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In August 2015, The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Interior launched an online visa service. This visa system is an online method of applying for visas for entry from anywhere in the world. The transit visa applies to passengers transiting through Abu Dhabi International Airport for a period between 8 hours and 4 calendar days, provided they meet certain conditions.

The transit visa permits the holder to stay for up to four days. The transit visa issued through this service is sponsored by Etihad. They apply to all airlines and all airports in UAE. Simply provide the required information, documents and pay the visa fee online – no need to send documents by email or visit an office in person. Once your visa application is approved, you will receive an approved visa copy via email.

Transit Visa — WHAT DO YOU NEED?

  • Passport scan in JPEG format
  • Passport photo
  • Credit/debit card or Paypal account.
  • A confirmed onward booking to a 3rd destination/country
  • A confirmed hotel booking if stay is longer than 24 hours

Children traveling with parents:

  • Passport photo
  • Passport copy
  • Birth certificate in English or Arabic. Please note translated documents should be attested on the front page.

Transit Visa Requirements for United Arab Emirates


  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Transit Visa is valid for 14 days from the date of issue and it comes with a single entry.
  • The UAE Transit Visa is for short stays (4 days max).
  • All visas are sent by email, to the email address given at the start of the application process.
  • The UAE Immigration department requires all visitors to have a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of arrival. If your passport is valid for less than six months, you will need to renew it before you can apply for a visa and travel to the UAE.
  • All passengers, including children and infants must have a visa to enter the UAE. This also includes infants traveling on their parents’ laps.
  • To renew these visas, you have to exit the UAE and may re-enter on a new visa, assuming you meet the requirements.
  • If you overstay in the UAE without renewing your visa, you may face legal action and be required to pay a fine. Furthermore, it may not be possible to apply for a UAE visa in the future.
  • The transit visa issued through this service is sponsored by Etihad. It applies to all airlines and all airports in the UAE.
  • Processing times for UAE visas are approximately 24 hours, subject to your selected processing time option.
  • Please note that the following countries require that you obtain your UAE visa on arrival: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR of China), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, People’s Republic of China, Poland, Republic of Mauritius, Portugal, Romania, Russian, Saint Vincent and the, Grenadines, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Vatican, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America. Simply disembark your flight at Dubai International Airport and proceed to Immigration, where your passport will be stamped with a 30-day visit visa, free of charge. In addition to the countries listed above, citizens of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia are eligible for a visa on arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
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