It’s not for nothing that Dubai is known to be a top tourist hub. The city attracts millions of tourists every year from across the globe and which is also a reason why visa rules vary to a large extent, depending on the nationality. While some nationalities are entitled to visa-on-arrival in the UAE, a few other have to apply for it before hand. Here’s a low-down on the nationalities who can enjoy on-arrival visa in the UAE for up to 180 days.
Based on information sourced from Emirates, flydubai and Etihad Airways websites, passport holders from over 20 countries or territories are eligible for a 30-day visa on arrival free of charge. The countries included in this list are:
- Hong Kong (China)
- Macau (China)
- New Zealand
- San Marino
- UK and Northern Ireland
- Vatican City
A 90-day multiple entry visit visa, valid for six months is issued to nationals of over 50 countries or territories. This visa is valid for six months from the date of issue and visa holders can stay in the UAE for 90 days in total. The countries are:
- Bahamas Islands
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- El Salvador
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- San Marino
- Solomon Islands
- South Korea
Mexican passport holders are eligible for a multiple entry 180‑day visit visa. The visa will be valid for six months from the date of issue, permitting a stay of 180 days in total.
Nationals of all other countries from Asia and Africa must arrange for a UAE visa prior to their departure.
However, Indian nationals with a valid visit visa or green card issued by the United States, or with a UK or EU residence, can obtain a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 14 days for a fee. They can also apply for an extension of their stay for an additional 14 days for a fee.
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