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Dubai UAE multiple entry visas

Multiple entry visas for Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, UAE

UAE entry permits (or visas) are issued as a single entry visa, or multiple entry visa. A single entry visa can only be used once. If a person enters Abu Dhabi, Dubai, or another entry port in the UAE with a visit visa, tourist visa, or transit visa, then after exiting the UAE they must apply for a new entry permit before visiting the country again. This sometimes causes problems for visitors who go to Oman, or another neighbouring country, for a short vist while staying in Dubai for a longer period of time, since visitors must wait 30 days before reapplying for a new UAE visit visa, unless they are from one of the UAE visa on arrival countries.

New UAE multiple entry visit visa (November 2012)
New UAE multi-entry visa (from 01 August 2008)

09 June 2008 update: A 180 day multi entry visa (unknown if 180 days or 6 months), costing 2000 dhs is valid for visits of less than 14 days. Renewable for another 6 months for 2000 dhs. Unknown how long you have to stay away between visits. Some reports say the length of each stay can be 30 days maximum but that appears to be old information. The Gulf News newspaper reported that the UAE Federal Naturalisation and Residency Department (FNRD) Director General, Lt. Gen. Mohammad Salem Al Khaili, said "... and a person can stay in the country for 14 days at a stretch."

Dubai multiple entry visa table
Visa applicant Validity period Maximum stay Charges Apply to Sponsor
New multi-entry permit² 180 days 14 days AED 2000 UAE immigration Unknown
Business traveller 6 months 14 or 30 days AED 1000 UAE immigration Yes
Property owner 6 months   AED 2000 UAE immigration Unknown
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German¹ 1-2 years 90 days AED 1500 UAE embassy No
American (US)¹ 1-10 years 180 days Free UAE embassy Yes
Resident 1-3 years     UAE immigration Yes
Multiple Entry Visit Visa Types for Dubai and UAE
  1. This information appears to be still current according to official UAE government websites (although the relevant page was last updated in 2003), but as German and North American citizens can obtain a 30-day visit visa on arrival at no charge, and easily do a Hatta visa run when it expires, the multi-entry visa option has less appeal, and might not be available anyway. No information is obvious on the DNRD website as of June 2006.
  2. A new multiple entry visit visa was announced in conjunction with a major revamp of the UAE visa rules in July 2008. It's not clear if the previous business traveller multi-entry visa is still valid also. The DNRD website appears to indicate it is, but fees are slightly higher at AED 1120.
UAE residence permits are multi-entry visas
Documents required for multi-entry UAE visas

Documents required will vary depending on type of visa, and probably a few other random unrelated events such as what the immigration official had for breakfast on the day you present him or her your documents. In general, you will need:

Application procedure for UAE multi-entry visa
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