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What is the UAE visa policy?

What is the UAE visa policy?
iVisa | Updated on Aug 23, 2019

Each country has its own visa policy, and each government determines the rules by which foreigners need to abide in order to go across the borders. The United Arab Emirates is no different. The UAE visa policy is not the most lenient, but it is not the most severe either. It is somewhere in-between. It has multiple categories of people that can travel under different rules, but one of the things that we can all appreciate is that the UAE visa policy embraces the electronic visa system, which means that some nationalities can apply online for a UAE visa.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do I need a visa to visit the UAE?

It will depend on your nationality. There are some visa-exempt countries and just some others that can apply for a visa online. You can check your eligibility by using our Visa Checker. Just choose your country of origin and the United Arab Emirates as your destination and information will unfold.

What is a UAE eVisa?

It is an official document which provides authorization to travel to and from the United Arab Emirates and is electronically linked to your passport.

How long is the UAE Tourist Visa valid for?

This Tourist Visa is valid for 60 days after issued. This means you must enter UAE within this period. Additionally, it is a Single Entry Visa and allows for a maximum stay of 30 days Total.

What are the documents required to apply?

Prior to application, we recommend that you put together all the documents you are required to provide. This is a short list, and it is probable that you already have everything you need.

  • Passport scan in JPEG format.

  • Passport photo.

  • Credit/debit card or Paypal account.

For children traveling with parents:

  • Passport scan.

  • Passport photo.

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

What are the processing times and prices?

One of the common concerns about electronic visas is the cost. With iVisa, applicants have three available options when it comes to processing time and this will determine the price. The three options are:

  • Standard processing – your visa application is processed within 7 days, and the price is USD 134.00 (service fees included).

  • Rush processing – you will receive your visa within 5 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 UAE Visa in only 72 hours, and you will be charged USD 194.00 (service fees included).

Click here to start your application.

How does the UAE Tourist eVisa work?

Your UAE Tourist eVisa is issued electronically by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the UAE Government.

Travelers, travel agents, airlines and specialist service providers like us around the world can use the UAE eVisa system to process an eVisa. We enter the applicant's information into the UAE eVisa system and after they check it out, we are advised of the outcome of the eVisa application.

How long does it take to apply for a UAE eVisa?

Less than 10 minutes. That's all and you will need to send your application to UAE with iVisa. We will take care of the rest and shortly we will let you know the status of the application by email.

How can I apply for a UAE Tourist eVisa?

The application for it is really easy. It has only three steps:

  1. 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.

  2. The second step will ask you to revise step one and make the payment.

  3. The last step consists of a questionnaire and a photo upload. 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.

What happens after I have applied?

Once the application is done, you will receive your eVisa by email. No need to deal with the embassy. We do it for you so you don't lose valuable time. Next, present a printed version of your UAE Tourist eVisa along with your passport once you enter the country.

Do I need to get a UAE Tourist eVisa for my kids too?

Yes. All passengers, including children and infants, must have a visa to enter the UAE. This also includes infants traveling on their parents’ laps. We are unable to process visas for children endorsed on their parent’s passports.

How can I apply for my family or friends?

You can perfectly apply for friends or family. Just make sure to 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.

Do I need a UAE eVisa if I am in transit through the UAE?

If you will NOT leave the transit lounge at the airport while in the UAE, then you are not required to have an eVisa. Otherwise, if you wish to leave the airport, then you HAVE TO apply for a UAE Tourist eVisa.

How will I receive my visa?

Once approved, the visa will be sent by email, to the email address given at the start of the application process.

Are there any special rules or restrictions for female travelers?

Females under the age of 18 are only eligible to apply if traveling with their parents.

What can I do if I make a mistake in my application?

If you made a mistake when entering your data online then please contact our customer service representatives as soon as possible via online chat to assist you.

Your UAE Tourist 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 Tourist eVisa?

Many people think that online information leaks and that their personal info is at risk of getting into the wrong hands. However, that is not the case with our services. We provide 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 what hundreds of happy customers say about us here.

What are the benefits of applying for my visa through iVisa?

By applying with us, you do not have to find a local sponsor in the UAE (which is a requirement) and will receive a response in just a few days. You can also submit all the required documents and information and pay the relevant fee from home, without having to send documents by post or fax.

I have more unresolved questions, where can I find more info?

For a faster resolution click here and start chatting with one of our customer service representatives. Alternatively, you can find more info and FAQs here.

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