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 the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs at the emirate you wish to visit.
For information, suggestions or complaints including information not listed here and general enquiries, please visit:
For Dubai: http://dnrd.ae/en/form/contact-us and http://www.dubai.ae/ar/Pages/default.aspx
For Abu Dhabi: http://www.adnrd.ae/suggestion1.action?lang=2
The visa office at the Consulate Section of the United Arab Emirates Embassy in London is responsible only for Visa services for Embassies and High Commissions and the Entry Permit for Lost/Stolen Passports with a resident permit in UAE.
Visa services for Embassies and High Commissions:
Processing complementary visa requested by embassies and high commissions in London for Diplomatic, Official or ordinary passport holders.
Documents required for the application requested by embassies and high commissions:
Recent Note Verbal from the embassy or the high commission requesting issuing visa includes applicant’s details with purpose and dates of travel.
Application form filled and signed by the applicant. Download pdf
Recent passport size photo.
Passport valid for more than 6 months from expected day of arrival.
Applicant contact information (mobile, Email address).
Visas are complimentary and free of charge for applications requested by embassies and high commissions.
For information contact: 02078088305 (for Embassies, High Commissions and holder of a UAE residence permit use only).
Working hours: Monday to Friday- From 9:00 till 16:00.
Entry Permit for Lost/Stolen Passports with a resident permit in UAE
Non-UAE nationals who have Lost/Stolen passport with residency visa in UAE will be issued Entry Permit to enable them re-entry to UAE. Documents required:
A copy of the old passport.
A copy of the new passport.
A copy of UAE resident permit
Lost/stolen report: The report MUST include lost/stolen passport number and attested by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Lost/Stolen passport Outside UK: the report should be attested by the embassy of UAE at the country where the passport was lost or stolen.
Lost/Stolen Passport in the UK: Applicant MUST provide Police report or Lost report that includes the lost/stolen passport number.
Translation into Arabic for the Lost/Stolen report.
Processing time: 2-15 days
For information contact: 02078088305 (for holder of a UAE residence permit use only).
Working hours: Monday to Friday- From 9:00 till 16:00.
General Visa Information
General information concerning visa for those wishing to travel to the UAE is listed below
Passport should be valid for minimum 6 months from the date of arriving for adults and children. No exceptions can be made by the UAE embassy in London.
Transit in UAE airports for less than 12 hours does not require visa or 6 months passport validity.
Confirmed round-trip airline ticket or airline ticket to other destination(s) is required.
ID, Emergency and Temporary passports Or Travel Document are not accepted as an alternative to the ordinary passport.
Overstaying the visa will result in detention and fines.
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nationals do not require a visa to enter the UAE.
Non-GCC nationals with a residence permit in GCC countries require a visa to enter UAE.
Information for all types of UK passports is listed in Section 1.
Information for European passports holders is listed in Section 2.
Passport holders and nationals of Countries eligible for a visa upon arrival in Section 3.
Section 4 is for Visa process for national of all other countries not listed in Sections 1, 2, 3 with Leave to remain in the UK who wish to visit UAE.
UK passports: please read General Visa Information above.
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.
Citizens of UK holding a full UK passport endorsing British citizen will be granted a free of charge multiple entry visit visa on arrival in the UAE. No application in advance of travel is necessary. UK passport for British citizens will be stamped with the multiple entry visit visa upon passing through Immigration at any of the International airports in the UAE. The visa is valid for 30 days plus 10 days of grace period.
Visitors who leave the UAE and returned again within the 30 days period of the visa granted at the time of the first arrival, will not receive a new visa. The stay should be limited to the initial 30 days period. (Fines will be applied for overstay)
Extension for extra 30 days -if required- is available. If you wish to stay longer, contact the local General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs three days prior to the expiry date (chargeable services).
UK passport holders endorsing British overseas citizen, British Subject and British protected person require applying for a visa prior to their travel. See Section 4, tourist visa section below.
All types of UK Travel documents (including Travel document Convention of 28July1951), Emergency and temporary passports are not accepted and visa cannot be issued for holders of travel documents.
UK citizens with Criminal Records who wish to visit UAE can contact The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs to check eligibility to enter Dubai: http://dnrd.ae/en/form/contact-us.
Exhibitions / Festivals / Conferences/ Consultations/ Filming: Visas in this category must be sponsored by the organizers of the events in both public and private establishments.
If your country of nationality appears below, your passport will be stamped with a multiple entry 90-days visit visa that's valid for 6 months from the date of issue, and for a stay of 90 days in total. Please read General notes above.
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.
If your country of nationality appears on the list below, no advance visa arrangements are required to visit the UAE. Simply disembark your flight at Dubai International Airport and proceed to Immigration, where your passport will be stamped with a 30-days visit visa free of charge. Please read General notes above.
Andorra, Australia, Brunei, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, United States of America, Vatican City.
If your country of nationality is not listed on Section 1, 2 or 3 above, Visa must be obtained prior to travel. Visa can be obtained through the following:
Visit and 96hours transit Visa sponsored by National UAE Airlines (Emirates Airlines and Etihad Airways):
Nationals of countries requiring a prearranged UAE visa can apply and pay for their visas online through emirates.com and Etihad.com. This service is only available to passengers with a confirmed Emirates and Etihad booking where e-ticket has already been issued.
If you are travelling to or stopping in UAE with Emirates or Etihad, You can apply for your UAE visa through the website’s Manage a booking tool after booking your flight, you can submit an application and receive your UAE visa entirely online – without having to submit your passport for stamping.
Applicants' passports must have at least six months' validity as of their date of travel to Dubai.
Please note that any itineraries including any flights to or from UAE on other carriers are not eligible for the online visa service.
A minimum of four working days prior to arrival in Dubai is required, however, Airlines do recommend that online applications are made as early as possible. Visas issued through this service are available for a period of stay in Dubai of 96 hours, 30 days or 90 days and valid for entry for 60 days from the date of issue. Once approved, any visa cannot be extended beyond the original period of stay.
Transit Visa (96 hours): The traveler must have a valid ticket for onward flight and the duration between the two trips is not less than 8 hours.
Tourist Visa through the Hotel
Hotels in the UAE can sponsor their clients and apply for their visas to come to UAE but be sure to get a copy of this visa from the hotel before travelling to the United Arab Emirates.
Visit and 96hours transit Visa sponsored by (The private sector, friends, family, relatives and Travel agents)
If you have a family member or near relative who is a UAE resident, they can apply for a visa on your behalf. You need to request for the visa through your sponsor (Host) by sending a copy of your passport and a copy of your immigration status to your sponsor (host) to process your visa from the local immigration office in UAE. This process will take about 7-10 working days. Make sure to receive a copy of your visa by fax or Email from the sponsor (host) before your departure. Original visas can be collected at the airport in the United Arab Emirates on your arrival.
Student and internship Visa
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.
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 and Bossiness Consolations
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.