Frequently Asked Questions

Applications

What is the typical processing time for a Dubai visa application?

Under normal circumstances, the Dubai visa application process takes an average of 72 hours (equivalent to 3 U.A.E. business days) from the time of submission, excluding specific periods like Eid, New Year's Eve, and public holidays in the United Arab Emirates (Friday, Saturday). However, for express applications, the processing time is much quicker, usually ranging from 2 to 10 hours.
 

It's important to note that the processing time may vary depending on the security review of the applicant. For instance, if someone with the same Name and Surname as you has a history of visa violations, criminal activities, or involvement in any incidents in the United Arab Emirates, your application might undergo a more detailed security check, even if you have no connection to those issues. In such cases, the processing time could be longer.
 

On average, most Dubai visa applications are processed within 3 Dubai business days. Nevertheless, some applications might still be pending, as they are subject to further security investigation. Any updates or developments related to your application will be promptly communicated to you via email. If you haven't received any new notifications, it means there haven't been any significant changes, and the application is progressing as usual.

Which passport type should I use to apply for a visa?

Generally, holders of Special, Service, and Diplomatic passports do not need a visa to enter the United Arab Emirates. However, if you possess a General or Ordinary passport, you will be required to obtain a United Arab Emirates visa before entering Dubai.

How many types of visas are there?

 

Dubai Visa Types are examined under 2 main headings.
 

  1. Touristic & Commercial & Visiting Visas :

 

  • 30-Day (Single Entry) Tourist Visa
  • 30-Day (Multiple Entry) Tourist Visa
  • 90-Day (Single Entry) Tourist Visa
  • 90-Day (Multiple Entry) Tourist Visa
     
  1. Visas Issued for Residence & Work & Education Purposes
  • 6 Months (Unlimited Entry) Visa
  • 1 Year (Unlimited Entry) Visa.

Cancellation

In which situations is my Dubai (United Arab Emirates) Visa application at risk of NOT being approved?

If you have been in a visa violation before (if you have exceeded your stay or have been forcibly removed by the authorities), you will be subject to an additional security investigation.

 

This process can take up to 10-15 business days. At the end of the process, your visa runs the risk of not being approved.


If you have stayed in the United Arab Emirates for 20 (twenty) days or more during your previous trip to Dubai, in order to apply for a Dubai visa again; 31 days must have passed from the date of departure from the United Arab Emirates.


Single women under the age of 25 may be subject to an additional security review when travelling alone or with friends without their family and their visa applications may run the risk of being approved.


Persons over the age of 65 may be subject to additional security investigations when travelling alone or with another family member over the age of 65, or with another non-family member, and their visa applications may involve the risk of being disapproved. In order to avoid this situation, it is recommended to travel with a family member under the age of 65 and apply for a visa for this person.


Persons whose birthplace is in any of the countries of Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Tunisia, or Yemen will be subject to additional security examination, additional documents may be requested from these persons during the examination process and the visa application may carry the risk of negative results.

Will my application fee be refunded if my visa is not approved?

Approving or rejecting your visa application is at the discretion of the Dubai Residence and Foreigners General Directorate (DNRD), in order to minimize any potential grievances of the applicants, for 30-Day Single Entry and Express visa application types, if you meet the conditions, the fee will be refunded by our application centre.

 

This policy may be suspended due to pandemic conditions. Please check the service contract that you will read and approve before submitting your application. If the fee refund policy is in effect, it will be included in this contract. Otherwise, no refund will be made.

Is there an application time limit?

No. You can apply 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via our website and inquire about your application status.

Payment

How can I pay the application fee?

You can complete your payment using a credit or debit card via our website.

Can persons under the age of 18 obtain a visa?

Citizens under the age of 18 can obtain a UAE Visa. However, first of all, one of the first-degree relatives of the child under the age of 18 (mother, father, elder brother, sister) or the official responsible person of the child must apply for a visa.

 

In school trips, the application of the teacher responsible for the child (with a letterhead and official letter from the school) must be made.