Step by Step Guide to get 3 months Dubai Visa

Update - 19th September, 2021

If you are travelling to Dubai for a lengthy holiday, hunt for prospective employment opportunities or meet up with the family, the best way to go is by applying for a 3 month Dubai visa. We have compiled an article explaining the up-to-date procedure of applying for a 3 month visa and a breakdown of every step. Keep reading to learn more.


Key Information

Visa Type

There are 2 types of the 3 month visa:

  • 3 month multiple entry Dubai tourist visa
  • Single entry Dubai Tourist visa

Valid For

60 days to enter Dubai (from date of entry)

Maximum Stay period

  • Single entry visas are permitted 100 days of stay
  • Multiple entries a total of 90 days from the date of entry

Processing Time

1-2 working days

Official site to apply

When applying for a 3 month Dubai visit visa you have to approach a UAE-based tourism agency, a UAE airline (Etihad or Emirates) or a travel agency in your home country who is partnered with a UAE-based tourism agency. You cannot apply directly for this visa from the UAE immigration.

Documents required

  • Recent colored photograph in white background ( no specific size requirements)
  • Clear passport scan in colored
  • Documents proving you will exit on time ( previous travel history, business documents,etc)


800 AED – 900 AED (217 USD to 245 USD / 16,000 INR to 18,000) for single entry 3 months & 2100 – 2300 AED (571 USD to 626 USD / 42, 000 INR to 46,000 INR for multiple entry 3 months

Important questions and quick answers

Employment while holding a tourist visa is illegal in Dubai, however seeking employment and attending interviews are allowed. After you are confirmed by a company, your employer will apply for a status change to residence visa with or without exit.

Your company will apply for a status change without exit or organize a status change with an Oman visa run.

Yes,it's possible as long as your multiple entry 3 month Dubai visa is valid as the travel origin is never checked when entering Dubai.

You can’t apply directly through UAE immigration

A visit visa is obtained if a relative in UAE sponsored your visa whereas a tourist visa is obtained if you apply via an airline or tourism company. That is the only difference, everything else is the same.

Apply for a Dubai visa, make a airline reservation and visit Dubai

You not having an iqama in Saudi is supposed to have no affect on your travel plans to Dubai. Start by applying for a Dubai visa.

The only eligibility criteria to be suitable for a Dubai tourist visa is having a passport that is valid for at least 6 months.


COVID-19 and updated rules 2020

Getting a 3 month Dubai visa during the course of the COVID 19 has become a bit tedious due to many preparations and procedures implemented for those entering Dubai.

September 19, 2021

The entry procedures to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi have been revised by the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee. Effective from 19 September 2021 onwards, individuals travelling from other Emirates are not required to face a COVID 19 PCR test which was previously mandatory


It's mandatory for all tourists coming to Dubai to possess medical travel insurance that covers all the medical procedures and treatments for COVID 19. Additionally, tourists are supposed to register with their information on the COVID-19 DXB App

PCR test

If you plan on visiting Dubai for holiday you have been requested by the Dubai authorities to produce a PCR test result certificate that is not older than 96 hours (4 days) before the travel date. If the traveller hasn't done this test, a PCR test will be conducted in Dubai airport along with the thermal screening and other COVID19 procedures. If you have symptoms but have a negative certificate you can retake the test in Dubai. Additionally tourists must download and register with COVID 19 DXB App. If the PCR test results are positive then the individual should stay in quarantine for 14 days.

Health declaration form & costs form

It's mandatory for tourists to sign a health declaration form prior to boarding the flight. They are also required to sign a form agreeing that they will pay for all treatment and quarantine costs if the situation arises when in Dubai. Additionally, airlines have the authority to reject any tourist displaying COVID19 symptoms from boarding the flight.

Where can I apply for a 3 month Dubai visa during this Corona period?

Currently, you can apply for a 3 months visa to Dubai from airlines like Emirates, Etihad or Fly Dubai. Tourism agencies haven't confirmed any procedures. Get in touch with them to know more.


Prepaid & on arrival 90 days visas

UAE visitors are categorised into 4:

  • 30 day on arrival visa nationalities
  • 90 day on arrival visa nationalities
  • Mexican passport holders
  • Prepaid visa (single entry/multiple entry/30 days/90 days) nationalities

If you hold a passport that originates from any of the 19 countries mentioned below you don't need to make any preparations before visiting UAE. Exit the flight at Dubai airport and make your way to immigration where a complimentary 30-day visit visa will be stamped on your passport. If you want to stay longer in Dubai you can apply for a 3 months Dubai visa through a tourism company.

Andorra Australia Brunei
Canada China Hong Kong, China
Japan Kazakhstan Macau, China
Malaysia Mauritius Monaco
New Zealand Republic of Ireland San Marino
Singapore Ukraine United Kingdom and Northern Ireland
United States of America Vatican City

If you hold a passport originating from any of the below 48 countries, you will receive a complementary 90 day multiple entry visit visa. The visa has a validity period of 6 months with a permitted stay duration of a total 90 days. Citizens of European countries mentioned in this list are eligible to apply for a prepaid visit visa if their on arrival visa has been used up.

Argentina Austria Bahamas Islands
Barbados Belgium Brazil
Bulgaria Chile Colombia
Costa Rica Croatia Cyprus
Czech Republic Denmark El Salvador
Estonia Finland France
Germany Greece Honduras
Hungary Iceland Italy
Kiribati Latvia Liechtenstein
Lithuania Luxembourg Maldives
Malta Montenegro Nauru
Netherlands Norway Paraguay
Peru Poland Portugal
Romania Russian Federation Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
San Marino Serbia Seychelles
Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands
South Korea Spain Sweden
Switzerland Uruguay

Individuals holding Mexican passports are eligible for a multiple entry visa with a total stay duration of 180 days. This visa has a validity period of 6 months from issue date.

Any other nationalities not mentioned above require a prepaid visa to enter Dubai.


How to apply?

If you are a prepaid visa nationality passport holder and need to obtain a visit visa, this is the procedure to apply for a 3 month Dubai visit visa. Here is a detailed breakdown of the steps:

Step 1

Finalise one of the three methods of applying for a visa; via an airline, through UAE based tourism firm or travel agency based in your home country

Step 2

Take a scanned copy of your passport.

Step 3

Collect all necessary requirements. For eg: when applying through a tourism company you will be asked to provide proof of confirmed return, an airline will request you to fill a form,etc.

Step 4

Since you have a 60 day validity period, take your time searching for flight tickets that fit your budget and requirements.

Step 5

Submit all necessary documents and make the payments.

Step 6

Collect your 3 months Dubai visit visa.


Where & When to apply

Where to apply 3 month visa Dubai?


to be able to apply for a 30 or 90 day visa to Dubai via Fly Dubai, Emirates or Etihad you need to meet all eligibility requirements and purchase your return flight ticket from the respective air carrier

Dubai-based tourism company

We can set you up with a 90 day Dubai visa. contact us for more details and a breakdown of the application procedure.

Local travel agency in your country

Numerous travel agencies that offer visa services partner up with Dubai-based tourism companies. The visa processing time may differ because documents submitted by you have to be collected and verified by the travel firm in your country before sending it to their Dubai based partner. The documents will be re-verified by the travel firm in Dubai before submitting it for processing.

Friends and family living in UAE

If you have family members, relatives or friends residing in Dubai they can easily sponsor you with a Dubai visit visa. A security deposit has to be given which will be refunded once you exit UAE. To sponsor a visa they have to visit Dubai immigration, fill and submit all necessary forms directly.

When to apply 3 month visa Dubai?

  • 3 month Dubai Visa processing usually takes anywhere between 2 to 7 working days. If you're travelling for emergency reasons then get in touch with us for an express visa service.
  • Do you know that a 3 months Dubai visa can be obtained 60 days in advance? By applying early you get to save up on air ticket and hotel fare. Make use of the Early bird hotel and flight offers to save some money.


Unplanned emergency travel & express Dubai visa

In some instances an individual might need to apply for a 3 month Dubai visa in a short period of time due to some unavoidable circumstances. The processing time for express visa is from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm (UAE time) and will be submitted to visa applicants before 6.00 pm UAE time. This service charges a bit extra because of the rushed processing.


Dubai visa price list

Dubai visa Price list

July 18, 2020 Updated

First Time Visiting - First Entry
Normal Processing - 24-48 hours
Visa type All Inclusive Rates final rates (VAT included)
14 Days Dubai visa 320 AED
30 Days Dubai visa 350 AED
90 Days Dubai visa 800 AED
30 Days multi entry Dubai visa 1100 AED
90 Days multi entry Dubai visa 2250 AED
Express Processing 4-8 hours
Visa type All Inclusive Rates final rates (VAT included)
14 Days Dubai visa 480 AED
30 Days Dubai visa 500 AED
90 Days Dubai visa 950 AED
30 Days multi entry Dubai visa 1350 AED
90 Days multi entry Dubai visa 2450 AED
Visa Extension & getting new while Staying in UAE
Visa type All Inclusive Rates final rates (VAT included)
30 Days Visa Extension - Our Sponsored Visa 950 AED
30 Days Visa Airport to Airport 1450 AED
90 Days Visa Airport to Airport 1600 AED
30 Days Inside country Visa 1800 AED
90 Days Inside country Visa 2200 AED


Dubai 5 years tourist visa

An announcement was made after UAE's first cabinet meeting held in the year 2020 which is chaired by The ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Makhtoum. This announcement states the cabinet's approval on issuing a five-year multiple-entry tourist visa for individuals of all nationalities who are visiting UAE. This is a step forward in further developing and assisting UAE's boom in tourism and secure itself as a leading tourist destination.

Inside sources have stated to Gulf News that individuals who hold a five-year multiple-entry visa are permitted to stay for six months continuously. Although sources haven't divulged any information about the validity period, there are claims that the holder can stay for a maximum of six months on every entry within the five-year duration. As of the eligibility criteria for this visa, sources have stated that the terms and conditions for the five-year multiple entry visa is same as any other Dubai tourist visa.


Job hunting in Dubai

Say no to jobs on a visit visa

When you have moved to another country seeking employment, the main aspect you should keep in mind is the legal aspect. Make sure you learn about the Dos and Don'ts that are laid out by the UAE government in terms of employment. Prospective employees have been warned time and again to not give in to the false promises made by Dubai based companies that encourage individuals to work while on a visit visa. It is clearly stated by UAE law that companies are prohibited from employing individuals on visit visa and visit visa holders are legally not allowed to work. If you are being exploited as an employee, the company won't have the labor law entitlement unless you work in a legally approved manner.

Job hunting, attending interviews and signing the employment agreement is allowed while on a visit visa. Attending work without having a residence visa stamped on your passport will transform you into an illegal employee in Dubai. This will also leave you vulnerable to any abuse the employee or company throws your way.

Source : Khaleej times

Apply online before arrive in Dubai

To properly gauge the employment opportunities in Dubai and understand what companies consider before hiring, research online and ask your friends and family living in Dubai. Here are some sites you can visit to check for Jobs:

  • Khaleej Times Jobs
  • Dubizzle
  • Naukrigulf
  • Indeed
  • Laimoon
  • LinkedIn
  • Gulftalent
  • Efinancial Careers

Get the right visa

Majority of the employment seekers think that 30 days is sufficient to find a good job. The confidence is good, but in reality most of the time takes over 30 days to secure good employment. Some individuals extend visas more than 3 times to get a good job. Due to this, it is advised to go for a 3 month Dubai visa. You will be saving lots of money in the long run.

A 30 day Dubai visa costs 350 AED. The first extension for an additional 30 days cost and additional 950 AED. The cheapest option (Oman visa run by bus) for a second extension for an additional 30 days cost 1200 AED. Whereas, a 90 day Dubai visa costs only 800 AED which is way cheaper in the long run.

Check out the big companies

Some companies are reputed for their strict hiring and remarkable position as a place of employment. To get an idea of such companies in UAE, check Forbes list of top 50 companies in UAE and submit your CV by visiting their respective websites.

Build your resume

The most crucial tool in your Job hunting arsenal is your CV/resume. Dubai's job scene is highly competitive and a mere six seconds is spent on looking at an employee's resume. Stay away from any CV related No-Nos. Get an idea of how to make an excellent CV with the CV building tools online and go prepared to present yourself.

Top Tips for Job Seekers in Dubai

  • Get a 90 day visa at the beginning rather than opting for 30 days and wasting time and money on visa extensions. Even if you are an on-arrival national who gets 30 days free, opt for a 90 day visa as this will give you plenty of time to look for jobs without worrying about overstay fines.
  • If you are unable to secure employment within 100 days make sure to educate yourself on the right ways to extend your tourist visa and choose the right travel firm to save money.
  • Patience is key when looking for a Job. This is very important in Dubai due to the talent saturation and seasonal recruitment that extends from January to March and stops during Ramadan and summer season.
  • Don't stop searching for jobs until you are given an offer letter by the company and your visa is put for status change to residence visa. Every day counts as you need to spend more without an income if you are unable to find a job within 100 days
  • LinkedIn is a good platform to search and follow individuals who fit in to your area of work. However, make sure to remain active


Multiple entry visa

Some EU nationals and Mexicans luckily get a 99 day visa on arrival and other nationalities need to apply for a 3 months Multiple entry UAE visa if necessary.

Multiple entry visas come in handy if you are already employed elsewhere but are seeking employment and attending interviews in Dubai. This 3 month multiple visa can be used by taking an off day to attend an interview in Dubai or simply drop by during the weekends as Dubai's working days start on Sunday and end on Thursday.


Specific rules for some nationalities

6 months visa for Mexicans

If you are a Mexican passport holder you are eligible for a 180 day visit visa with a 6 month validity from the date of issue. You have sufficient time to seek employment or stay with family as you are permitted a stay duration of 180 days. All you have to spend for is the flight ticket.

3 month Dubai visa for Pakistani

Pakistani passport holders need to apply for a 3 month Dubai prepaid visa with certain documents that are not required for other country applicants.

Pakistani passport holders need to apply for a 3 month Dubai prepaid visa with certain documents that are not required for other country applicants.

  • Color photograph
  • National ID Card (Back & front)
  • Color copy of applicant's passport.
  • Signature page in passport

3 month Dubai visa for Nigeria

Nigerians who are applying for a 3 month Dubai visa have some age restrictions. Single Women or men travelling alone have to be 40 years or above. Married women travelling alone with children should also be above 40 years of age.

3 month Dubai visa for Indians

Indian passport holders have to apply for 3 month Dubai visa in advance. Indian national having USA green card with 6 months validity or UK/EU residence receive a 14 day on arrival visa with a fee of 120 AED.

An extension for another 14 days cost 250 AED.

3 month Dubai visa for Sri Lankans

Sri Lankans seeking employment in Dubai need to apply for a 3 month Dubai visa in advance. It is also preferable if you get a medical report from Colombo and get certified by the UAE embassy in Sri Lanka. Checkout the UAE embassy details in Colombo here. To be able to process UAE resident visa for Sri Lankans, they need to have a medical report taken in Sri Lanka and approved by Colombo Medical council, Colombo Foreign Ministry and the UAE embassy in Colombo.