The UAE has started issuing five-year multiple-entry visas for tourists in an attempt to encourage longer and more frequent stays in the country.
It allows visitors to enter multiple times during a calendar year or to stay 90 days in a row and extend it for another 90 days.
The program will be a boost for those with families based outside the country and should also be a crucial tool for companies aiming to bring employees in and out of the country for conferences and other events.
“It is absolutely a game-changer on all fronts,” said Haider Hussain, partner at Fragomen, an immigration services company.
“Traditionally, people have come on a short-term 30- or 90-day trip from India, Pakistan or other countries that need visas to come to the United Arab Emirates.
“Now more and more eligible people will apply for this five-year visa and will be able to travel to Dubai and the United Arab Emirates whenever they want.”
It allows tourists who are in the country to extend their stay for an additional 90 days.
“It will improve travel to the UAE and make life easier for residents and their extended family members,” he said.
“People can stay six months at a time if they wish.
“It will help loved ones travel both ways and will also attract many more tourists unrelated to the UAE, which will increase footfall.”
The new visa regime was announced in March at a cabinet session in the United Arab Emirates, with the first visas issued about a month ago.
“It’s a relatively quick process and we got a few visas,” he said.
“Typically a one-week delay is what we see in terms of upcoming approvals.”
The move is expected to attract more visitors as Dubai braces for an influx during the winter.
The emirate welcomed more than 2.85 million international visitors with overnight stays in the first six months of the year, according to Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing.
The entry permit works like a self-sponsored visa, as individuals can apply for it themselves directly online and do not need to apply through a travel agency, hotel or relative in the United Arab Emirates. .
Here are the details and the process explained:
Who is eligible for five-year tourist visas? What are the criteria ?
The five-year multiple-entry tourist visa is available to citizens of all countries. To be eligible, the visitor must provide a passport with a validity of six months at the time of submission, a passport-sized photo, medical insurance valid for the United Arab Emirates and a bank statement for the past six months with a minimum balance of $ 4,000 or the equivalent in another currency.
How to apply
Applications can be made online through the website of the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security.
Applicants who wish to obtain the visa from within the country can apply to accredited typing centers.
The ICA has posted information on how to apply.
Log in to ICA website, select smart channels, visa service, fill in data, add required attachments.
The Dubai application process can be carried out by multinational companies for employees who travel frequently for international business
How much does it cost?
The five-year multiple-entry visa costs 650 Dh plus a 50 Dh service charge.
Can I extend my visa while still in UAE?
The initial visa is issued with a length of stay of 90 days in the United Arab Emirates within one year from the date of first entry. This can be extended once for an additional 90 days. The maximum length of stay authorized under this visa cannot exceed 180 days per year.
Which authority should I contact to issue the visa?
This is a self-sponsored visa that foreign nationals can apply for as long as they meet the eligibility requirements. In Dubai, companies can also issue this visa for international employees once the company registers with Dubai Tourism through their website. a Authorized typing center, a government service center can help a person apply to ensure that the eligibility criteria are met and the application is accepted. Individuals can apply for it themselves.
How can companies obtain a five-year visa for international staff?
Dubai introduced a five-year multiple-entry visa for employees of international companies based in the emirate to simplify the application and provide easy access to the city for visitors from around the world.
Businesses need to register with Dubai Tourism, open a case for the business, and then start filing for their employees instead of going through a tourism agency. Employees will obtain the same five-year multi-entry visit visa, but it will be through the company. This is open to businesses that have been approved.
What are the other tourist visa options?
A 30 or 90 day single entry tourist visa can be issued by a UAE registered tourist agency and costs between 300 and 600 Dh.
If a tourist stays longer, what is the grace period?
The grace period for leaving without incurring a fine for exceeding the stay is 10 days from the expiry date of the tourist visa.
What is the fine per day for expired tourist visas?
Exceeding the authorized stay in the United Arab Emirates under a tourist visa results in a fine of 100 Dh per day of exceeding.
There is an additional fee for an exit permit which must be paid on departure by visitors who stay too long.
Updated: November 28, 2021, 4:49 am