Do you need a visa to enter the UAE?

GCC citizens do not need a visa to enter the UAE. Some of the other nationalities can obtain a visa on arrival while others need to apply for a visa in advance. Find out if you need a visa to enter the UAE.

Eligible countries for visa on arrival

Citizens of these countries do not require advance visa arrangements to enter the UAE and can obtain a visa upon arrival for 30 days with a 10-day grace period for extension.

  • Mexico

  • Indian citizens

    Indian citizens holding a normal passport and either

    • a visit visa issued by the USA or
    • a green card issued by the USA or
    • a residence visa issued by the UK or
    • a residence visa issued by the EU

    can obtain a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 14 days provided that the visas or the green card is valid for at least six months from the date of arrival into the UAE.

    Read about the UAE visa requirements for non-US citizens.

    Note: Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into the UAE. Lists of countries eligible for visa on arrival may vary from time to time; therefore, please check with the UAE embassy in your country before travelling to the UAE.

    Related links

    Visa on arrival- General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs Dubai 

    For more information, please contact:

    How do I apply for a Dubai tourist visa?

    If you require a visa to enter the UAE, you can apply via approved airlines, hotels, travel agencies or tour operators. You can also be sponsored by a UAE resident or company. Use the dropdown above to find out more


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