Dubai Visa
for GCC Residents

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UAE visit visa reform introduced on April 29, 2016, changed the way GCC residence permit holders travel to Dubai & from that day, GCC residents cannot get a free on-arrival visa to visit Dubai & need to get a prearranged visa before arrival. Earlier (before the reform), GCC citizens do not require a visa to enter Dubai.

In this guide, we will explain to you everything you need to know about Dubai visas for GCC residents & Arabiers can assist you in getting the visa without any hustle.

Arabiers Guide 2024
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Reviewed by Khalid Al Suwaidi

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Dubai On Arrival Visa Countries and their Free Visit

Citizens from some listed countries are not required to apply for a Dubai visa. Individuals holding passports from any of these on-arrival visa countries will be free to visit Dubai for the mentioned time. Those belonging to GCC countries (residents) can also enjoy a free Dubai visa, only when they come to the countries from the prepaid list.

30-day free Dubai on arrival visa countries

A citizen holding a passport from the below-mentioned countries is not required to make any advance visa arrangements. Your passport will be stamped with a free 30-day visit visa at the immigration counter, once you exit your flight at UAE Airport. See the detail list of the countries that entitled for free Dubai on arrival visa.

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

90-day free Dubai on arrival visa countries

Below listed countries citizens can avail of a 90-day free Dubai on-arrival visa, where the 90-day stay is valid for a total of 6 months. The count will begin from the day of issue. Citizens coming from the European countries listed below can also apply for a pre-arranged visa, once their 90-day Dubai on-arrival visa is utilized. Check the list of eligible countries.

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

Prearranged Dubai visas / Prepaid Dubai tourist visa nationalities

GCC residents originating from all other countries (some listed below) need to apply for a visa before entering UAE.

South Africa Pakistan Lebanon
Morocco Philippines Nepal
Jordan El Salvador Peru
Egypt Fiji Somalia
India Indonesia Sri Lanka
Jamaica

GCC residents can obtain a Dubai visa in three ways :

  1. eVisa for GCC residents by GDRFA Dubai
  2. eVisa for GCC residents by ICA, Abu Dhabi & other Emirates
  3. Hassle free Dubai e-Tourist visas

eVisa for GCC residents by GDRFA Dubai

You need to log in to the GDRFA Amer service site to get the eVisa by GDRFA offered for GCC Residents. GDRFA works as a regulatory body for the entry and exit permits of travellers through Dubai which belongs to the Ministry of Interior.

After that, your application will be in the approval mode

Your visa will be sent to your registered email address, after the approval

GCC expatriate residents and companions travelling with GCC citizens will be rejected unless the sponsor is traveling with them.

The entry permit for GCC Residents has a validity period of thirty days from the issue date and permits a stay of thirty days from the day of entry. The visa can be extended once for an additional thirty days.

The entry permit for companions travelling with GCC citizens has a validity period of sixty days from the issue date and permits a stay of sixty days from the date of entry. It can be extended once for sixty days.

If an individual with a GCC residence visa is found to be expired or cancelled upon arrival in UAE, the traveller will not get the entry permit.

If the profession of the GCC resident is different from when he applied for the entry permit, entry will be denied.

GCC residence individuals must have a validity of at least three months of their GCC resident permit from the arrival date.

Similarly, the passport should be valid for a minimum of three months from the entry date for GCC residents.

GCC residents E-Visa through ICA, Abu Dhabi & other Emirates

Mentioned below are the e-visa details by ICA, Abu Dhabi and other Emirates for GCC residents. For further reference visit the official ICA site dedicated to E-Visa for GCC residents Necessary supporting documents.

  • A valid Residence permit in any one of the GCC countries (mandatory).
  • Original passport (mandatory).
  • Coloured photo (mandatory).
  • Pakistani id card for the sponsored (optional).

Dubai e-Tourist visas

Are you looking for a Dubai visit, and want to stay more than thirty days or want a multiple-entry visa, contact us now (Arabiers) for full assistance. To apply for a UAE e-tourist visa you can also visit our UAE Visa page for every detail. If you have already entered UAE with an on-arrival and you are planning for an extension make sure to check our UAE Tourist Visa Extension Options guide and Visa change without exit guide. The UAE tourist is issued a single-entry or multiple-entry visa for 30 or 90 days, depending on your requirements. These travelling visas can also be extended twice for 30 or 90 days. Those with an immediate need for a prepaid visa can try our Dubai Express visa process.

Mandatory requirements

  • Visitors Photograph (in white background) (softcopy).
  • Passport (colour copy) where your full name, DOB, place, Passport number, issue and expiry date, and name of father and mother or legal guardian are visible.
  • Valid passport with minimum 6-month validity at the time of travel.
Additional documents

You may be required to submit a few extra documents based on your origin (Country). If these documents cannot be submitted, your visa might get rejected. Moreover, the travellers will not get any return for the visa cancellation in such cases.

For Children

A certified birth certificate in English or Arabic should also be submitted along with the documents mentioned above.

Dubai tourist visa Price list for GCC residents

Normal Processing - 24-48 hours
Visa type Final rates (VAT included)
Visa type 30 Days Dubai visa Final rates (VAT included) The cost will be around 489 AED
Visa type 60 Days Dubai visa Final rates (VAT included) 689 AED
Visa type 30 Days multi entry Dubai visa Final rates (VAT included) 990 AED
Visa type 60 Days multi entry Dubai visa Final rates (VAT included) 1190 AED
Express Processing 4-8 hours
Visa type Final rates (VAT included)
Visa type 30 Days single entry Dubai visa Final rates (VAT included) The cost will be around 789 AED
Visa type 30 Days multi entry Dubai visa Final rates (VAT included) 1190 AED
Visa type 60 Days single entry Dubai visa Final rates (VAT included) 989 AED
Visa type 60 Days multi entry Dubai visa Final rates (VAT included) 1390 AED
Visa Extension options for GCC residents
Visa Extension type Final rates (VAT included)
Visa Extension type 30 Days - without exit Final rates (VAT included) 1190 AED
Visa Extension type 30 Days Visa Airport to Airport Final rates (VAT included) 1590 AED
Visa Extension type 60 Days Visa Airport to Airport Final rates (VAT included) 1790 AED
Visa Extension type 90 Days in country Visa Final rates (VAT included) Contact us
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Travel Insurance

Travel advisories have warned to practice caution throughout your travels to UAE due to the prevailing COVID19 situation. A valid insurance cover with coverage for COVID-19 is a must to travel to UAE. Travellers' age decides which insurance is suitable. These are the packages we offer for incoming visitors :

Coverage Details

  • Area of Coverage: United Arab of Emirates.
  • Emergency Medical Coverage: AED 200, 000(The insurance provides coverage for COVID-19 if the insured person contracts the virus during the period of insurance subject to the cover).
  • Repatriation Coverage: AED 7, 500.
  • Repatriation of the Deceased Coverage: AED 10,000.
  • Loss of Passport Coverage : AED 250.
  • Personal accident Coverage : AED 25,000.
  • Travelers aged 71 - 80 shall pay USD$150 excess per claim.

Rates

  • For 30 days visa entry, it may cost from 95 AED to 225 AED & 90 days it may cost from 165 AED to 425 AED.

Validity check

If you hold an entry permit/residence visa to any of the 7 emirates( Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah), check the validity of your visa on the website of Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship- ICA (the eChannel for residency and citizenship).

If you already have an entry permit/residence visa in Dubai, check your visa validity through Amer-GDRFA in Dubai. For any inquiry regarding visa issuance, types and validity, communicate with ICA at the toll free number 600522222 or through ICA feedback platform.

For any inquiry regarding visa issuance, types and validity, communicate with ICA at the toll free number 600522222 or through ICA feedback platform.