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UAE visa table - list of possible residence and visit visas available

Do not rely on this table as the actual rules seem to vary depending on expat or visitor nationality, emirate of arrival, and any other random factors you can think of. Contact the DNRD helpline for official information (for Dubai), preferably two or three times to see if you get the same answer.

Type Length Cost Renew Effective Notes
Conference Visit Visa 30 days Dh100 no 01 Aug 2008  
Employment Visa 30 days       arranged by employer, not a work permit, entry only
Exhibition Visa         see Conference Visa
Family visit visa 30/90 days Dh620* no* 01 Aug 2008 *possibly yes, Dh1120 for 90 days, min salary
Family Visit Visa 60 days Dh100   not available min 3-6k salary requirement, Dh2000 deposit
Friend Visit Visa 30 days     01 Aug 2008 min 10k salary, Dh1000 deposit, not confirmed
Friend Visit Visa 60 days Dh100   not available min 3-6k salary requirement, Dh2000 deposit
Investor Visa 3 yrs Dh300     invest Dh70k in partnership with UAE National
Maid visa UAE 1 yr Dh5100 yes    
Medical Visit Visa 90 days Dh1000 yes, 1x 01 Aug 2008 renewal Dh500
Mission Entry Visa 14 days Dh220 no not available only from hotels or companies
Mission Visa 90 days Dh600 yes, 1x not available renewal Dh1200, need Temporary Work Permit first?
Mission Visa 90 days Dh200 no (yes?) 01 Aug 2008 cost 600 dhs? renewable for 500 dhs?
Mission Visa business 14 days* Dh320 no   *possibly 14 days, intended for professionals on short business trip
Multi-entry Visa 180 days Dh1000   not available 30 day max per visit, company application only
Multi-entry visa 180 days Dh2000 yes, ?x 01 Aug 2008 14 day max stay each visit
Parent residence visa 1 yr Dh100 yes 01 Aug 2008 deposit Dh5000, need special FNRD permission
Relative Visa         see Family Visa
Residents Permit         see Residence Visa
Residence Visa 3 yrs   yes   employer or sponsor should arrange
Residence Visa property 3 yrs Dh5000* yes   *estimated, may vary (no longer valid)
Residence visa property 6 mths Dh2000 yes 01 Jun 2009 Validity period might be 180 days, conditions apply.
Residence visa family 1-3 yrs   yes   Dh5000 deposit needed for parents
Student Visa (residence)         ask college or university when applying for entry
Student Visit Visa 60 days Dh1000 yes, 2x 01 Aug 2008 UAE university registration, renewal Dh500
Tourist Visa 30 days Dh120 no not available only from hotels and tour operators
Tourist Visa 30 days Dh110 yes? 1x 01 Aug 2008 only from hotels and tour operators
Transit Visa 96 hours Dh30 no not available might be free - conflicting information seen
Transit Visa 96 hours Dh100 no 01 Aug 2008 need outbound ticket, some reports say 14 days
Visit Visa 30 days 30 days Dh500 no 01 Aug 2008  
Visit Visa 30/60 days 30 days free* yes, 1x   *free visit visa countries, 30 days from Jan 2009, see UAE visa run
Visit Visa 60 days 60 days   yes, 2x not available  
Visit Visa 90 days 90 days Dh1000 no 01 Aug 2008  
Visit Visa GCC* 30 days Dh100 yes, 1x 01 Aug 2008 renewal Dh500, *GCC nationals / citizens
Visit Visa GCC* 30 days Dh100 yes, 1x 01 Aug 2008 renewal Dh200, *visitors with GCC nationals
Visit Visa extension 30 days Dh500 no not available  
Visit visa renewal 30 days free* unknown   *only for visit visa on arrival nationalities
Work Permit         not a visa, employer arranges after arrival in UAE
Work Visa         see Work Permit or Employment Visa
  • This information is correct to the best of our knowledge as of 18 May 2010
  • * in "Effective" column means that visa type is expected to be no longer available after 01 August 2008.
  • * Residence Visas available via property purchases are in a state of flux with some reports saying they are not available. Whatever the true story is, no developer can "guarantee" a visa, and never could. They could only ever apply on your behalf to the UAE immigration / residency department, which would make the final decision.
  • Nationalities eligible for free visit visas on arrival will continue to be able to receive them after 01 August 2008, according to statements reported on 09 June 2008.
  • Visitors from countries which get a visit visa on arrival may still have a 60 day visit visa after 01 August 2008, even though passport will be stamped with a 30 day visa. Or it might really be only 30 days. Ask when you arrive how long it's valid for ... and tell others in the visit visa discussion. Or worse, the stamp says 60 days but it's only valid 30 days - see UAE visit visa validity period.
  • If "Effective" column is empty, then that visa type will continue to be available as far as we know.
  • Most Visit Visas will require a deposit of 1000-2000 dhs to be left with the Naturalisation and Residency Department, refunded after visitor departs the UAE.
  • Limitations on renewal for free visit visas supposed to be 2x according to some reports but that information out of date from August 2009. The visit visa on arrival can be extended once for 30 days at the immigration department for a fee (about AED 600 in 2009), or do a Hatta visa run to obtain a new visa (or go to any convenient land border crossing).
  • Employers are required to arrange and pay for employee residence visas and work permits (but not their families).
Change in visa rules 29 July 2008

29 July 2008 - New visa rules apply from 07:30 this morning (as opposed to 01 August as previously stated). Conflicting reports in the press, based on conflicting statements from various officials, left everyone confused. If you're from one of the visa on arrival countries, you'll probably have an easier time of it. Bring money for visa fees, patience, and politeness, and assume visa rules will be implemented randomly depending on the mood of the official you're dealing with at the entry point or visa office. Do not assume this table is correct as the actual rules seem to be in flux.

Last update Wednesday 01-Sep-2010
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