Visas

Visas

The consulate section of the United Arab Emirates Embassy is responsible for authenticating certificates, documents, processing visa applications for Diplomatic and Official passport holders and other notaries services.

 

General Information

 

Information concerning visa requirements for those wishing to travel to the UAE is listed below. However visa regulations and costs are subject to change and should always be checked with your travel agent or local UAE Embassy before traveling. Do not overstay your visa as this will result in detention and fines. 

 

Declaring cash and monetary/ financial bearer instruments when traveling to the UAE

 

Travelers arriving to or departing from the United Arab Emirates have to declare the sum of cash and monetary/ financial bearer instruments they are carrying with them through filling out a special form; in cases the sum is more than 100 000 Dirham or its equal in a foreign currency. If the person is caught carrying an amount of cash or monetary/ financial bearer instruments exceeding this limit, without declaring it, the customs authority will confiscate and consign it to the public prosecution department to take the right legal actions against the concerned person according to the laws in the United Arab Emirates on money laundering.

 

 Irish Citizens – Visit Visa

 

Citizens of Ireland holding a full Irish passport (travel documents are not accepted) will be granted a free of charge visit visa on arrival in the UAE. No application in advance of travel is necessary. Your passport will simply be stamped with the visit visa as you pass through Immigration at any of the International airports in the UAE. The visa is valid for 30 days. If you wish to stay longer, you may request the Immigration Officer at the airport or contact the local  General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs three days prior to the expiry date (chargeable services).

 

To ensure entry, please be sure you have the following:

 

  1. Original passport signed by the bearer, should not expire within six (6) months from the expected time of arrival in the UAE.  
  2. Confirmed round-trip airline ticket or airline ticket to other destination(s). 

 

Types of Visas: 

 

  

Visit Visa

 

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nationals do not require a visa to enter the UAE.

Passport holders (travel documents are not accepted) of the countries listed below will be granted a free of charge visit visa on arrival in the UAE. No application in advance of travel is necessary. Your passport will simply be stamped with the visit visa as you pass through Immigration at any of the International airports in the UAE. The visa is valid for 30 days. If you wish to stay longer, you may request the Immigration Officer at the airport or contact the local  General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs three days prior to the expiry date (chargeable services).

To ensure entry, please be sure you have the following:

 

  1. Original passport signed by the bearer, should not expire within six (6) months from the expected time of arrival in the UAE.  
  2. Confirmed round-trip airline ticket or airline ticket to other destination(s). 

 

Andorra 
Australia 
Austria 
Belgium 
Brunei 
Bulgaria 
Canada 
Croatia 
Cyprus 
Czech Republic 
Denmark 
Estonia 
Finland 
France 
Germany 
Greece 

Hong Kong  
Hungary 
Iceland 
Ireland  
Italy 
Japan 
Latvia 
Liechtenstein 
Lithuania 
Luxembourg 
Malaysia 
Malta 
Monaco 
Netherlands 
New Zealand 
Norway

Poland 
Portugal 
Romania 
San Marino 
Singapore 
Slovakia 
Slovenia 
South Korea 
Spain 
Sweden 
Switzerland 
United Kingdom 
United States of America 
Vatican City

 

If you are not one of the above nationalities:

1- Visit Visa sponsored by (The private sector, friends, family and relatives)

You need to request for the visa Through Your Sponsor (Host) by sending a copy of your passport (Travel Documents are not accepted) and a copy of your immigration status to your sponsor (host) to process your visa from the local immigration office in UAE. This process will take about 7-10 working days. Make sure to receive a copy of your visa by fax or Email from the sponsor (host) before your departure. Original visas can be collected at the airport in the United Arab Emirates on your arrival.

 

2- Tourist Visa

The Embassy does not issue Tourist Visas. Hotels in the UAE can sponsor their clients and apply for their visas to come to UAE but be sure to get a copy of this visa from the hotel before traveling to the United Arab Emirates.

 

3- Transit Visa ( 96 hours )

The Embassy does not issue Transit Visa. You should contact the airline company (Emirates Airlines & Etihad Airways only) that will fly you to the UAE and enquire from them about the possibility of obtaining a transit visa. The traveler must have a valid ticket for onward flight and the duration between the two trips is not less than 8 hours.

  

Student Visa 
 

Student visas must be sponsored by one of the licensed Universities or Educational Institutions in the UAE, which are recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education. 

 

Medical Treatment

 

Patients seeking medical treatment in the UAE must be sponsored by medical establishments, both in public and private sectors, and approved by the Ministry of Health or Health Authority of the Emirates. Visas in this category are valid for 60 days from the date of arrival and can be renewed twice for 60 day periods. 

Exhibitions / Festivals / Conferences

 

Visas in this category must be sponsored by the organizers of the events in both public and private establishments. Visas in this category are valid for only 30 days from the date of arrival and are not renewable.