United Arab Emirates Visa

Tourist Visa is issued to an applicant who comes to UAE for sightseeing, visiting relatives or friends, other personal affairs, etc.

All Americans with U.S Passports valid for more than six months are welcome to enter the UAE, and no longer need to obtain a United Arab Emirates visa to enter the country if the duration of stay is less than one month. This includes US citizens with visas or entry stamps from other countries.


Non-US Citizens:

  1. Tourist Visa for the citizens of the following countries are available upon arrival to the UAE airports. This includes those who hold visas in their passports or entry stamps from other countries and visa is valid for one (1) month stay in the UAE. If you plan to stay longer, you may contact the local immigration office while you are in the UAE and request an extension.
    • Andorra
    • Australia
    • Austria
    • Belgium
    • Brunei
    • Denmark
    • Finland
    • France
    • Germany
    • Greece
    • Hong Kong
    • Iceland
    • Ireland
    • Italy
    • Japan
    • Liechtenstein
    • Luxembourg
    • Malaysia
    • Monaco
    • New Zealand
    • Norway
    • Portugal
    • San Marino
    • Singapore
    • South Korea
    • Spain
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • The Netherlands
    • United Kingdom and Northern Ireland (Except the British overseas citizens)
    • Vatican
  2. If you are not one of the above nationalities you need:
    • a. Original Passport (Not a travel Document/RE-Entry Permit), should not expire within six (6) months from the expected date of arrival in the UAE.
    • b. Confirm round-trip airline ticket or airline ticket to other destination.

    AND if

    • a. Visit Visa sponsored by (The private sector, friends, family and relatives)

      You need to request for the visa through your sponsor (Host) by sending a copy of your passport (Not a travel Document) and a copy of your immigration status in the USA (e.g., green card, J visa, F1 visa, etc.) to your sponsor (host) to process your visa from the local immigration office in UAE. This process will take about four (4) working days. Then, make sure to receive a copy of your visa by fax or Email from the sponsor (host) before your departure. Original visas will be collected at the airport in the United Arab Emirates on your arrival.

    • b. Staying at a Hotel during your visit

      The Embassy does not issue Tourist Visa, Hotels in the UAE can sponsor their clients and apply for their visas to come to UAE but be sure to get a copy of this visa from the hotel before traveling to the United Arab Emirates.

  3. Transit Visa (96 Hours)

    The Embassy does not issue Transit Visa, You should contact the airline that will fly you to the UAE and enquire from them about the possibility of traveling to the UAE without prior visa.

  4. All Visas require prior approval from the UAE authorities, the length of the visa is subject to UAE authorities judgment and the Embassy requires a minimum of four to five (4-5) business days to issue the visa.
  5. Business Visas sponsored by one of UAE Government sectors, Applicants should do the following:
    1. Two (2) completed application forms (http://www.uae-embassy.org/sites/default/files/UAE_Visa_Application.pdf). All applications must be typed.
      • The Particulars of Sponsor / Host in the UAE (UAE Government sectors)
      • Residence Address in UAE (e.g., Hotel, Family or friend’s house, etc.)
    2. Original passport signed by the bearer, should not expire within six (6) months from the expected time of arrival in the UAE.
    3. A copy of your passport.
    4. Two (2) original passport-sized photos.
    5. An invitation letter from your sponsor in the UAE (Government sectors) which must include:
      • The length of the visit and type of visa
      • The purpose of your visit
    6. A letter from your employer or a cover letter to include the following:
      • Your position and the reason for the visit
      • stating the type of visa that you need for the visit
      • Name and phone number of your point of contact in the UAE
    7. A copy of your immigration status in the USA (e.g., green card, J visa, F1 visa, etc.)
    8. If you are sending the visa application through the mail please include a prepaid, self-addressed envelope with a tracking number (e.g., US Express mail, UPS, FedEx, etc.).
    9. Consular Fees:
      • The appropriate fee for the visa you are seeking (MONEY ORDER ONLY):
      • Short stay visa (Single Entry): $150 non-refundable (Valid for two (2) months, Maximum stay is 30 days).
      • Long stay visa (Single Entry): $300 non-refundable (Valid for two (2) months, Maximum stay is 90 days).
      • Multiple visa: $600 non-refundable (Valid for six (6) months from the date of issue. Maximum stay is fourteen (14) days for each entry).
    10. Service Fee:

      International Passport & Visa Service Fees
      $140.00 – Regular Processing ( 12-15 Working Days)
      $160.00 – Normal Processing (8-10 Working days)
      $180.00 per visa (5-6 Working Days)

      FedEx Charges
      USA Only
      $30.00 FedEx (2nd Business Day)
      $35.00 FedEx (Priority Overnight)
      $75.00 FedEx (First Overnight)
      $60.00 FedEx (Saturday Delivery)
      $80.00 Alaska & Hawaii (Priority Overnight Only)