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Visa Process
Visa upon Arrival

All nationalities entering the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with the exception of the following countries require an entry visa that needs to be arranged prior to arrival:

Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Denmark, Finland, France, GCC Countries, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, Vatican City.

Entry permits for the above mentioned nationals would be issued upon arrival in the UAE.

There are 2 options for acquiring UAE's visa:
  1. Through the Hotel where you will reside
  2. Through the Airlines when you book a flight

For visa processing fees, please refer to your particular hotel or airlines for more details.

Option 1: Through Hotel Booking

Visa Type: Standard Transit Visa with 14 days validity

Visa application process takes minimum of 14 working days and will be at the discretion of the Dubai Immigration Department. Failure to provide the required documentation prior to 14 days before could result in visa not being ready when required.

Visa applications will only be made on behalf of those guests who have a guaranteed reservation with the Hotels from 14 days prior to the guest’s date of arrival.

Documents Required:
Clear color passport copy in jpeg format (black and white copy not accepted)
Passport size color picture copy in jpeg format
Passport should be valid for more than six months from the date of arrival
Credit card details with the expiry date and scan copy of the credit card (both sides)

Processing Charges:

  • Please refer to your hotel for visa processing fees (once you apply, processing fee is applied even if the visa is not approved)
  • Security deposit of AED 5,000 per person will be authorize/ blocked not charge on the Credit Card, please note that the Credit Card authorization will only be released once the Visa holder has exited the UAE

Processing Time:

  • Documents to reach 14 working days (Sunday - Thursday) for the visa to be processed
  • Issue of visit visas is subject to the approval of the Department of Naturalization and Residence Dubai and issued 5-6 days working days prior (Sunday - Thursday) to date of arrival

Validity of Approved Visa:

  • Transit visas are valid for 14 days from the date of issue and the applicant's arrival date must be within this period
  • Once the applicant is in the country, the visa will only be valid for 16 days from the date of arrival
  • Visa permit is valid for entry through UAE airports only
  • Please be advised that the visit visa will be valid for only 3 days after the guest departs from the Hotel and then the visa will be cancelled

Visa of the following Nationalities, would require additional lead time for applying visa:
Men and Women

  • Iraq
  • Palestine
  • Afghanistan
  • Yemen
  • Algeria

Visa Application Terms for above Nationalities:

  • Visa processing fees (once you apply, processing fee is applied even if the visa is not approved)
  • AED 5,000 – Visa security deposit
  • Please request visa documents and Visa to be applied minimum 14 days prior to arrival
  • Please be informed approval of Visa application is not authorized by the Hotel, but  it is solely the discretion of Dubai Immigration

Visa for the following nationalities, would require additional lead time for applying and a Cash deposit must be deposited to obtain the Approved Visa:

Women

  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Libya

For the above nationalities, visa application terms are as follows:

  • Visa processing fees (once you apply, processing fee is applied even if the visa is not approved)
  • AED 5,000 – Visa security deposit
  • Only when Visa has been approved in the Immigration’s system, AED 2,500 as Cash deposit is required by Immigration, this will be refundable after the guest has send us the a copy of Exit Stamp from her passport when Cash is deposited with Dubai Immigration, the approved Visa will be released
  • Cash deposit can be sent via Bank Transfer
  • Therefore for these women of the 3 countries above the Visa guarantee is AED 7,500
  • Please be informed approval of Visa application is not authorized by the Hotel it is solely the discretion of Dubai Immigration
  • Please request visa documents and Visa to be applied minimum 14 days prior to arrival

The Hotels reserve the right to request a credit card authorization to hold AED 5,000 per visa or a duly signed company guarantee letter, provided the Company has a credit facility with the Hotels, guaranteeing this amount. This hold / guarantee will be for the duration of the guest’s stay only and will be released once the visit is completed and the guest has left the country. In the event of a no show, cancellation and/or visa rejection by Immigration Authorities, full visa costs will be charged automatically to the guest’s credit card or to the Company’s hotel account and all processed visas will be immediately cancelled with the Immigration authorities. No visa request will be accepted if the credit card details or the Company written guarantee have not been received.

Guest Visas sponsored by the Hotels are non-transferable and guests must not stay elsewhere as per local rules and regulations.
(The above rates and conditions are subject to revision by the Government without prior notice.)

To apply for visa through Hotel, please contact directly your hotel.

Option 2: Through Airlines

Please inquire with your airline provider for more details on their visa services. Airlines that offer visa services include (but not limited to):

Emirates Airline: http://www.emirates.com/english/plan_book/essential_information/visa_passport_information/uae_visas.aspx

Etihad Airways:
http://www.etihad.com/en-us/before-you-fly/visas/

 
 

For more information about visa process, please visit:

http://www.mofa.gov.ae/mofa_english/portal/79e01fed-3501-4ebb-accd-9e27950433a7.aspx

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