Dubai Visa With Emirates Airlines

We’ve been reporting on one tactic that Emirates Airlines has employed over the past couple of years, particularly since the lower oil prices started taking their toll on airlines worldwide. The airline has tried to offset declining revenues and profits by adding upgrades and “perks” to its frequent flyer program that customers can purchase with their miles. In a previous case, we covered an offer allowing you to upgrade yourself from Economy Class all the way to Business Class using purchased miles. Through this post today, I thought we’d explore another such package that Emirates has rolled out recently, which we have dubbed “Dubai Visa with Emirates Airlines”.One of the most efficient and convenient visa services provided by many countries around the world is the UAE Visa. Dubai, one of the seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates has such a visa that can be acquired through Emirates Airlines Company (EAC). In fact, there are several choices for holders to choose from depending on where you live.

Dubai Visa With Emirates Airlines

If you are going to visit Dubai, UAE, then you need to expand your options before finalizing a flight. Emirates Airlines is the best option if you are looking for an affordable flight. The airline belongs to Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, so you get the benefit of competitive rates and excellent service. The airline offers an expansive network that features flights from all corners of the globe like Paris and Toronto.Many people who have visited Dubai know that one of the most important things to remember is your visa. Visa’s are essential when visiting Dubai and a number of other countries in the Middle East. Getting the right visa for you will make all the difference in whether you enjoy your time there or not.

180‑day visit eligibility

If you hold a Mexican passport you’re eligible for a multiple entry 180‑day visit visa that’s valid for 6 months from the date of issue, and for a stay of 180 days in total.

Dubai immigration procedures

As an added security measure, Immigration Authorities at Dubai International are now conducting random eye screening for visitors to Dubai.

Visitors asked to proceed for eye screening are required to present a hard copy of their visa or a printed version of the visa number confirmation page at the screening counter. If you do not have a copy with you, a charge of AED 30 per copy applies ‑ payable only in AED.

Important information

Before you travel to the UAE, please check your visa requirements and make sure you have a valid visa if needed, or if your passport needs to be valid for a minimum period. Holders of non‑standard passports and travel documents may also have different entry requirements: find out if you need to apply for a visa and other passport requirements.

As of 29 April 2016, GCC residence permit holders will need to apply for a UAE visa before arriving in Dubai.

As of 1 May 2017, Indian nationals holding a normal passport valid for a minimum of six months from the arrival date, and a visit visa or green card issued by the USA which is valid for a minimum of six months, or holding a UK or EU residence, can obtain a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 14 days for a charge of AED120 (subject to change). They can apply to extend their stay for an additional 14 days for AED250 (subject to change).

Prearranged UAE visas

Visa typeDurationApproximate rate inclusive of VATExtensions
48‑hour48 hoursUS$10Non‑extendable
96‑hour4 days from arrival dateUS$30Non‑extendable
Tourist – short term (single entry)30 days from arrival dateUS$90Extendable US$230
Tourist – short term (multiple entry)30 days from first entryUS$175Extendable US$230
Tourist – long term (single entry)90 days from arrival dateUS$190Extendable US$230
Tourist – long term (multiple entry)90 days from first entryUS$460Extendable US$230

Required documents

  1. Colour photograph of applicant
  2. Colour copy of applicant’s passport. The passport must be valid for at least three months.
  3. The original application form (available at all Emirates ticketing offices) can be accessed in Arabic or English, depending on the applicant’s nationality. Download the English or Arabic application form.
  4. Copy of the Emirates ticket

Additional documents are required for visitors of some countries

Additional documents may be required, depending on your country of residence. Please use our visa search tool above or visit our visa requirements page for more information.

AfghanistanNational ID Card (Tazkira ID)
IraqNational ID Card
PakistanNational ID Card
IranNational ID Card

Rules and conditions

  • Visa fees must be paid upon application.
  • Additional visa processing fees apply.
  • The passenger must travel to and from Dubai on Emirates or codeshare flights only.
  • Visa fees are non‑refundable.
  • The ticket is non‑refundable if the visa has been issued and utilized.
  • Visa processing time is approximately 3 to 4 working days.
  • Entry into the UAE is subject to immigration approval.
  • All visas are valid to enter Dubai for 60 days from the date of issue, except the 96‑hour and 48‑hour visas, which are valid for 30 days from the date of issue.

How and where to apply for your prearranged UAE visa

  • Apply online through Manage your booking
  • Mobile application DVPC

Apply online

Nationals of countries requiring a prearranged UAE visa can now apply and pay for their visas online through emirates.com.

If you are travelling to or stopping over in Dubai with Emirates, you can submit an application and receive your UAE visa entirely online – without having to submit your passport for stamping. You can apply for your UAE visa through our Manage your booking after you book your Emirates flight. VFS processing fees apply. For more information please visit VFS Global.

The online visa application service is available for residents and nationals of many countries around the world. Find out if you can apply for a UAE visa. Applicants’ passports must have at least six months’ validity as of their date of travel to Dubai, and must be machine readable passports – handwritten passports are not accepted.

This service is only available to passengers with a confirmed Emirates booking where an Emirates ticket has already been issued and the flight itinerary already includes the desired time in Dubai. The itinerary into and out of Dubai should be on one ticket (PNR), and these flights must be Emirates flights. Note that any itineraries including any flights to or from Dubai on other carriers are not eligible for the online visa service.

A minimum of four international working days prior to arrival in Dubai is required, however Emirates does recommend that online applications are made as early as possible.

Apply in the UAE

If you have a family member or near relative who is a UAE resident, they can apply for a visa on your behalf at any of our ticketing offices in the UAE. Please note that this service is only available to residents of the UAE.

Download the prearranged visa application form

Get started on your prearranged visa application by downloading and filling out the form.

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Sponsoring someone to visit the UAE

Required applicant documents:

  • A colour passport photograph
  • A colour copy of your passport (must be valid for six months)
  • A copy of your Emirates flight ticket, or your flight ticket from our codeshare partner
  • The visa application form

Required sponsor documents:

Sponsor’s employerSponsor documents
Emirates Group StaffStaff ID copy
Government/ Semi‑GovernmentSalary certificate (must be in Arabic)Sponsor passport and residency copy
Free‑zone companySalary certificate from the free‑zone authority (must be in Arabic)Sponsor passport and residency copy
Private companyLabour contract copySponsor passport and residency copy
InvestorSponsor passport and residency copy
PartnerSponsor passport and residency copy

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