Visa

60 days

Dh100


*

min 3-6k salary requirement, Dh2000 deposit

Friend Visit Visa

60 days

Dh100


*

min 3-6k salary requirement, Dh2000 deposit

Investor Visa

3 yrs

Dh300



invest Dh70k in company with UAE National

Medical Visit Visa

90 days

Dh1000

yes, 1x

01 Aug 2008

renewal Dh500

Mission Entry Visa

14 days

Dh220

no

*

only from hotels or companies

Mission Visa

90 days

Dh600

yes, 1x

*

renewal Dh1200, need Temporary Work Permit first?

Mission Visa

90 days

Dh200

no

01 Aug 2008


Multi-entry Visa

180 days

Dh1000


*

30 day max per visit, company application only

Multi-entry Visa

180 days

Dh2000

yes, ?x

01 Aug 2008

14 day max stay each visit

Parent Visa

1 yr

Dh100

yes

01 Aug 2008

deposit Dh5000, need special FNRD permission

Relative Visa





see Family Visa

Residents Permit





see Residence Visa

Residence Visa

3 yrs


yes


employer should arrange

Residence Visa - property

3 yrs

Dh5000*

yes


*estimated, may vary

Residence Visa - family

1-2 yrs




Dh5000 deposit needed

Student Visa (residence)





ask college or university when applying for entry

Student Visit Visa

60 days

Dh1000

yes, 2x

01 Aug 2008

UAE university registration, renewal Dh500

Tourist Visa

30 days

Dh120

no

*

only from hotels and tour operators

Tourist Visa

30 days

Dh110

yes? 1x

01 Aug 2008

only from hotels and tour operators

Transit Visa

96 hours

Dh30

no

*

may be free - conflicting information seen

Transit Visa

96 hours

Dh100

no

01 Aug 2008

need outbound ticket, some reports say 14 days

Visit Visa 30 days

30 days

Dh500

no

01 Aug 2008


Visit Visa 60 days

60 days


yes, 2x

*


Visit Visa 60 days

60 days

free*

yes, ?x


*see list of free visit visa nationalities

Visit Visa 90 days

90 days

Dh1000

no

01 Aug 2008


Visit Visa GCC residents?

30 days

Dh100

yes, 1x

01 Aug 2008

renewal Dh500

Visit Visa GCC nationals*

30 days

Dh100

yes, 1x

01 Aug 2008

renewal Dh200, *visitors with GCC nationals

Visit Visa extension

30 days

Dh500

no

*


Work Permit





not a visa, employer arranges after arrival in UAE

Work Visa





see Work Permit or Employment Visa

  • This information is correct to the best of our knowledge.
  • * in "Effective" column means that visa type is expected to be no longer available after 01 August 2008.
  • Nationalities eligible for free visit visas on arrival will continue to be able to receive them after 01 August 2008, according to statements reported on 09 June 2008.
  • If "Effective" column is empty, then that visa type will continue to be available as far as we know.
  • Most Visit Visas will require a deposit of 1000-2000 dhs to be left with the Naturalisation and Residency Department, refunded after visitor departs the UAE.
  • Limitations on renewal for free visit visas supposed to be 2x but many visitors have exceeded that with no problems.
  • Employers are required to arrange and pay for employee residence visas and work permits (but not their families).

To be noted: Visa rules and regulations can and do change suddenly and without warning. The UAE embassy in your country or the relevant authority in the UAE (DNRD in Dubai) is probably the only source of information you can rely on - even government websites can be slow to update

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