Visa policy of the United Arab Emirates
Citizens of member nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council have a freedom of movement in the UAE and the Schengen Area, New Zealand and Seychelles citizens can make short term visits up to 90 days without visa limits. Nationals of 15 other countries are granted free visa on arrival to the UAE for a period of 30 days. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.
Visa policy map
Nationals of the following countries may enter the UAE without a visa.
Holders of diplomatic, official or service passports of Albania, China, Colombia and holders of diplomatic passports of Russia do not require a visa. Holders of ordinary passports of China endorsed for public affairs also do not require a visa.
Visa on arrival
Holders of diplomatic or official/service/special passports of Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brunei, Chile, Egypt, Indonesia, Ireland, Kazakhstan, 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, Japan and the United States can obtain a visa on arrival if holding an e-Visa receipt.
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.
Requirements for visa application
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.
Visitors normally require a sponsor but visas can also be arranged online through an airline if they are arriving on Air Arabia, Air Astana, Emirates, Etihad (and Air Baltic, Air Berlin, and Air Serbia) , flydubai. and Turkish Airlines.
Refusal of Entry
- "Visa Information - UAE". Timatic. IATA. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
- UAE Visas, Emirates
- EU signs visa waiver agreement with the United Arab Emirates
- Agreement between the European Union and the United Arab Emirates on the short-stay visa waiver
- Visa Information
- Visa-on-arrival nationalities to pay AED600 fee to extend stay
- Also valid for British Overseas Territories citizens and British Subjects who have a certificate of entitlement to the right of abode
- 96-hour transit visa for all airline passengers at UAE airports