First things first, if you want to go on a trip to Dubai, you cannot obtain a Dubai visa. You need a UAE visa because Dubai is one of the Emirates in the United Arab Emirates. Now that we cleared this up, you can read about how you can get a UAE visa. The application method differs according to your nationality. If you are from a visa-exempt country (there are 44 of them), then you may not need a visa at all. At the same time, 22 nationalities qualify for the electronic visa system. As a result, you can apply online for a UAE visa, and you do not have to go to the nearest UAE embassy. The rest of the nationalities, however, have no other choice than submitting their visa application at diplomatic mission.
The easiest way for you to get a UAE visa is to use the services provided by iVisa. That, of course, if you qualify for the online visa. To check that out, all you need to do is access iVisa’s Visa Checker. If you are eligible, you can proceed to the application process.
To apply online, you need to provide a few things so that iVisa can handle the rest. Here is a list of what is required of you:
Valid passport – all applicants must have a passport that stays valid for at least 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.
Once you gather all of the above, you can continue and fill in the application form. That should not take you long, and if you need some help, iVisa provides support 24/7. The form has three steps. The first one will ask you to insert some personal information and some details about your trip. You must also select a processing time, which will determine the cost of your visa. You have three options:
Standard processing – your request is processed within 2 business days, and you need to spend $132 on your visa.
Rush processing – it takes only 24 hours for your application form to be processed, and you will be charged $162.
The second step will ask you to make the payment and a quick revision, and the third consists of additional documents upload. That is pretty much it. iVisa will handle the rest.
Travelers who are not eligible for a UAE e-visa need to go to the nearest embassy and apply. While the requirements for them may be similar, we recommend that you use the UAE visa information you find online for reference only. You would do better to call the embassy and ask your questions directly at the source.