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How to get Dubai visa for Sri Lankan passport holders in 2020

and where Sri Lanka Dubai embassy is

July 12, 2020 Updated

This guide made by a Sri Lankan visa consultant who is working in a visa agency in Dubai. Many job seekers and business man from Sri Lanka always ask How to get Dubai visa for Sri Lankan passport holders and where Sri Lanka Dubai embassy is, how I attest my certificate or medical report with Dubai embassy in Sri Lanka. Continue read in English or Sinhala & find the answers

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First you must be needing to know where Sri Lanka Dubai embassy is and what they do for Sri Lankans

01

Dubai/Abu Dhabi Embassy in Sri Lanka

Dubai is well-known in every corner of the world due to its versatility and drive to establish itself as an all-rounder tourist destination. This outlook some time leads to a confusion that Dubai is a country on its own. Dubai is one of the seven Emirates that make up the country of the United Arab Emirates. The other 6 Emirates are Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ra's Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Umm Al Quwain and Ajman. Any attestation and complains about any of these 7 Emirates is handled by the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates situated in Colombo 7.

  • Call: +94112565053
  • Bus route: The bus routes 138/1, 138/2, 138/3, 122, 125 for the most part run through the A4 highway
  • Driving: It is near by the Colombo University and opposite to laksala store
  • The service provided by the embassy: Affidavit of support, medical certificate attestation, marriage certificate / birth certificate attestation, singleness certificate attestation, educational certificate attestation
  • The service not provided by the embassy : Processing Dubai visa for Sri Lankan passport holders& assisting in extending Sri Lankan’s stays in Dubai

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Corona update for Sri Lankans visiting Dubai

Still no confirmed news about Sri Lankans travelling to Dubai or UAE, yet the UAE immigration has confirmed below updates. UAE will announce which hospital will be authorized to issue corona virus test (PCR test)

  • Approvals for return is handled by Dubai's General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs in partnership with airlines.
  • PCR tests are conducted at the Dubai international airport
  • A 14 day quarantine duration is imposed for all individuals testing positive for COVID 19
  • Entry to Dubai airports are only allowed according to the airport's operational flight schedules and airports being open in other destinations.
  • 14 day quarantine duration will be imposed for all positive testing COVID 19 cases.
  • PCR tests should be taken at Dubai airport or PCR test results should be shown at the airport. These PCR test results should not be older than 96 hours.
  • Fulfill all entry requirements when visiting UAE.
  • Make sure to obtain medical travel insurance before you travel in case your current insurance doesn't offer international coverage
  • Sign an agreement to bear any costs of treatment and quarantine.
  • Fill the health declaration form before departing to make sure passenger is free of COVID 19 symptoms.
  • Register all details in COVID 19 DXB app.

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Get a new Dubai visa in Sri Lanka

For Sri Lankan Assistance (Sinhala & English)

Local office : 6th floor, No:135, Dutugemunu St, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia

Dubai has carved a nook for itself as one of the leading destinations for not only leisure travel but also for business and medical related travel. It also serves as a link between the east and the west. Previously, getting a Dubai visa used to be a tedious task. But, thanks to the booming tourism in Dubai the immigration authorities have simplified it so that international travelers can easily get their Dubai visa.

This article will cover the simplicity of getting a Dubai visa in Sri Lanka by explaining the steps that you need to follow.

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Steps to follow for an easy Dubai visa

Step 1

The most crucial part is knowing the different types of UAE visa and identifying the visa type that suits your travel needs best. For instance, if your expected duration of stay is within 30 days then a normal 30 day Dubai visa will do. If you want to stay more, then a normal 90 day Dubai visa is the right option. If you urgently need to travel to Dubai then an express Dubai visa can be arranged. If you know you will be entering and exiting Dubai many times a multiple entry visa will be the ideal option. A normal Dubai visa takes 2-3 working days to get processed whereas an express visa is processed within 8-24 hours (During the official UAE working days – Sunday to Thursday)

Step 2

Gather the necessary documents that a Sri Lankan citizen needs to apply for a Dubai visa. These documents need to be submitted along with a fully filled visa application form:

  • Recent color photograph
  • A copy of confirmed return flight ticket
  • A scanned soft copy of passport (with minimum 6 month validity) front and back pages.
  • A guarantor’s (A family member works in Government or private) Sri Lanka national identity card, phone number and address proof (Electricity bill or phone bill proof) or a UAE residence visa page of a friend or family member works in UAE or middle east.

Step 3

Choose a reputed and trustworthy travel company that has many years’ experience issuing Dubai visas. Make sure to read their reviews online and see what their customers have to say. If you choose Arabiers' then continue with the steps.

Step 4

Provide the required document and attach the scanned copies of the necessary documents. Make the payment after which you will receive a confirmation email.

Step 5

Our visa processing team will verify and check your visa application and documents after which they will be sent to the Dubai immigration. Sometimes the Dubai immigration might request some additional documents which will have to be submitted.

Step 6

Depending on the type of visa you have applied for you will get a copy of your Dubai visa WhatsApp or emailed to you.

Step 7

Confirm whether Arabiers or your visa provider has issued the "OK to board" a minimum of 48 hours before you are flying to Dubai.

Step 8

Make sure to bring along your passport, a copy of your ticket and other documents on the day of your departure, make sure you reach the airport counter 3 hours prior to your travel

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Dubai visa photo size for Sri Lanka

What is Dubai visa photo size for Sri Lanka? Many of you ask and you might find in internet it must be 2 inch x 2 inch or 45 mm x 35 mm, which is not the right information and there is no specific Dubai visa photo size for Sri Lanka. The best way to send the photo for Dubai visa application is while taking your photo in Studio for your passport or medical report, just get the soft copy in your email or pen drive. Along with your passport scan copy and send it to visa processing company they will do your Dubai visa. If you are not yet got the passport and make sure you know that photos can’t be taken in any studio on your wish, you must be going to Authorized Studios by Sri Lankan immigration, click here to see the list of approved studios in Sri Lanka that appointed by immigration take photos for passport .

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Dubai visa prices for Sri Lankans – A simple price list

Rates in Sri Lankan rupees varies based on the currency exchange & the fee is non-refundable if the visa application rejected and sometimes Arabiers team might ask for a security deposit if you are unable to provide guarantor details. There is no hidden fee or no requirement to book flight ticket with us, below are the final rates that you will paying to obtain the Dubai visa from Sri Lanka to our Sri Lanka branch

14 days visa
Single entry visa
Fee in Sri Lankan Rupees
16, 200 Rs
Fee in UAE Dirhams
320 AED
  •  Validity : 60 days to enter
  •  Duration of stay in UAE : 14 days
  •  Grace Period : 10 days
30 days visa
Single entry visa
Fee in Sri Lankan Rupees
17, 700 Rs
Fee in UAE Dirhams
350 AED
  •  Validity : 60 days to enter
  •  Duration of stay in UAE : 30 days
  •  Grace Period : 10 days
90 days visa
Single entry visa
Fee in Sri Lankan Rupees
40, 500 Rs
Fee in UAE Dirhams
800 AED
  •  Validity : 60 days to enter
  •  Duration of stay in UAE : 90 days
  •  Grace Period : 10 days
30 days visa
Multiple entry visa
Fee in Sri Lankan Rupees
55, 600 Rs
Fee in UAE Dirhams
1100 AED
  •  Validity : 60 days to enter
  •  Duration of stay in UAE : Multiple stays from the day enter to 30 th day
  •  Grace Period : Not applicable
90 days visa
Multiple entry visa
Fee in Sri Lankan Rupees
121, 400 Rs
Fee in UAE Dirhams
2400 AED
  •  Validity : 60 days to enter
  •  Duration of stay in UAE : Multiple stays from the day enter to 90 th day
  •  Grace Period : Not applicable

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Currency in UAE

The AED which is the code for the United Arab Emirates dirham is simply known as Emirati dirham. The informal abbreviation for AED includes DH or DHS.1 dirham is equal to 100 fils. The conversion rate of AED to LKR keeps fluctuating. As of now, 1 AED is equivalent to 50.60 Sri Lankan Rupees. Make sure to carry some Emirati dirhams during your travel to Dubai. Sea Street Colombo offers a good exchange rate for LKR to AED. Checkout the current conversion rate in XE

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Things to do in Dubai

The excursions and activities mentioned below are a favorite of most Sri Lankans visiting Dubai.

01 Stop at the Burj Khalifa - 5050 LKR (100 AED)

This spectacular mega structure stands out in Dubai's skyline with a staggering height of 828 meters. Hard to miss even from a distance, the building looks even more splendid up close. The views offered at the observation deck at the 124th floor will let you see Dubai from a bird's eye view and truly admire the layout of this stunning city. If tall heights is not your weak point, head further up to the 148th floor Sky Lounge where you can get a better view that extends quite far. If you wish to stay a bit longer, enjoy some views with a delicious meal at the Atmosphere or the world's tallest lounge, The Lounge Burj Khalifa.

02 Roam The Dubai Mall – Free

Although it is called a mall, this amazing development is the biggest understatement as it offers way more than that. Even the swiftest of walkers can't sightsee the entire mall in a day thanks to its 150 restaurants, 1200 or more shops, the Dubai Aquarium and underwater zoo, an ice rink, indoor theme park, a large indoor waterfall and a choreographed fountain on its exterior.

03 The Dubai Fountain – Free

A part of Dubai mall, the Dubai fountain can be viewed from the observation deck at Burj Khalifa too and is also known as the dancing fountain. Regarded as the biggest choreographed fountain system in the world, the jet water streams go up as high as 150 meters.The water jets are illuminated in various colors and move in tune to international songs that are popular. This is one of the most popular attractions with shows scheduled on afternoons (at 1.00 pm and 1.30 pm excluding Fridays) and every 30 minutes after sunset until 11.00pm.

04 Visit and cross the Dubai Creek – Free and Abra Boat ride 100 LKR (2 AED)

Although Dubai is as modern as a city can get it also has a traditional side which is situated around the Dubai creek. Originally a saltwater estuary, it is where the Bani Yas tribe created their first settlement. Their proximity to the water led them to develop skills in pearl diving and fishing, a crucial part of Dubai's economy. Modern day Dubai creek still exudes an aura of Emirati history and houses the famous Dubai Museum within its quaint alleyways. These alleyways are also a hotspot for purchasing gold, a variety of spices and textiles in souls dedicated specifically for those items. One of the mandatory activities is an Abra ride which will let you sightsee the buildings that line the banks and their unique character.

05 Go on a desert safari in Dubai's desert – LKR 5,050 to 10,100 (100 to 200 AED) depending on quality and camp

A visit to Dubai is incomplete without heading to its desert. Only 40 minutes away from the bustling metropolis, the Dubai desert gives you a taste of the Emirati vibe. Enjoy activities like off-roading, dune bashing, sand boarding and quad biking in the desert sands. At camp you can dine on barbecues, watch live belly dance performances, get a henna tattoo or ride a camel. If you don't like to be confined by a time limit head out on your own with a desert picnic but make sure to stick near the road if you are without an experienced desert guide.

06 Enjoy a Dubai Dhow Cruise – LKR 4000 to 7500 (80 AED to 150 AED) depending on the quality of boat

Ideal for a laid back or romantic evening in Dubai, the wooden Dhow is equipped with all necessities for comfort. Begin with a drop off from your hotel to the cruise starting point. The lush surroundings of the dhow boat and the mesmerizing water backed by the skyline will create a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy the Arabic traditions. This evening will be incomplete without food, which there is plenty of in both Arabic and international varieties. Apart from savoring the food you will also savor the lit up buildings of Dubai.

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Sri Lankan restaurants in Dubai

Dubai has multiple dining options. However, if you miss Sri Lankan food or craving a plate of hoppers then you have a few options in Dubai that dish out authentic Sri Lankan food.

Chef Lanka

Location : Grand Shopping Mall, Al Quoz & in Karama


Araliya Restaurant

Location: Near Astoria Hotel, Meena Bazaar


Curry Leaf

Location: Bur Dubai