Residents of the UK and several other countries, including Australia, the United States of America, Canada, and Japan, are permitted to stay in the UAE without a pre-arranged visa or residence permit for a maximum of 30 days per year. Without a pre-arranged visa, nationals of the majority of European countries are permitted to stay in the UAE for 90 days. Their passports are stamped at the airport with a free 90-day visit visa.
However, what if you wish to stay longer than 90 days in the United Arab Emirates? Check out our visa section.
The visa regime between the Emirates and other countries is simple. There are several types of entry permits available in the UAE, depending on the purpose of the trip.
If your flight layover in the UAE is longer than a day, you must apply for a transit visa, which allows you to stay in the country for a maximum of 96 hours.
The most common type of entry in the UAE is a tourist visa. This visa entitles you to stay in the Emirates for a period of 30 to 90 days, depending on your citizenship.
To visit relatives in the UAE, you must apply for a visit visa. This type of permit allows for a stay of 29 days in the United Arab Emirates.
If you wish to extend your stay, your relatives may apply to the UAE Migration Service for a visa extension.
Those travelling to the United Arab Emirates on business must apply for a business visa. Your employer, a company registered in the UAE, applies for your visa. This visa is valid for 60 days.
You must apply for a job and residency through your employer during this 60-day period. This type of visa entitles you to a two-year stay in the country. However, the terms may vary depending on the citizenship of the applicant.
A residency visa or a residence permit is issued for periods of two to ten years. This period is determined by the basis on which the visa is issued.
For instance, if you buy a property in the UAE for at least AED 10,000,000 (about USD 3,000,000), you can apply for a ten-year visa. You can also invest in business and set up a company in the UAE to be eligible to apply for this type of entry permit.
A five-year residence permit can be obtained by property investors who invest at least AED 5,000,000 (USD 1,360,000) in residential or commercial properties. Applicants can buy a property on a mortgage loan.
Investors who have invested at least AED 1,000,000 (approximately USD 272,000) in real estate are eligible for a two-year resident visa. The applicant must demonstrate a monthly income of at least $2,720. Another requirement is that the applicant obtains a mortgage loan in order to purchase a property.
Since the middle of last year, foreigners have been able to enter the UAE only through Dubai. You can travel here from other countries, including Sharjah, Ajman, Abu Dhabi, and other emirates from other countries, but there are significantly fewer direct flights.
At the airport, a migration officer may enquire about your intended stay and the hotel reservation. Additionally, the officer can verify the travellers’ health insurance. Without it, you will be denied exit from the airport and may be deported from the country. A healthcare insurance policy is required to cover the cost of any COVID-19 treatment that may be required.
Currently, all tourists entering the United Arab Emirates must adhere to the following rules:
What should you do if you need to stay in the United Arab Emirates for more than 30 days?
To remain legally in the United Arab Emirates for longer than 30 days, you must extend your visa, but this can only be done for a maximum of one month (30 days). Tourists are not permitted to extend their 90-day visas.
After contacting the migration service, you must complete a visa extension application, which requires you to include your current visa’s identification number. Following that, you must pay the AED 100 visa extension fee.
People who stay in the United Arab Emirates without prolonging their visa risk getting a fine. You must pay AED 200 for each day overdue and AED 100 for each subsequent day.