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Friday, 6 June 2014

7 Different Options to Apply for UAE Visa for GCC Residents

No doubt, Dubai (UAE) is the most beautifully developed city in the world as far as the artificial beauty is concerned. You will find western environment in Arabic style there. I would suggest you to visit Dubai (UAE) at least once in your life to see how beautifully they have developed it. The life you experience there is completely different from the rest of the GCC. I am sure your general perception about Arabs will also be changed after visiting Dubai (UAE). In this article, we shall be discussing about the different ways of getting the visit visa of Dubai (UAE).


  • For all the nationals of GCC countries, there is no need for visa to enter in one and another. GCC countries are Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman. They can straight away book flight and enter to these countries by showing their national identity card. If you belong to any of these countries, you don’t need to show even your Iqama to get Dubai (UAE) on Arrival Visa.
  • Citizens of some countries are eligible to get on arrival visit visa just because of their citizenship. See the list of these countries below. They don’t even have to show their Iqamas to get on arrival visit visa of Dubai (UAE).
Australia
Spain
Norway
South Korea
Liechtenstein
Germany
Brunei
UK
Austria
San Marino
Luxembourg
Ice land
Finland
Hong Kong
The Vatican
Singapore
Netherlands
Japan
Monaco
Canada
Andorra
Sweden
Portugal
New Zealand
Italy
Greece
Belgium
USA
Switzerland

Malaysia
Ireland
France
Denmark



  • You can also apply for your visit visa of UAE through Manage a Booking option of Emirates Airline website after booking your ticket to Dubai (UAE). In this case, you will have to book ticket online, apply for visa online and pay their fee online. Even if your profession on Iqama is not suitable, you are still eligible to apply for this kind of visa. They only grant visa for 96 hours if you apply online.
  • Fourth option is to apply for visit visa through embassy. This is a traditional way and you can get visit visa within a week. However, in this case, you will have to visit the UAE embassy with a letter from your Kafeel requesting them to issue you visa. They normally issue visa for 30 days. Cost of this visa is $100/-.
  • Fifth option is to get on arrival visit visa at Dubai (UAE) Airport for Iqama Holders or GCC residents. This is the simplest, easiest and cheapest way to get into Dubai (UAE). I have explained this procedure in a separate article. Please have a look at it. “Procedure to get on Arrival Visit Visa at Dubai (UAE) Airport for Iqama Holders”. There is news in the market that UAE Immigration has stopped granting on Arrival Visas at the Airport. Please check the current situation before making your travel plans.
  • Sixth option is to enter Dubai (UAE) by road and get on arrival visa at the border. However, it is a bit time consuming process which has been explained in this link "On-Arrival Visit Visa of Dubai (UAE) by Road for Iqama Holder". There is news in the market that UAE Immigration has stopped granting on Arrival Visas at the Airport. Please check the current situation before making your travel plans.
  • Seventh and last option is to apply for eVisa of UAE. This option is available to only GCC residents. They have started issuing visas through this system but there are some flaws in the system. I would recommend you to go through this link before applying for the eVisa of UAE. Don’t forget to read useful comments of different people who have experienced it. Recommended: “Procedure to Apply for E-Visa of UAE (Dubai) for GCC Residents


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