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
Consul/3rd Secretary: Mr. Ali Abdulla Al Haj
General Contact Information
48 Princes Gate
SW7 2 QA
Telephone Enquiry Line: Open from 13:30-15:00 Monday - Friday
Contact Information by Department
Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday: 10:00 to 15:00
Consular Services: Visas, Passports & Legalisation
Monday – Friday: 09:30 to 12:00 (Document Subission)
14:30 to 15:30 (Document Collection)
Please note that in observance of the United Arab Emirates
42nd National Day, the UAE Embassy in the United Kingdom will be
closed on 2nd and 3rd December 2013. The Embassy will
resume its activities as usual on Wednesday, 4th December 2013.
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
Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) for UAE Nationals
UAE Embassy Announcment - As a result of the successful effort made by the United Arab Emirates government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other official channels, the Embassy of the UAE is pleased to announce that the British Home Office is to launch a new visa waiver scheme (EVW) on 1 January 2014.
The new EVW is free of charge and will be available along with the usual visa application system, which UAE nationals might prefer to use according to their needs and the length of their potential stay in the UK. However, the EVW will make it quicker and easier for UAE nationals to visit the UK by providing them with an instant entry permit, provided that they allow no less than 48 hours between application dates of entry.
The new scheme will not be available for UAE nationals who wish to study in the UK for longer than 6 months.
Details of the new EVW scheme:
All you need to know about the EVW:
1. It will be available for UAE nationals from 1 January 2014.
2. It is available for UAE passports holders only, escorts, staff and servants who hold foreign passports will have to apply for a normal UK visit Visa.
3. It can be completed online; it is free of charge.
4. It can be completed up to 3 months before the travel date and must be completed at least 48 hours before departure to the UK and will be issued automatically once the application is correctly submitted.
5. The permit will be valid for 6 months from the day of entry (180 days); it is a single entry permit; it will expire once the visitor leaves the UK to any other destination (for example to another EU country). If the visitors leave the UK and want to re-enter, they will have to apply for a separate EVW for that journey and they will need to allow 48 hours before they travel back to the UK.
6. Travellers will have to abide by journey details (flight date and time …etc ) that they entered on the EVW form, with the exception of flight delays by airlines, provided that delays do not exceed 8 hours; otherwise entry maybe denied upon arrival.
7. EVW permit holders will not need to fill in a Landing Card.
8. Applicants do not need to provide biometric information (photo and fingerprints), attend a visa application centre or hand in their passports.
9. Each traveller must present a paper copy of their EVW at the departure port and the UK port of arrival. The personal details on the EVW form must exactly match those shown in the passport used to travel to the UK.
10. Students who need to stay for longer than 6 months will have to apply for a Tier 4 visa.
11. Patients will have to apply for an extension in the event of having to stay for longer than 6 months, while already there, due to medical needs.
To register online for the Electronic Visa Waiver please visit: http://www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk
UAE Embassy in London, 11 December 2013.