Visa policy of the United Arab Emirates

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Visitors to the United Arab Emirates must obtain a visa prior to travel unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or one of the countries whose citizens are eligible for visa on arrival.

Citizens of member nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council have a freedom of movement in the UAE, except for citizens of Qatar who are no longer allowed to enter, unless they are a family member of a resident.[1] [2]

All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa policy of UAE


Nationals of the following 37 countries may enter the UAE without a visa for 90 days out of 180 days unless otherwise stated.[1]

1 — Except for the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom.
2 — Not subject to the 180-day restriction.
3 — Freedom of movement. May enter with an ID card.
4 — Not applicable to passports stamped "Article 17, paragraph 2".
5 — For holders of normal passports only.

Holders of diplomatic, official or service passports of Albania, China, Colombia, India, Japan and holders of diplomatic passports of Costa Rica, Mauritius and Russia do not require a visa. Holders of passports for public affairs issued by China also do not require a visa.

Visa on arrival[edit]

Holders of normal passports issued by the following 18 countries and territories are eligible to obtain a no-fee UAE visa on arrival valid for 30 days.[3] Extension is possible for a fee.[1]

1 – Only applicable for British citizens, British Overseas Territories citizens and British Subjects who have a certificate of entitlement to the right of abode.

Holders of diplomatic or official/service/special passports of Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brunei, Chile, Egypt, Indonesia, Ireland, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom (60 days) and Vietnam can obtain a free visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 90 days. Holders of diplomatic passports only of Armenia, Belarus, Jordan (60 days) and Kazakhstan can also obtain a free visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 90 days. Holders of diplomatic or official passports of Australia and the United States can obtain a visa on arrival if holding an e-Visa receipt.

Holders of normal passports issued by  India are eligible to obtain a free 14 day visa on arrival provided they hold a valid visa issued by the United States or a Green Card.[1]


UAE signed visa exemption agreements with the following countries which is yet to be ratified:

  •  Brazil – on 16 March 2017 for all passports[4]
  •  Costa Rica – on 16 January 2017 for all passports[5]
  •  Georgia – on 17 July 2017 for diplomatic and service passports[6]
  •  Kazakhstan – on 15 Jan 2017 for official and service passports[7]
  •  Kazakhstan – on 23 May 2017 for ordinary passports[8][9]
  •  Kenya – for diplomatic passports[10]

Transit visa[edit]

Passengers on all international airlines may enter the United Arab Emirates for 96 hours after obtaining a transit visa at the airport. The time difference between the two flights must be over 8 hours and the passenger must continue to a third destination. Passengers also must have a hotel booking. This is not applicable to nationals of Afghanistan, Iraq, Niger, Somalia, and Yemen.[1]

Requirements for visa application[edit]

For all others nationals who are not granted visa-free or visa on arrival, UAE visas rules vary according to nationality, age and gender. For example, for Moroccans, Algerians, Libyans, Mauritanians and Tunisians minimum age requirement to apply for a visa is 40. For other nationalities, the minimum age requirement to apply for a visa is 21 for men and 23 for women.[11][12]

Airline visas[edit]

Visitors normally require a sponsor but visas can also be arranged online through an airline if they are arriving on Air Arabia,[13] Air Astana,[14] Emirates,[15] Etihad[16] (and Air Baltic,[17] Air Berlin,[18] and Air Serbia[19]), flydubai,[20] Turkish Airlines[21] and Indigo Airlines[22]

Entry refusal[edit]

Entry to the UAE is refused to nationals of these countries:[1]

However, Qatari nationals who are family members of UAE citizens/residents may be permitted entry to the UAE.[1]

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