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Nationalities are Eligible For UAE Visa On Arrival


Nationalities are Eligible For UAE Visa On Arrival

Are you wondering if and how you can get a visa upon arrival in the UAE? The UAE offers citizens from more than 65 countries worldwide the opportunity to obtain a visa on arrival. Here, we will guide which nationalities are eligible for a UAE visa on arrival. We will also navigate through visa-on-arrival types, required documents, cost factors, application procedures, and options for the rest of the nationalities.

What is a UAE visa on arrival?


The UAE visa on arrival is a type of UAE tourist visa. It's different from a prearranged visit visa to the UAE. Specific nationalities receive this visa upon arrival at Emirates airports. The term "visa on arrival" speaks for itself.

Visa on arrival (VOA) is the key to flourishing the UAE's tourism sector. VOA simplifies and accelerates the entry process for visitors. Rapid and convenient tourist entry boosts the country's tourism, eventually skyrocketing the overall economy.

Nationalities eligible for a UAE on-arrival Visa


Nationalities from about 70 countries are eligible for a UAE visa on arrival. These countries scatter all over the world map. We have grouped them into four categories.

European countries


Andorra, Austria, Azerbaijan (partly in Asia), Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia (partly in Asia), San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Vatican City, and Ukraine are eligible for UAE on arrival visa.

Asian and Oceanian countries


  • Asia: Azerbaijan (partly in Europe), Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, and South Korea.
  • Oceania: Australia, New Zealand, and Solomon Islands.

Caribbean and Island Nation countries


  • Caribbean: Bahamas and Barbados
  • Island Nations: Kiribati, Nauru, and Seychelles.

North, South, and Central American countries


  • North: Canada, Mexico, and the United States of America (USA)
  • South: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay
  • Central: Costa Rica.

Types of UAE visa on arrival: validity and extensions


The Visa on arrival varies from one nationality to another. Most nationalities get a 90-day visa on arrival, while some get 30 days. Let's find out which countries fall into the 30- and 90-day categories. However, only two nationalities are eligible for a 14 and 180-day visa upon arrival.

14-day visa


This 14-day visa on arrival is specially for Indian passport holders with residency visas from the UK, US, and European countries. It allows for a 14-day stay, with the option to extend for an additional 14 days. (We will elaborate on this topic in the later sections.)

30-day visa 


This VOA is effective for 30 days from the date of entry. It allows an extra 30-day extension. Visitors get a 10-day grace period for extensions. This is a multi-entry visa. The following are the countries whose citizens are eligible for this visa:

Andorra, Australia, Brunei, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Macau, Malaysia, Mauritius, Monaco, New Zealand, Singapore, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Vatican City.

90-day visa


The 90-day visa is valid for exactly 90 days from the first entry. However, the consumption period and extendibility vary from country to country. For instance, a Brazilian national can use his visa within 365 days from the first entry, and extensions are not possible. An Israeli citizen, on the other hand, receives an extendable visa valid for 90 days. Slovenian nationals must use their visa within 180 days of their first entry, as it is not extendable.

The countries that made the 90-day on arrival visa cut are Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Nauru, Netherlands, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia (partly in Asia), San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Uruguay.

180-day visa


Mexico is the only country that gets a 180-day on-arrival visa in the UAE. Mexicans are more fortunate because their visas are extendable. However, they should obtain their visa within 180 days of initial entry. There are no grace periods for visa extensions. This implies that one should extend a visa before its expiration.

Generally, the visa on arrival is free in the UAE. Still, some conditions may incur charges. The UAE authorities determine how the various visa costs differ.


Costs for different visas on arrival


  • 14-day visa on arrival will cost AED 120. Further 14-day extension will cost AED 250.
  • 30-day visa is usually free. The extension can cost you up to AED 1000.
  • Any Emirates International airport will process a 90-day visa free of charge upon arrival.
  • 180-day visa on arrival is also free.
The extension fee for 90 and 810-day visas is not explicitly published by the UAE authorities. It can be because most of these VOAs aren't extendable.

Documents required to obtain visa-on arrival in UAE


The documents required to obtain a visa on arrival at Emirates airports can vary from one nationality to another. However, the commonly required documents are:

  • Recently clicked passport-sized photograph,
  • Passport with at least six months remaining in its validity,
  • Valid health insurance
  • Return ticket (proof of onward travel).
Dubai visit visa new rules today can differ from yesterday's and tomorrow's requirements. Visit the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) website for up-to-date information on visa requirements and the application process.


Visa types in the UAE


Tourist (visit) visas and residency visas are the two main categories of UAE visas. Tourist visas are temporary and can last up to 180 days. Residency visas can have up to 10 years of validity with extension options.

Tourist Visa:


  • 30 or 60-day valid single-entry visa
  • 30 or 60-day valid multiple-entry visa
  • 5-year valid multiple-entry long-term visa
  • 48 or 96-hour transit visa
  • eVisa for GCC nationals

Residency visa:


  • Golden visa: 5–10 years of validity.
  • Green visa: Up to 5 years of validity.
  • Employment visa: 2-3 years of validity.
  • Investor visa: 3–10 years of validity:
  • Student visa: Depends on the duration, of course.
  • Retirement visa: 5 years of validity.
  • Family visa: Depends on the sponsor's visa's validity.
  • Domestic worker: 2 years of validity.


Visa-free visit for GCC nationals


The UAE, as a member of the GCC, permits GCC nationalities to enter the country without a visa. However, visitors are required to obtain an E-visa (online visa) before entering the Emirates. You can obtain this visa from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA) website. It is valid for 30 days from the date of issuance. Also, 30-day extension is possible. There are no fees associated with it.


Nationalities from nearly 70 countries are eligible for visas upon arrival in the UAE. They all require certain set of documents. Most visas are free, but there will be fees for extensions. Make sure you meet all requirements for VOA when you fly to Dubai. If not, they may restrict your entry. Pre-arranged visas are the only alternative to a visa on arrival.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Can Indian nationals get a visa on arrival in the UAE?


An Indian national (residing in India) cannot get a visa on arrival in the UAE. However, the UAE government grants 14-day VOA for Indians with a USA-issued visit visa, USA's Green Card, UK's residence visa, and EU's residence visa. A visa on arrival in Dubai, UAE for Indians is possible only if the above-mentioned criteria are met. Otherwise, a prearranged UAE visa for Indians is the last resort.

How can you apply for a visa on arrival in the UAE?


The visa on arrival is completely different from the prearranged visa. You don't need to apply for this visa. All you need to do is arrive at any of the Emirates airports that grant on-arrival visas. Present all required documents at immigration. The authorities will grant you a visa then and there. You should stay updated and informed about the documents and other requirements to avoid complications when you land in the Emirates. The best solution is to ask about it at your home country's UAE embassy. They have the most up-to-date information. The UAE's GDRFA's official website can also be a good source of information.


What if the list of eligible countries for visa-on-arrival does not include my country?


The UAE allows all nationalities to enter with a tourist visa, whether it be a visa on arrival or prearranged. On-arrival visa applies to about 36% of the countries worldwide. Thus, nationalities from most of the remaining countries should opt for a prearranged visa. If your country isn't on the UAE's list of countries eligible for visas upon arrival, you cannot do anything about it. For visitation purposes, a prearranged visa is the best choice. It might be a daunting task, but it's the only way for a tourist.


How to apply for a prearranged visa in the UAE?


You can check your eligibility for a tourist visa on the GDRFA's website. The UAE embassy in your country is the most reliable source. Inquire there, and prepare all the documents and payment methods accordingly. Several airlines (Fly Dubai, Emirates, Air Arabia, and Etihad Airways), 3, 4, or 5-star hotels where you plan to stay, licensed travel agencies and tour operators, families and friends, and organizations and companies can apply for your visa on your behalf. The UAE government online visa website links you to one of these airlines or hotels, so opting for airlines can be a good decision.


Do I need a visa to Dubai with a US green card?


Yes, even with your US Green Card, you need a visa to enter Dubai. Indian passport holders with a US Green Card get a visa on arrival valid for 14 days and extendable for the same period.

Which countries have visa-free entry to the UAE?


Citizens of GCC countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Oman) have visa-free entry to the UAE. They don't need visas like other nationalities. However, they also require an eVisa before coming to the Emirates.

Can I visit the UAE without a visa?


No, you cannot visit the UAE without a visa. You require either a tourist visa or a type of residency visa to visit the Emirates. Visas are mandatory for all nationalities, except for GCC nationals.

Note: The information in this article was accurate at the time of writing. This can vary or change with time, as it is a dynamic topic. Please refer to the GDRFA's official website for accurate and updated information.


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Published at: Sun, May 12, 2024 2:01 PM

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