Visas

Please note that there will be no Legalisation & Visa services on Friday, 24th November 2017 due to network maintenance.

Please note that on the auspicious occasion of the Birth of the Prophet and in the observance of the Commemoration Day and the 46th UAE National Day, the UAE Embassy in the UK will be closed on Thursday, 30 November and Friday, 1 December 2017.

 

The Embassy will resume its activities as usual on Monday, 4th December 2017.

 

 

Visa Department


Important: The UAE embassy in London does not issue visitor/tourist visas


Visa Information


British Passport Holders


Holders of full British passports (travel documents are not accepted) will be granted a free of charge visitor/tourist visa upon arrival in the UAE. No application in advance of travel is needed. Your passport will be stamped with the visa as you pass through Immigration at any of the International airports in the UAE.


The visa issued at the airport for British passports holders is valid for 30 days – plus a 10 day grace period. If you wish to stay longer, you may make a request with the Immigration Officer at the airport or contact the local General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs at least three days prior to the expiry date (chargeable services).


Passport Validity: Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into the UAE.


Important: British Overseas Territory passports require visas to be arranged before travel for entry to the UAE

 


Nationalities who do not require visa before travel to the UAE


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


(B) Passport holders of the countries listed below will be granted a free of charge 30 day visa on arrival in the UAE. No application in advance of travel is needed. Your passport will be stamped with the visit visa as you pass through Immigration at any of the International airports in the UAE.


Andorra

Australia

Brunei

Canada

Hong Kong

Ireland

Japan

Malaysia

Monaco

New Zealand

People's Republic of China

Russian Federation

San Marino

Singapore

South Korea

United Kingdom

United Statesof America

Vatican City


(C) Passport holders of the countries listed below will be granted a free of charge 90 day multiple entry visit visa on arrival in the UAE, valid for 6 months from the date of issue, and for a stay of 90 days in total. No application in advance of travel is needed. Your passport will be stamped with the visit visa as you pass through Immigration at any of the International airports in the UAE.


Austria

Belgium

Bulgaria

Croatia

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Hungary

Iceland

Italy Latvia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Malta

Netherlands

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Seychelles

Slovakia

Slovenia

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland


Passport Validity: Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into the UAE.

 

 


Nationalities that require a visa to be arranged before travel to the UAE


Important: The UAE embassy in London does not issue visitor/tourist visas


You will require a visa to be arranged before travel, if you hold a passport which is not stated in the lists above. The UAE embassy in London does not issue visitor/tourist visas. To submit a visa application you will need a sponsor for your application. The following are valid sponsors:


Hotels/Travel Agents

Some hotels in the UAE are able to sponsor tourist/visitor visas for their clients. Please get in touch with your prospective hotel and follow the relevant procedures. It is advisable to contact the hotel before making a booking.
In addition, travel agents can also assist in obtaining tourist/visitor visa.


Fly Emirates or Etihad Airways

Both Fly Emirates and Etihad Airways can assist and are able to sponsor their clients for tourist/visitor visas. Please contact them and follow there relevant procedures. It is advisable to contact the airline before making a booking.


Friends/relatives residing in the UAE

Friends/relatives can apply for a visa as your sponsor through the local immigration office in the UAE.


 

Holders of Travel documents

 

Holders of a “travel document” will not be permitted to enter the UAE, and will be required to arrange a visa on their respective FULL passports before traveling to the UAE.

 


Diplomatic and High Commission Visa Requests

 

The requests for visas submitted by embassies and high commissions are received and processed by the the consular section of the UAE embassy during the working hours: Monday to Friday- from 9:00 till 16:00


The following is required


- A written request (Note Verbal) from the embassy or high commission stating the applicants: details, purpose and dates of travel
- A completed and signed application form for each applicant. Please request this form via email: LondonEMB.Visa@mofaic.gov.ae
- 2 recent passport size photos.
- A Passport valid for at least 6 months from the expected date of arrival.
- The applicants contact information (mobile, Email address).


Processing time is 4-6 working days. No charge is applicable for visa’s requested by embassies and high commissions.

 


Entry Permits for Lost Passports

Those who hold a UAE residents visa, and have had their passports lost/stolen are required to apply for an “Entry Permit” to enable re-entry to the UAE. This can be done through the Consular section at the UAE Embassy. The requests for entry permits are received and processed by the consular section of the UAE embassy during the working hours: 9:00 till 16:00, Monday to Friday


The following documents are required:


- A completed and signed application form. Please request this form via email: LondonEMB.Visa@mofaic.gov.ae
- A copy of the old passport.
- A copy of the new passport.


Important: The new passport must be a full passport valid for at least 5 years. Emergency passports are not accepted.


- A copy of UAE resident permit.
- A copy of UAE ID card.
- 1 passport sized photo.
- An application fee.
- Lost/stolen report: The report can be obtained from the following website: (https://www.reportmyloss.com//). Once you are issued with the report, follow these steps:


Important: Ensure that the report includes the lost passport number.


1- Print the report
2- Have the report notarized by a Notary Public
3- Have the report legalized by the British Foreign Commonwealth office (FCO). For further details please visit their website: https://www.gov.uk/get-document-legalise.
4- Translate the report into Arabic (Does not have to be an official translation).


The documents must be delivered to the consulate in person. Processing time is 4-6 working days.

 

 

Other Visa Types


Student and internship Visa’s

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 Visa’s

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.


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.

 

General Contact Information

 
Address General Contact Information
48 Prince's Gate
London
SW7 2 QA
Tel: +442075811281
Fax: +442075840989
 

Last Updated: 14 November 2017