The consulate section of the United Arab Emirates Embassy is responsible for authenticating certificates, documents, processing visa applications and other notaries services.
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 you 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 certain laws in the United Arab Emirates on money laundering.
Irish Citizens – Visit Visa
Citizens of Ireland 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 airport in the UAE. Although the visa may be stamped for 30 days, it entitles the holder to stay in the country for 60 days and may be renewed once for an additional period of 30 days for a fee of Dh500.
All visitors should have a valid return travel ticket and a passport valid for a minimum period of six months.
Resident visas and work permits are issued by the relevant authorities in the UAE after an application from a prospective employer.
Types of Visas:
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nationals do not require a visa to enter the UAE.
Passport holders of the countries listed below do not require a prior visa in order to enter the United Arab Emirates for business or tourist visits lasting 30 days. These passport holders will receive a one-month non-renewable visa on arrival.
Europe: France , Italy , Germany , the Netherlands , Belgium , Luxembourg , Switzerland , Austria , Sweden , Norway , Denmark , Portugal , Ireland , Greece , Finland , Spain , Monaco , Vatican , Iceland , Andorra , San Marino , Liechtenstein.
Other Countries: United States of America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
If you do NOT fall into one of the above categories, you will require a visa and a sponsor for your visit. Please contact the Consulate Section for more information.
Short Visit Visa
Except for citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council who do not require a visa and nationalities automatically entitled to visit visas on entry, all other visitors who wish to stay longer than 14 days in the UAE must obtain a visit visa in advance through a sponsor. The sponsor can be your travel agency, your hotel, the company or department with which you are doing business in the UAE, or an individual (e.g. a relative or friend resident in the UAE).
You can pick up this visit visa on arrival at the airport, The Visa is valid for two months before entering the UAE and it entitles the holder to stay in the Country for 30 days and is non-renewable. A fee of 500 Dirham plus a Dh10 delivery charge for this service. In order to complete your application, your sponsor will require your date of arrival, flight details, and a photocopy of the first few pages of your passport, which should be valid for at least six months.
A hotel will only provide a visa if you are a guest. For an individual to sponsor a visit visa, he or she must earn over Dh4000 per month and hold a valid residence visa. Your visit visa must be deposited at airport immigration one hour before the arrival of your flight. Note that your airline may require evidence (e.g. a photocopy) before departure that a valid visa awaits you on arrival.
Long Visit Visa
This visa has the same requirements as the Short Visit Visa but will cost Dh 1000 and entitles the holder to a 90 days stay in the country.
Multiple Entry Visa
This visa, often used by business people who are frequent visitors to the UAE, entitles the holder to multiple entries into the country for a period of six months from day of issuance with a stay of no more than 14 days each time. The Visa will cost Dh2000.
This special category of visit visa is available for individual tourists from East and West Europe who are not entitled to a visa on arrival, as well as visitors from Thailand, South Africa and China. The tourist visa, which must be sponsored by hotels and tour operators, entitles its holder to a 30-day stay and is non-renewable. The fee is Dh100, with an additional Dh10 for delivery.
All passengers passing through UAE airports while flying to or from Europe, United States, Asia or Africa can obtain a special 96-hour transit visa, which is sponsored by an airline operating in the UAE. The traveler must have a valid ticket for onward flight and the duration between the two trips is not less than 8 hours.
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.
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 emirate. 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 not renewable.
This 14-day non-renewable visa is issued to businessmen and professionals. It must be sponsored by a company or its consultant or a licensed hotel. Fee is AED 320 and a deposit of AED 1000, refundable upon departure of the sponsored person.
For more information contact the Consulate at the Embassy.
General Contact Information
General Contact Information
Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
45-47 Pembroke Road
Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday: 09:00 to 16:00
Consular Services: Visas, Passports & Legalisation
Monday – Friday: 09:30 to 12:30