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| Updated on Nov 2, 2018

Can I get a visa on arrival in Dubai?

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.

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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.

How to apply online for a UAE visa?

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.

Once the requirements are crossed off the list, you need to fill in an application. That should not take you more than 15 minutes, and if you are having troubles completing it, iVisa has an excellent support service that is available 24/7. You will receive your visa in as little as 2 hours, depending on what processing time you select during the application process.

So while a visa on arrival is available in Dubai, we recommend that you apply online for your peace of mind. Once you get your UAE visa, you do not have to worry about standing in line at the service counter. You just get off the plane and enjoy your trip.

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