Everyone entering the UAE needs a visit visa (also known as an entry permit) except for citizens of GCC countries. The procedures for obtaining a visit visa vary depending on your nationality. Check the regulations before travelling as details can change. Currently, nationalities from 46 countries (including UK, USA, Australia and Canada) can obtain a 30 day visa on arrival at no cost. The 30 day visa can be renewed once for a further 30 days at a cost of Dhs.625.

All other nationalities can apply for a visa in advance before entry, sponsored by a local entity, someone who is resident in Dubai (visit visa), or by a hotel or tour operator (tourist visa). There are minimum income levels for expatriates wanting to sponsor a visitor and the visitor can only be a first or second degree family member, not just a friend. Business travellers can also apply for a specific visa.

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