About the Consulate
The consulate section of the United Arab Emirates Embassy is responsible for authenticating certificates, documents, processing visa applications and other notarial services.
General Contact Information
Head of Consular Affairs: Mr. Mohammed Ahmed Helal Thabet Alkuwaiti
General Contact Information
48 Prince's Gate
SW7 2 QA
Telephone Enquiry Line: Monday -Friday, 13.30-15:00
Contact Information by Department
Monday – Friday: 10:00 to 15:00
(Visas,Passports & Legalization)
Monday – Friday:
10:00 to 13:30 (Document Submission)
14:00 to 15:00 (Document Collection)
Telephone Enquiry Line:
Open from 13:30-15:00 Monday - Friday
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 travelling. Do not overstay your visa as this will result in detention and fines.
UK Citizens - Visit Visa
Citizens of the UK (with right of abode in the UK) will be granted a free of charge visit visa on arrival in the UAE. No application in advance of travel is necessary. Please note that your passport will be stamped for 30 days upon arrival. If further stay is required an application for an extension should be made to the local General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs three days prior to the expiry date (chargeable services).
The British Diplomatic and official passport holders, as well as the Queen's Messenger are exempt from obtaining a visa in advance to enter the United Arab Emirates as of 15th April 2011. This also applies to the UAE Diplomatic and Official passport holders, who will be exempt from obtaining a visa in advance to enter the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.
Please note that holders of British Overseas Citizens Passport who do not have the right of abode in the UK do need visas to enter the UAE.
All visitors should have a valid return travel ticket and a passport valid for a minimum period of six months for tourism and employment.
Resident visas and work permits are issued by the relevant authorities in the UAE after an application from a prospective employer.
Types of Visas
Please note that different types of visas are issued only by the relevant authorities in 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.
Any other Citizens then the Gulf Cooperation Council states citizens will require a visa in advance through local hotels, or their relatives or business associates.
Please contact the Consulate Section for more information.
Stop at Transit
Any person transiting less than 12 hours can stop at the airport until they make their connection, provided they have a visa and confirmed ticket to their next destination.
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 £100 plus a £2 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 £800 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 £200 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 £400.
For more information, please contact the Consulate at the Embassy.
For Visa application form, please click here