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Dubai Visa-On-Arrival Explained

24 April 2024, Updated

Plan your trip wisely with this Arabiers complete Dubai visa-on-arrival guide.

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Which countries get visa on arrival in Dubai?

How Much Does Dubai Visa on Arrival cost?

Which nationalities are banned in UAE?

How long does it take to get a visa on arrival in Dubai?

How to do Dubai visa on arrival extension?

GCC residents can get a Dubai visa on arrival ?

Is UAE allowing visa on arrival during 2024 covid out break?

Quick answers to all yours visa questions

Can I get on arrival visa in Dubai ?

Yes, if your country is included in the visa-on-arrival list.

Which countries get Visa-On-Arrival in Dubai ?

Check the on-arrival visa list mentioned below.

Can you get a Dubai visa at the airport ?


How long does it take to get a Visa-On-Arrival in Dubai ?

With Dubai's smart e-Government services, you will be getting your visa-on-arrival in minutes.

How Much Does Visa on Arrival cost?

3 visa-on-arrival are free, 1 paid.

How to do Dubai visa on arrival extension ?

There are multiple ways, checkout below.

Dubai visa on arrival Faq

Table of Content

The different types of visas and their procedures can be confusing, read the following comprehensive guide for a smooth and comfortable trip.

What is a Dubai visa on arrival ?

What is a Dubai visa on arrival

The Visa-On-Arrival is a facility offered by the UAE immigration that has the following features :

tick Can be obtained after landing at the Dubai airport and does not need to be pre-arranged.

tick The visa is stamped at the immigration counter after you arrive at the airport and go through required biometric procedures.

tick The visa is updated into the Amer system and ICA system.

tick Only given to individuals originating/holding passports from specific countries upon arrival.

tick Three of the four visa types are provided free while one is issued after paying a fee.

What are the types of visa on arrival in Dubai

Dubai immigration issues 180 days/90 days/30 days and 14 days of on-arrival visas. The eligibility will depend on the country of origin or the passport you hold.

1Three of the four visa types are provided free while one is issued after paying a fee.

2The nationals/passport holders of Australia, Canada, UK, USA etc. can get a free 30-day on-arrival visa.

3The nationals/passport holders of Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Italy etc. can get a complementary 90-day visa-on-arrival.

4Indians who hold a valid green card/visit visa to the US or a UK/EU residence visa are eligible for a 14-day paid visa on-arrival.

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90 Days


30 Days

14 Days

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180 Days

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yellow-bulletEntry type: Multi Entry

yellow-bulletValidity period: 6 months from date of issue

yellow-bulletVisa requirements:

Originate from or hold passports from any of the 48 countries mentioned below:

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

yellow-bulletCost: Free

yellow-bulletIs the visa extendable?

This visa is non-extendable. However, there are ways in which you can extend your stay, learn more about these procedures, at UAE Tourist Visa Extension Options 2024.

yellow-bulletPermitted stay duration:

- 90 days during the 6 months with no grace period.


green-bulletEntry type: Single Entry

green-bulletVisa requirements:

Should be nationals or hold passports from either of the 19 countries or territories mentioned below :

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

green-bulletCost: Free

green-bulletIs the visa extendable?

Yes, it is extendable once for an extra 30 days and may cost approximately 1000 AED.

green-bulletPermitted stay duration:

- 40 days from the date of issue; 30 days including 10 days grace period (failure to exit the country or extend the visa will result in fines).

- 70 days if extension is taken via Immigration authority.

- You can stay longer if you choose an extension procedure via Arabiers, which are mentioned below.

- A new 30-day visa-on-arrival will be issued every time the individual exits and enters the country.

- There is no limit to the number of 30 days on-arrival visas issued per person, annually. Rejection or issuance of a visa is the sole discretion of the Immigration authorities.


vol-bulletEntry type: Single Entry

vol-bulletVisa requirements: Indian passport-holders who fulfill either of the following:

- Hold a valid residence visa issued by UK or EU countries(with minimum validity of 6 months), Or

- Hold a green card or visitor visa (at least valid for 6 months) issued by USA

vol-bulletCost: 120 AED (subject to change)

vol-bulletIs the visa extendable?

Yes, it can be extended once for an additional 14 days and may cost approximately 250 AED (subject to change).

vol-bulletPermitted stay duration:

- 14 days from date of issue (failure to exit the country or extend visa will result in fines)

- 28 days if extension is also taken


blue-bulletEntry type: Multiple Entry

blue-bulletValidity period: 6 months from date of issue

blue-bulletVisa requirements: Individuals who hold Mexican passports.

blue-bulletCost: Free

blue-bulletIs the visa extendable?

This visa is non-extendable. However, you can extend your stay by contacting Arabiers.

The stay duration can be used in multiple entries until the permitted 180-day duration is consumed.

blue-bulletPermitted stay duration:

- 180 days from the date of issue that can be used within the span of 6 months

“A grace period is a specific number of days given as a buffer within which the visa holder has to leave the country or extend their stay by applying for a new visa or extending their current visa.”

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Can we get a Dubai visa on arrival online?

No, you can’t get this visa type online. As the name suggests, a Dubai visa on arrival is issued at the Dubai airport’s immigraton counter. The issued visa will be updated into the AMER and ICA systems after all biometric procedures are completed.

What are the necessary Dubai visa on arrival documents ?

You should belong to any of the eligible countries, with your passport having a minimum of 6 months validity.

What is the Dubai visa on arrival process?

The process of getting a Dubai on arrival visa is very easy:

  1. 11. Get-off from flight.
  2. 2Proceed to immigration counter.
  3. 33. Update your Biometrics.
  4. 4Visa is stamped on passport and updated on ICA and AMER systems.
  5. 5Collect luggage.
  6. 6Exit airport.
Are there any Dubai visa on arrival fees?

There are no fees for the 30-day, 90-day and 180-day on-arrival visas but a fee of 120 AED for a 14-day on-arrival visa.

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Can you get a Dubai visa on arrival for Indian passport with US visa?

Yes, you can get a paid Dubai visa on arrival if you hold a valid US visa.

What is the Dubai visa on arrival cost for Indian passport holders with a US visa?

The cost for this type of visa is 120 AED which is subject to change.

Is there a Dubai visa on arrival for Indian nationals?

Indian nationals who do not hold a US Visit Visa/Green Card or a UK/EU Residence Visa cannot get an on-arrival visa. They have to apply for a prepaid Dubai visa.check available prepaid visa options for Indians.

Can you get a Dubai visa on arrival for Pakistani passport?

As of now, Pakistani nationals or passport holders are not eligible for a Dubai on arrival visa.

How can I travel to Dubai if my country of origin is not in any of the on-arrival country lists?

You will have to apply for a prepaid visa and wait until it is issued. If booking a prepaid visa, you can choose from any of the following :

  • • 30 day single entry
  • • 60 day single entry
  • • 30 day multiple entry
  • • 60 day multiple entry


“It is cheaper for Indians who are eligible for an on-arrival visa and want to stay for a duration less than 14 days to get the 14-day on-arrival visa. If they wish to stay for a longer duration, then it’s much cheaper to get the 30-day prepaid visa.”

Extension Procedures

Dubai visa on arrival Extension
Can the 30 day on-arrival visa be extended?

Yes, the 30 day on-arrival visa can be extended once via the immigration services for a cost of approximately 1000 AED

What are the extension procedures for 30-day on arrival visa holders?

30-day on arrival visa holders have three options to choose from if they want to extend their visa:

Option 01Extend with amer services

Option 02Extend with an Oman border run

Option 03Extend with inside country visa without exit

Option 04Airport to Airport visa change

How can 90 day on-arrival visa holders extend their stay in Dubai?

Holders of the 90-day on arrival visa have three options to extend their stay:

Option 01Oman visa run and re-enter with prepaid visa

Option 02Airport to Airport visa change

Option 03Inside country visa without exit

How can I extend my visa with an Oman border run?

If you extend with an Oman border run, you can choose either of below methods to stay longer:

Get a new on arrival visa (only for 30-day on arrival visa holders)

First, apply for an Oman visa by visiting the official website. Drive to the border or book a bus after your Oman visa is approved. Pass the Oman border and re-enter Dubai with a new 30-day visa for free.

Get a prepaid visa (ideal for all on-arrival visa holders)

Contact a tourism firm that can issue an Express Visa and apply for an Oman Visa through their website. After your Oman visa is approved, drive to the border or travel by bus with a visa run package. Upon receiving confirmation from the travel firm that your visa has been issued, re-enter Dubai with your new prepaid visa. You can choose from the 4 prepaid visa types mentioned below.

What is the procedure for an inside country visa?

Although slightly costlier than the other two options, the inside country visa does not require you to exit the country or visit any immigration office. The procedure to obtain the visa is as follows :

  • • Contact a reputed travel operator that has been authorized to issue inside country visas.
  • • Submit the required documents and settle the payment for the visa.
  • • Your new visa application, status change and UID will be processed.
  • • The new e-visa and e-status change copy will be sent to you via your preferred medium (email / WhatsApp)
  • • Check and confirm the visa expiry date.
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How does a Airport to Airport visa change package work?

The Airport-to-Airport procedure is also recognized as A2A. The first step is to approach a tourism firm that offers an A2A package. Arrive at the Dubai or Sharjah airport at approximately 8:00 AM. You can choose the most convenient airport for you while purchasing the A2A package. Proceed to the immigration counter and get the exit stamp on your passport. A photo of this stamp needs to be sent to the representative from your firm. Fly to either Bahrain or Oman and wait until your visa has been processed. Return to Dubai or Sharjah airport and your new visa will be active.

Will I get a new Dubai on-arrival visa every time I exit and enter the country?

Unfortunately, not all on-arrival visa types have this perk. 30-day on arrival visa holders can exit and enter with a new free visa. Holders of other on-arrival visa types are not eligible for this service. They can get a new free on arrival visa only if they have been out of the country for 6 months or more. Issuing an on-arrival visa is the sole decision of the immigration authorities.

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“Always check your visa expiry date! If you want to stay longer, extend your visa before your current visa expiry date to save yourself from paying any overstay fines. ”

COVID-Related Updates

Update 08.03.2022

  • border-bullet Wearing masks is still mandatory in closed public settings but are not required to be worn in open-air public places. This announcement was made by the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai and is effective starting from Saturday, February 26.
    Source: Gulf News
  • border-bullet Effective from February 26 onwards, the UAE's National Emergency, Crisis, and Disasters Management Authority announced that PCR testing has been eliminated for fully-vaccinated travellers. Unvaccinated travellers need to show a recovery certificate with a QR code that is taken within one month of the scheduled travel date or a negative PCR test certificate that was taken within 48 hours before departure.
    Source : The National
  • border-bulletThe UAE authorities of ICA and NCEMA announced on 28th August, 2021 that tourist visas will be issued starting from 30th August, 2021 for fully vaccinated tourists.
  • Six points to note from this update :
  • border-bulletTourist visas will be issued to travellers irrespective of their country of origin from August 30th, 2021.
  • border-bulletTravellers need to be fully vaccinated with any of the Astrazeneca/Johnson and Johnson/Moderna/Pfizer/ Sinopharm/Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines approved by WHO.
  • border-bulletTourist visas will also be issued for travellers from countries where travel was previously restricted.
  • border-bulletIndividuals arriving with tourist visas must take a compulsory PCR test on arrival at the Dubai airport.
  • border-bulletThe previous rules are applicable for any non-vaccinated applicant, including exempted categories.
  • border-bulletVaccinated travellers who want to enjoy the benefits given by UAE for vaccinated individuals can register via the Al Hosn app or the ICA platform.

Prepaid Visas

Who is eligible for a Dubai Prepaid visa?

If you have a valid passport, you can apply for a Dubai Prepaid Visa. There are no specific eligibility criteria.

What are the supporting documents I need to submit when applying for a prepaid visa?

You need to hand over the following documents:

  • border-bullet Colour photo of applicant
  • border-bullet Colour copy of applicant’s passport (must be valid for at least 3 months)
  • border-bullet Completed application form
  • border-bullet Copy of return flight ticket
  • border-bullet Applicants from certain countries might have to submit additional documents along with those listed above, namely:

Pakistan/Iran and Iraq nationals: National ID card
Afghanistan: Tazkira ID/National ID card

What are the types of Dubai Prepaid visas?

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Transit visas

This visa is ideal for transit passengers with layovers at Dubai airport.

48-hour transit visa:
This is a non-extendable visa that permits the user to be in Dubai for approximately 2 days.

96-hour transit visa:
Also non-extendable, the visa permits the user to stay in Dubai for 4 days from the date of entry.

Single-entry visas

30-day tourist visa (short-term):
An extendable visa that allows the holder to stay in Dubai for 30 days. The 30 days can be used in a single entry.

90-day tourist visa (long-term):
This visa is also extendable and permits the holder to stay in Dubai for 90 days.

Multiple-entry visas

30-day tourist visa:
This visa permits the holder to stay in Dubai for a total of 30 days that can be used up in different entries.

90-day tourist visa:
The extendable visa allows the holder to stay in Dubai for a total of 90 days that can be used up in a single entry, or multiple entries.

Nationalities Having difficulties securing visas

As the following countries might face some issues in securing visas due to certain issues in the region, the nationals are recommended to be updated accordingly.

Dubai visa on arrival for Afghanistan

Overstaying Fines

What are overstaying fines?

Overstaying fines are the fines charged by the Immigration authorities if a visa holder exceeds the stay duration.

When do we have to settle overstaying fines?

The fines need to be settled at the time of exit at the airport’s immigration counter.

How are overstaying fines calculated?

The Dubai immigration has implemented a new fine system for visitors who overstay more than their allowed duration. According to the new fine system, there will be a standard fine amount of 50 AED/ day until the final exit or status change duration. Furthermore, there will be an additional exit clearance charge of 350 AED which need to be paid to clear the fine/s.

Example scenario:

Suppose Mary overstayed 5 days past her visa expiry date. At the time of her exit, she will pay a fine of 600 AED. Following is the breakdown of her fine :

Fine day 1 50 AED
Fine day 2 to 5 4 x 50 AED 200 AED
Exist charge 350 AED
round-quote“Save yourself from any unnecessary fines by knowing your visa expiry date. For easier calculation of your last date of stay, use the Arabiers visa calculator.

Changing to Residence Visa

Documents required to change from on arrival to residence visa?

The documents you need to provide for sponsoring your spouse are:
  • file-icon Passport bio page (Soft copy)
  • file-icon Dubai visa page (Soft copy)
  • file-icon Attested marriage certificate (Soft copy)
  • file-icon Passport’s bio page of spouse (Soft copy)
  • file-icon Spouse’s coloured photograph (Soft copy)
The documents needed to process a residence visa for your children are:
  • file-icon Attested Child birth certificate (Soft copy)
  • file-icon Passport’s bio page of child (Soft copy)


If you are visiting Dubai seeking employment, make sure to bring a copy of marriage certificate, birth certificate, etc that has been attested by the UAE embassy in your country of origin.

What is the procedure for changing from on-arrival visa to residence visa?

If you have all the documents with you, then you can go ahead with changing your on-arrival visa to a residence visa. Although the procedure is done by the employer, here is a rough outline of the steps.

  • border-bullets Search your job, attend interviews and get selected. You are allowed to attend interviews and visit prospective employers while holding an on-arrival visa.
  • border-bullets Apply for quota. This process can take roughly 2 to 3 days.
  • border-bullets Get the offer letter from your employer/company. This process can take anywhere between 1 to 3 days.
  • border-bullets Labour payment (1 day)
  • border-bullets Entry permit inside (1 day)
  • border-bullets Change status (1 day)
  • border-bullets Medical (3-4 days)
  • border-bullets Emirates id biometric (1day)
  • border-bullets Stamping (4-5 days)

What’s the charge for a residence visa change?

There are no required documents for an on arrival visa. You only need to have your passport with a minimum 6 months validity.

How long does it take to issue a residence visa?

The duration for issuing a residence visa is unpredictable. Some companies get the residence visa within a matter of days. Whereas, for some companies it can take as long as 2 to 3 months. This could be dependent on the employing company’s reputation or standing in Dubai.


“Jennifer was waiting for her employer to convert her 30-day on arrival visa to a residence visa. Unfortunately, she had to pay a large fine of 14,500 AED because her residence visa took approximately 2 months to get issued. To avoid paying overstaying fines, purchase a prepaid visa that costs way less than paying a hefty fine of 100 AED per day of overstaying. ”