When Dubai visa will open after corona lockdown 2020 is a biggest concern of the travelers who are waiting to enter Dubai (UAE).
When can I apply a tourist visit visa to UAE? When flights to United Arab Emirates will resume? When I can travel to Abu Dhabi again? When Dubai will re-open for tourists? These might be the questions that most of you are bothering about at this moment, perhaps all these days.
Covid19 is indeed a complete unexpected situation that has affected all the travelers who supposed to come to UAE to visit family & friends, for a holiday, to seek a job opportunity or for a business purpose. Since you have postponed your visit to UAE and waited, without waiting anymore now you can start planning your journey again to come to UAE. Good news, as per the latest announcement Dubai will be open for tourists from July 7th. Indeed, this will be your most waited answer!
Let’s have a look on how you can apply a new visit visa after covid19 and when you can arrive to United Arab Emirates airport or boarder to enter this country Post-Corona. If you are hoping to travel to Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah or any other seven Emirates city, take a look at the below guide to plan your travel to UAE after the corona pandemic for a safe and easy entry process.
After corona you can apply a tourist visa through a tour operator or airline or hotel who can sponsor for your visa in Abu Dhabi or Dubai or Sharjah immigration. The documents list that you will required to prepare are Passport copy with at-least 6 months validity, Photograph with white background. Sometimes, in the future you might be asked to submit a Medical certificate (Covid-19 Negative result) issued by the health authority in your home country, attested by UAE embassy which is not considered as a must so far.
Even though a Travel insurance is still not a mandatory requirement, it’s wiser to obtain a travel International health insurance or a medical insurance that cover medical emergencies, Corona virus related tests, medication and hospitalization .The reason to say so, is because in case during your entry / stay in UAE if you found covid19 positive, there is a high tendency that you won’t be able to access free health services and you will be needing to pay each and every thing. Therefore, better to obtain a medical insurance that covers the period of your stay in UAE.
For Pakistani adults to apply a UAE tourist visa, Pakistani national ID / Pakistani Overseas ID is mandatory document whereas child applicants also require to submit Pakistani national ID and family certificate along with the visa application. If your kids do not have it yet, then better to be ready with this document.
All other nationalities kids who are willing to apply UAE tourist visa with at-least one of the parents visa application, will require to submit their Birth certificate. (Arabic or English translation)
So, along with your tourist visa, passport and flights ticket don’t forget to bring your Corona virus Negative PCR test report. Otherwise, you won’t allow entry to UAE unless you complete the PCR test at the airport by paying the full fee of the test.
Applying UAE Visit visa sponsored by a family member who has resident visa, is sort of a process that the sponsor can get done from the nearest immigration branch office in Abu Dhabi or Dubai or Sharjah. A UAE resident visa holder must meet the eligibility criteria in order to sponsor a Visit visa of his/her immediate family member and needing to submit few personal documents including salary certificate, resident visa copy, relationship proof etc.
As specified in the UAE entry protocol announced by the disaster mitigation committee it’s compulsory to carry a medical certificate with negative PCR test result for Covid19 OR complete the test at the Dubai airport. Only 96 hours valid PCR test reports will be accepted at the Dubai airport for entry. If your PCR report is issued before more than 96 hours, then you will require to do the test at the Dubai airport by paying the full fee.
Usually, on-arrival listed nationalities have the privilege of travelling to UAE without applying a visa to UAE. They used to obtain on-arrival stamp visa during the time they arrive respective airport in United Arab Emirates. After corona, the things have changed and from 17th March 2020 till today, United Arab Emirates immigration department do not grant entry for on-arrival visitors until further notice. So, at this moment you cannot come to UAE cities using on-arrival visa facility. Hopefully, in the near future new visa entry will be allowed in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman and other emirates.
Luckily, after 7th July On-arrival nationals will get free entry as before and they are not required to apply a pre-approved visa to arrive Dubai.
However, On-arrival visa holders are also, eligible to travel UAE even on pre-approved tourist visa whenever they wanted and it can be get done through UAE based inbound tour operator, airline or hotel based in UAE.
Now it self you can prepare yourself by being aware of the requirements to apply new UAE visas after corona. Same as before the basic requirements are same as before the passport detail pages scan copy and Photograph of the applicant.
If your purpose of visiting UAE is to convert Tourist/ visit visa to a Resident visa in that case the below Asian nationality applicants better to bring a Medical fitness certificate issued by GAMCA or GCC approved medical center other than the PCR test. This fitness certificate is essential whenever you are processing the resident visa and it has 3 months validity from the date of its been issued. Certain Asian nationals must your medical fitness report in order to get the approval in the ministry of labor to get done your employment visa while in UAE on a tourist/ visit visa. This report usually must be attested by foreign ministry of your home country and also the UAE embassy in your home country. It is better to initiate this test from GAMCA online portal and visit the appointed respective medical center in your home country at-least 10 days before the expected arrival date to UAE.
All visas and entry permits issued on or before 15th March and not being used has been automatically cancelled first as a safety measure. After on around May even though those visa are being activated due to unavailability of flights, validity of the visas expired. Therefore, you cannot use the same invalid visas now to enter UAE since Immigration department did not given any sort of validity extension for those visas.
The only option you have is to apply a new tourist visa and use it to enter UAE after 7th July.
Unfortunately, you are not eligible for any refund from the immigration department for the issued visa which has been expired by now. At the same time you will not able to get some extension for the validity of the unused visa which already expired before the re-opening of UAE for visitors.
You will be needing to submit same documents list for Dubai same as Abu Dhabi tourist visa.
As soon as the visa application submission resumes for new arrivals you can apply to get the visas processed. Now you can be ready with the documents and be in touch with a visa agent who can get it done for you without hustle.
Generally UAE passport holders are belongs to on-arrival category. If you wants to apply baby tourist visa you can get it done through a tourism company who can sponsor his visa. Upon arrival to UAE while being on tourist visa you can change the baby visa to resident visa. Hopefully you can get it done in July and travel to UAE on same month
They will be able submit visa applications in July to come to UAE
Those who utilized the free extension which was offered for the people whose visa expired before 01st March, are required to leave UAE by 18th August. They can exit before 18th August without paying any overstay fine. Once, you exit, you are allowed to come to UAE obtaining a new valid visa. You can follow the same procedure of applying new tourist visa and come back UAE.
When you take the automatic validity extension on visas till 31st December that means you are needing to go out of the country before end of 2020. If you are thinking to continue the stay even after 31st December you can select a suitable option which is cost effective and possible depend on the situation.
Anyhow, if you choose to do the inside visa you will be needing to pay all the fines from 10th June which is the correct date of your previous visa expiry. For the inside country visa status change is not applicable. So, this won’t help you unless you are ready to pay all the fines. Airport to Airport visa change or Oman visa run ( for on-arrival nationals ) would be good solution as during that visa change process you will exit UAE to nearest gulf country and return on the same day or next day. The charges for this 2 options are comparatively cheaper.
Probably in July this will start again the operation for visa renewal purposes of UAE visitors
Most likely to start A2A visa change by July end for the convenience of UAE visitors and cancelled resident visa holders to remain in UAE for more longer.
As announce 7th July tourists can start visiting UAE. Hence, on-arrival visitor’s entry also will allow from July in UAE
Controlling air traffic, aviation companies and authorities planning to operate flights to UAE adopting a new scheduling system. Sooner from most of the destinations flights will fly to Dubai and Sharjah.
If you are Positive for Covid-19 – indeed you will be needing to undergo 14 days home quarantine period. Depending on your health situation, hospitalization and treatments can be obtained which are paid services.