Getting a UAE Visa

Dubai is one of the most popular places to visit because there is so much to see and do in this center of business and learning. If you want to go to UAE, getting a visa is easy as long as you meet the requirements for a UAE visa and pay the fees. The visa application process for the UAE is quick and easy, and the cost of a visa depends on what kind of visa you need. It's important to stay updated on UAE visa requirements, UAE visa procedures, Dubai visa costs, and other information that will be necessary when applying for a visa.

Rates / what type of visa do I need?

The processing rates for UAE visas

Standard Processing Rates (24-48 Hours)


Single Entry

AED 489

USD 134


Single Entry

AED 689

USD 188


Multiple Entry

AED 990

USD 270


Multiple Entry

AED 1190

USD 324

Express Processing rates (4-8 Hours)

If you are considering a journey to the UAE with an urgent travel obligation, you might consider using the UAE's expedited visa service.


Single Entry

AED 789

USD 215


Single Entry

AED 989

USD 170


Multiple Entry

AED 1190

USD 324


Multiple Entry

AED 1390

USD 379

Travel Insurance for Visit Visa Holders - UAE

Once your visa has been approved, you can send us your return flight ticket details, and we will sort out your travel insurance.

The travel insurance we offer is from a reputed insurance company in the UAE that covers Covid-19, Including emergencies during your visit to the UAE.

30 Days
AED 85

USD 23

60 Days
AED 165

USD 45

The Types Of Visas A Visitor May Need

Certain countries are eligible for On-arrival visas while certain countries are not. Depending on this, there are a set number of days tourists can stay in the UAE. The visa will depend on the passport they hold or their nationality. Tourists who are not eligible for On-arrival visas must get a pre-arranged UAE tourist visa.

The valid countries that can get visas for 30-days on arrival are – Andorra, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United States of America.

The countries that can get visas for 60-days on arrival are – Australia, China, Kazakhstan, Mauritius, the Republic of Ireland, Ukraine and Vatican City.

Pre-paid visa countries include, Brunei, Hong Kong, Macau, China, Monaco, San Marino, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.

Apply Visa


The visa you receive will depend on your nationality; you may be granted a free visa on arrival or a visit visa. It is advisable to check out what type of visa you need first. If you need a visit visa, obtaining one is relatively easy, unlike visiting visas to the USA or UK. To get a visit visa to the UAE, all you need is a valid passport that has a validity of 6 months (note that travel documents will not be accepted). You will also need to have your return air ticket when arriving in the UAE, as you might have to present it to the officers at the counter. You might be asked by your facilitator airline or travel company when arranging the visa for you for additional documentation to guarantee that you depart the UAE on time.

How to apply for a UAE Visa

You may get a visa for 14, 30, or60 days. With the right visa support provider, the whole process should be pretty straightforward, despite the seeming complexity of the situation. You may apply for a UAE visa online with the aid of a UAE visa consultant who will walk you through each stage of the process.

Steps on how you can obtain a UAE Visa


  • Your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after entering the UAE
  • Choose a visa type based on your trip itinerary
  • Ensure that you have sufficient funds for your stay in Dubai
  • Make contact with someone who can serve as your UAE visa sponsor

The next step would be to submit an online application for a visa to the United Arab Emirates. You will need to complete a short visa application form and submit it with the required payment. Next, assemble the supporting documentation for your visa application to the UAE. These documents should include:

  • Colour passport size photographs
  • Passport copies
  • Your bank statements and pay stubs
  • Check if your Flight bookings are confirmed
  • Get health and travel insurance
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What are the required documents?

The following is a list of the scanned papers that must accompany your visa application:

  • The first and last pages of your passport
  • A passport-sized colour photograph of yourself
  • You must complete the visa application form and sign it
  • Your travel itinerary should be included with the application. It should contain the trip dates, a copy of the confirmed airline tickets, and information about the hotel or accommodation where the applicant will stay. It is essential to prove to the officials that the applicant intends to leave the country within the prescribed timeframe
  • Proof of your address. Your address may not be required in all situations. It may be requested if your permanent residence address differs from your nationality
  • If you have already visited Dubai or the UAE, you would need to scan the page with the exit stamp
  • You might require Covid-19 insurance. Covid-19 insurance rates can differ according to your age group

Guarantor's Documentation

If you have a guarantor in the UAE, you must provide the following documents:

  • Copy of the guarantor's passport and three-month-valid residence visa
  • Each visa requires a security deposit cheque of AED 5500, which cannot be cashed until you leave the UAE
  • The last month's bank statement is required as evidence from the same bank account that the security deposit cheque was given

Guarantor's Documentation

  • Families may make airline /hotel/tour reservations with us at rates that are assured to be the lowest. No deposit is required.
  • However, a security deposit of AED 5500 is required for specific guests (except for families). This payment is entirely refundable. It is advisable to keep a scanned copy of the page of your passport with the UAE Exit stamp in case of emergencies and for refunds. This step is essential to ensure that you have not overstayed your visa and have left the country without any legal issues.
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Age limit

You might be wondering what the minimum age is for obtaining a UAE Visit Visa so you can travel alone to UAE. In the case of female travelers under 18 years of age traveling alone, they are not eligible to apply for a Visit Visa. It is mandatory for them to travel with their parents if they plan to travel to the UAE. Accordingly, under a cabinet resolution from July 2018, children under 18 traveling with their parents can get a complimentary visa every year between 15 July and 15 September if they are looking to travel to the United Arab Emirates. Additionally, it is also possible to apply through a tour operator for a visa with some extra documents submitted if any of the child's parents are employed in the UAE with a valid work permit.

Here's some additional information:

  • Single male or female Nigerians who are traveling alone must be at least 40 years old.
  • Married Nigerian women must be 40 years of age or older to travel with children.
  • Nigerians obtaining a three-month Dubai visa have to comply with certain age restrictions.

How long is the validity period of the tourist visa?

The validity of your tourist or visit visa to the UAE depends on the type of visa you obtain and your nationality or the passport you hold. If you are someone who is eligible for an On-arrival visa, based on your nationality, you are permitted to stay in UAE for either 30 days or 60 days. However, if you are someone who is from a country that isn't eligible for On-arrival visas, then you are required to apply for a prepaid or pre-arranged visit visa.

The table below shows the list of countries that are eligible for both 30-days and 60-days On-arrival visas.

On Arrival (30 Days)

  • Andorra
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • United States of America
  • Australia
  • China
  • Kazakhstan
  • Mauritius
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Ukraine
  • Vatican City
  • Brunei
  • Hong Kong
  • China
  • Macau
  • Monaco
  • San Marino
  • United Kingdom
  • Northern Ireland

On Arrival (60 Days)

  • Argentina
  • Austria
  • Bahamas Island
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Kiribati
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Montenegro
  • Nauru
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Uruguay

However, if your passport does not make you eligible for On-arrival visas, you can must obtain a prepaid or a pre-arranged UAE visit visa. These visas can either be single entrance visas valid for 30 days or 60 days or multiple entry visas valid for 30 days or 60 days. This would be the case for those citizens of countries such as Bosnia, Egypt, Jordan, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Nepal.

Can I apply online for a tourist visa?

The UAE visa process is fully digitized. Applicants can apply for a tourist or visit visa and check the status of their UAE visas through an online portal made available by the UAE government. People applying for UAE visas on the official UAE government website or those who made the mistake of approaching unprofessional or scam visa processing agencies will find this modernization extremely beneficial. Visit visas, as well as residency visa applications for the UAE, are processed in the same manner. If you are to check your visa status through this platform, you will need your reference number and visa application number. If your visa application has been processed by a travel agency, airline, or DMC, you are required to request your application number and visa reference number from them. Although the methods are similar for all the Emirates in UAE, the regulatory authorities that regulate the visa process can change based on each Emirate.

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6-month Visit Visa to the UAE

If you are looking to stay in UAE for longer, you can now get a visa that allows you to stay for either 6 months or 5 years. The UAE government started the 6-month UAE Visit Visa plan somewhere in mid-2019 for entrepreneurs, investors, top professionals, and intelligent students who are thinking about getting a long-term Residency Visa in UAE. However, this is a strictly monitored process, and the government has not disclosed the cost of obtaining this visa.

If you don't fit into any of the above categories, you still don't have to worry. You can talk to our customer agents, who can help you out with a visa extension easily without having to leave the country hassle-free. We offer a service called the "visa extension without exit". This allows you to stay in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, or any other Emirate for 6 months without having to leave.

If you choose to go with this option, the first time you enter UAE, we will apply for a 60-day Visit Visa for you. During the 10-day grace period on this visa, we will apply for a new 60-day UAE Visit Visa that doesn't require us to leave the country. You will be able to stay in UAE for 200 days with these two visas. The visa can be extended more than once, with or without leaving the country, depending on what the visa holder wants. Speak to us for more information.

Validity and Grace Period

Before you even think of applying for a visa extension for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), you need to familiarize yourself with the grace period and validity duration of your current visa. The requirements for each type of UAE visa are outlined in the chart that can be found below.

  • Grace Period : Free stay duration after permitted stay duration.
  • Validity of Visa : Duration from date of issue within which to enter UAE.
Type of Visa Validity of Visa Permitted Stay Duration Grace Period
Pre-paid UAE Visit Visas 30 days single entry prepaid 30 10
Pre-paid UAE Visit Visas 60 days single entry prepaid 60 10
Pre-paid UAE Visit Visas 30 days multiple entry prepaid 30 0
Pre-paid UAE Visit Visas 60 days multiple entry prepaid 60 0
On-arrival 30 days on arrival (the UK, Canada etc.) 30 10
On-arrival 60 days on arrival (Germany, Switzerland etc.) 60 0
On-arrival Mexicans 180 0
On-arrival Indians with USA green card and EU residence 14 0
Cancelled Residence Visa NA NA 30

Extending UAE Visit Visa

Before the pandemic began, there were a number of different ways to renew your visit visa in the UAE; however, the only option to do so once the epidemic began was to update your visa without leaving the country. In the United Arab Emirates, obtaining a new visa or extending your visit visa is a straightforward process that can be completed in one day.

Special On-arrival Visas

Special visas upon arrival are available for nationals of certain countries through the United Arab Emirates Immigration Department. Moreover, Mexican citizens are eligible for a free multiple-entry On-arrival visit visa that is valid for 180 days (6 months total), and the visa itself is good for 180 days. That is, from the date of your initial entry, the total number of days you can enter and exit the country, as well as the total number of days you can stay, will be recorded.

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Travel Requirements for the UAE

What you can and cannot do when you are on a UAE visit visa

Here's what you can do with a visit visa from UAE

  • You are able to schedule interviews with possible companies and set up your residence visa in order to work in the country while you are already there.
  • You can also spend time with loved ones in any Emirate or attend conferences or exhibitions happening anywhere in the UAE.
  • You may have plans to purchase real estate or start a business in the UAE; if so, you can use your visit visa to conduct the necessary preliminary study.
  • You can engage in certain tourist activities, such as skydiving while on a tourist or visit visa in UAE.

Here's what you cannot do with a visit visa from UAE

  • Work for a UAE firm or as a freelancer, paid or unpaid.
  • Federal Law No. 9 of 2018 on Anti-Begging fines and imprisons beggars for up to three months. Those who operate professional begging gangs or recruit foreigners to beg risk a minimum six-month jail term and an AED 100,000 fine.
  • Smuggling, kidnapping, prostitution, etc.
  • You can't open a bank account or run a business on a visit visa; you need a Residence visa and Emirates ID.
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Terms & Conditions


Desert Holiday Tours LLC is a registered business located at Khidab Street, Abu Dhabi with the trading license CN-4285729 from the Department of Economic Development.

With the license, we possess the authority to arrange desert adventures, tours, and other tourism-related activities, as well as issue and extend UAE visit visas. We offer tours, safaris, transportation, and other activities (also known as activities on this website) to our clients (also known as you or your) through our own suppliers in the UAE and worldwide.


The issuance of any tour vouchers, coupons, or tickets for our activities is contingent upon your acceptance of all terms and conditions of the contract, as well as those of the tour operators, public carriers, and anyone else engaged in delivering your activities. On request, copies of these terms and conditions can be provided. If you make a reservation for an activity or buy a voucher, we will consider you to have accepted our terms of service.

Payment & Refund

The total cost of an activity should be paid in full at the time of booking. If you fail to pay the activity fee at least two days before the appointed date, we will be compelled to cancel the event without further notice. Any cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to the beginning of an activity will not be refunded. If you do not arrive at the designated site for an activity within the departure time window, it will be considered as a cancellation of your reservation.


We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to alter, omit, or cancel any portion of our booked activities, with or without prior notice to you. Due to the environment in which some activities take place, delays or cancellations may occur due to circumstances beyond our or our suppliers' control, such as inclement weather, illness, government limitations, etc. Depending on our judgment or that of our suppliers, we may issue a full or partial refund in such instances.

Risks, hazards and dangers

We consider that you fully understand and accept the potential risks and dangers associated with certain activities. You are solely responsible for ensuring that you are physically and psychologically fit to participate in the activity. You also agree to follow the (English-provided) directions of any activity leader. If the leaders believe that your participation is detrimental to the safety of the entire group owing to your conduct or physical condition or that your general well-being is in danger due to your participation in the activity, you will be requested to desist from participating without a refund.

UAE Visas

Visa acceptance or denial is totally based on the decisions of the Immigration Authority; hence there will be no reimbursement if the visa is refused. After your 30-day grace period expires, you will be penalized 25 AED if you overstay with a UAE resident visa. In addition, you will be charged the application cost for the issue of a leave permission as well as additional fees at the time of departure. If you overstay while holding a Tourist visa, you will be charged 350 AED for the first day and 100 AED every day beginning on the second day. These penalties must be paid at immigration before departure. Please review your visa carefully upon receipt and notify us within 24 hours if any errors have been made. If you fail to do so, the firm will not be liable for any typographical errors or immigration complications, as many countries' immigration requirements are quite specific.


We make every effort to offer you with insurance in all of our actions. Tours of the desert are covered by third-party liability insurance, and you are not obliged to obtain additional insurance to cover unforeseen incidents. Certain sports, such as skydiving in Dubai, do not include insurance, so if you want third-party or personal accident coverage, you must acquire it in advance.

Frequently Asked Questions

I will be traveling to Dubai for a visit, and I intend to work part-time there. While having a visit visa, am I allowed to work for a company?

It is prohibited to work in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) without a valid UAE work visa granted by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) or any of the free zone authorities. This is further reinforced by Article 11 of the Immigration Law, which specifies that a foreigner without a valid work visa is prohibited from working anywhere in the United Arab Emirates, whether for compensation or for his personal benefit.

Can I receive a refund for the cost of a 60-day UAE Visit Visa?

Why was my UAE visa rejected?

How can I make the payment for my overstay fine?

How much will I be fined if I overstay?

What happens if immigration doesn't let me extend my visa?

What do I do if I lose my original UAE Visit Visa copy that was stamped?

Can I cancel my application for a UAE visit visa?

My 9-year-old daughter and I are going to Dubai. Does she need a COVID test?

Can I receive a COVID19 vaccine on a UAE tourist visa?

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