Dubai is situated right in the Middle East; the Middle East is also part of Asia. As part of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is cited in the far western part of Asia. UAE Destinations are?
Ras Al Khaimah
Umm Al Quwain
Do I need a visa for Dubai?
This depends on your nationality, because people from different countries have to meet different conditions before they are issued a visa to explore United Arab Emirates (UAE). Relax as we put you through on all you need to know about acquiring a UAE valid visa while travelling to any of the Emirates destinations.
Visa requirement for US citizens
US citizens with regular passports are free to visit UAE without acquiring a Visa. Though there are still certain conditions you need to accomplish, which are:
Passport signed by the possessor, should not expire within six (6) months from the expected time of arrival in the UAE.
Established return ticket or airline ticket to your next destination(s)
US citizen’s visas are available at the point of arrival at the UAE airports and as an American citizen you are permitted to stay for 30 days in UAE. However, if you intend staying longer, then you are advised to contact the immigration officer at the airport or the local immigration office in the UAE and apply for the same.
Visa requirement for Non-US citizens
As long as you are a non-US citizen, it is compulsory that your original passport should not get expired within 6 months from the expected date of arrival in the UAE. Please note that your original passport is what we are laying emphasis on and not your travel documents
Confirmed return ticket or airline ticket to other destination.
Below are list of Countries that UAE visa can be granted to upon arrival:
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Brunei, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Kuwait, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland and Vatican.
If you are a citizen of any of the countries listed above, then visa can be granted to you upon arrival and visa is valid for 30days stay in the UAE. However, if you intend staying longer, you are therefore advised to contact the immigration officer at the airport same day.
Visa requirements for Gulf Cooperation Council nationals
Gulf Cooperation Council
GCC, these are countries from the Six Middle Eastern Countries that came together to form an alliance in other for them to soar greatly, politically and economically. These countries include:
Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, The Cooperation Council was established in Riyadh, Saudia Arabia, in May 1981. The idea of creating such council is to attain unity between its members based on their general objectives and their similar political and cultural identities, which are based in Islamic values. The Presidency of the council rotates round itself yearly
Requirements for GCC
The GCC inhabitants who are not recognized as citizens but work as high level officers(professional jobs) such as Medical Doctors, High rank managers, Accredited Engineers or public sector employees along with their respective families can be granted a 30-day non-renewable visa at all the airports in the UAE upon arrival.
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Visa requirements for other nationalities
It is mandatory that other Nationals visiting UAE must apply for a visa before they are allowed to enter the country. You can apply for UAE visa through your respective Embassy or contact Karisas Travel. Karisas Travel can get you a tourist Visa which is valid for 30 days, we can also get you a service visa for 14days (two weeks visa) or even a visit visa. All we need is a copy of passport and data page along with your plan and arrival date. Though other individuals and organizations, who you know, that are based or residing in UAE can as well apply on your behalf for a either work or Visit Visa. Note that work visa is given to you only when you are willing to work; most work visa is two years
Airlines operators can apply for a 96-hour Transit Visa on behalf of their crew members.
Some United Arab Emirates companies can also apply for Service Visa or a Visit Visa.
Types of UAE Visas
Visitors intending to stay in the UAE for more than two weeks can apply for Visit Visas. This kind of visa is valid between 30 to 90days. A 30day visa is regarded as short term visa while a 90day visa is regarded as a long term visa and both visas are non-renewable.
Note please: A 30-day short term visit visa for one person is valid for 30 days from the date issued and non-renewable.: A 90-day long term visit visa for one person is valid for 60 days from date issued and non-renewable. Also bear in mind that apart from the visa fees, a deposit is to be paid by the sponsor or relative, which usually is reimbursed after the Visit Visa bearer has gone out of the country.
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Tourist Visa in UAE is a very special and sensitive visa under the visit visa this type of visa entitles the bearer to stay for just 30days which is non-renewable. But should in case the visa bearer decides to stay for more than expected (30 days) then that individual will be asked to pay a fine per day together with some charges for an out pass.
This type of visa is issued to some special set of people. Special set of people like business visitors who always visits the UAE due to their ties with a multinational company, multiple entry visas are also issued to ship passengers due to their schedule entitles them to enter the country more than once in a single trip. Multiple entry visas are also issued to highly rated local companies. The duration of each stay when with a multiple entry visa is 30 days and in general multiple entry Visas are valid for six months from the issued date, it is non-renewable.
Transit Passenger Definition
For the benefit of those always lost whenever they use the word transit, please read through this will help go a long way. A direct flight with a stopovers either one stopover or more than one stopover, sometimes stopovers are due to refueling or cleaning the aircraft. Depending on the circumstances, depending on how long stopover might take you may either be asked to come down or asked to remain on-board the aircraft while passengers disembark and new passengers board, or be invited to disembark to the transit area. Now one of the reason you might need a transit visa when stopping at the UAE airport is that sometimes your next aircraft to board might be scheduled to take off more than 8 hours later, which now makes you eligible for 96 hours transit visa. A valid onward ticket is required. Passport and other travel documents should be valid for at least three months.