When you travel to Dubai, you have multiple options when it comes to obtaining a visa. If you are not from a visa-exempt country, you can get a visa on arrival in Dubai, and if you want, you can apply online as well. That is if you are eligible. As for the visa on arrival, in order to get one at the airport, you need to fly with one of the approved airlines such as Emirates, Etihad, Air Arabia, Air Astana, Flydubai, Turkish Airlines, and Indigo Airlines. Of course, you can get a visa on arrival when you fly with these airlines when you visit the other Arab Emirates as well.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the alternative?
According to UAE’s visa policy, all nationalities that are eligible for a visa on arrival can also apply in advance using the electronic visa system the United Arab Emirates put in place in 2015. One of the companies that can help you apply online is iVisa. The company uses the services of Etihad, but you do not have to pick up your visa at their service counter at the airport. iVisa will send you the UAE visa via e-mail.
Do I need a visa to visit the UAE?
It will depend on your nationality. To check if you are eligible for a UAE eVisa, you can use our Visa Checker, just put in your country of origin and choose the UAE as your destination.
What is a UAE eVisa?
It is an official document that provides authorization to travel to and from the United Arab Emirates and is electronically linked to your passport.
How long can I stay in the UAE with an eVisa?
Visitors with an eVisa can enter to the UAE for a maximum of 30 days in Total for a Single Entry. Your visit is strictly limited to business or tourism, so you can NOT seek paid work or employment.
What are the documents required to apply?
The first thing you need to do is to see whether or not you meet the requirements. However, you do not have to worry because they are easy to achieve. Here is what you must provide so that iVisa can expedite your visa:
Valid passport – all applicants are required to have a passport that maintains its validity for at least another 6 months from the date of arrival in UAE.
A passport scan – make sure that the scan in JPEG format.
Passport photo – the photograph needs to meet the standards of a passport photo. Make sure that it is taken against a white background, and you look straight at the camera. Do not wear glasses, and headwear is not allowed unless you have religious reasons.
Valid e-mail address – when you apply online, a copy of your visa will be sent to you via e-mail. Make sure that you have access to your account since you need to print out the visa.
Means of payment – you will be asked to make the payment during the application process, which is why you need a method of online payment. iVisa accepts credit/debit cards, PayPal, WeChat, and Alipay.
Keep in mind that children, even the ones that travel in your lap, need their own visa, so you need to provide a photo for them, a copy of the passport, and a birth certificate in English or Arabic.
How long is the UAE eVisa valid?
The UAE eVisa is valid for 60 days after issued.
What are the processing times and prices?
Three options are available:
Standard processing – your visa application is processed within 7 Business Days, and the price is USD 134.00 (service fees included).
Rush processing – you will receive your visa within 5 Business Days, and the total price of it is USD 164.00 (service fees included).
Super rush processing – this is the fastest option. You will get your eVisa in only 3 Business Days, and you will be charged USD 194.00 (service fees included).
Click here to start your application.
How long does it take to apply for a UAE eVisa?
You only need to fill in the application form with your information and it will take you less than 10 minutes. Then, iVisa will take care of the rest. Shortly, we will notify you about the status of your application.
How can I apply for a UAE eVisa?
The application for a UAE eVisa has only three easy steps:
The first step will ask you to fill in your general information. You also need to choose the processing time from the options mentioned above.
The second step will ask you to revise step one and make the payment.
The last step consists of a questionnaire. It is at this point when you need to upload your passport scan. Other documents may be required as well, but it depends on personal circumstances.
Click here to start. After you are done, you submit your form and wait for your visa to arrive. In case you need assistance to fill your application, iVisa has a fantastic support service that you can call 24/7.
Do I need to get a UAE eVisa for my kids too?
Yes. All foreign citizens wishing to travel to the UAE require a visa, even kids. Parents can apply for their children in conjunction with their own applications.
How can I apply for my family or friends?
You can perfectly apply for friends or family. Just make sure you have all the required documents (you can see above in this article). If you are applying for only one friend or family member, just apply here introducing his or her data. In case you need to apply for more than one person, you can do so by clicking on ‘Add new applicant’ in the application form and completing the data required.
What can I do if I make a mistake in my application?
Mistakes are always possible. If this is your case, then please contact our customer service representatives as soon as possible to assist you.
Your eVisa is linked to your passport number, if we already submitted your application, then you can NOT make any changes and you will have to apply again but we will NOT charge you another service fee.
Is it safe to use iVisa to get my UAE eVisa?
iVisa provides maximum safety for your personal data, confidentiality, and we invest a lot in the security of our database. Your personal information could not be safer. You can check the testimonials of hundreds of happy customers here.