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Dubai Visa Online Application – Where, What, How?

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What are the different kinds of visas that you can get to go to Dubai? Can you get a Dubai visa online? What is the application process like? These are some questions you may be having right now. Often, one may feel overwhelmed by the visa application process and other travel arrangements. This article is here to help you understand more about Dubai visa application, and how you can obtain one easily.

Types of Dubai Visas For Indians

Before you apply for a Dubai visa, it is important to be aware of the different types of visas that are available. Tourist, business and transit visas are some of the more obvious ones, while a Dubai student visa and patient (and his/her companion) visas also exist. Depending on your purpose of trip, you should apply for a specific visa type. 

Based on the duration of stay, Dubai visas can be split into 7 categories. There are 48-hour visas and 96-hour stay visas (these are usually for short business meetings or transit), 30-day and 90-day visas (these are usually Dubai tourist visas, also called Dubai visitor visa). The 30- and 90-day Dubai visa can be a single-entry or multiple-entry visa, depending on your purpose – these are the next 2 categories. 

Q: Is There a Dubai Visa On-Arrival For Indians?

The last category is a Dubai visa on arrival for Indians. This can be issued to Indians under the conditions that they have a passport (valid for 6 months before the date of travel), and one of the following documents:

  • a visit visa issued by the USA
  • a green card issued by the USA
  • a residence visa issued by the UK
  • a residence visa issued by the EU

Please note that if you do not satisfy any of the four conditions mentioned above, Indian passport holders must obtain a visa through the normal procedure. As of May 2017, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that those Indians who hold a green card or visa from USA will be eligible for a visa on arrival. If that is you, you might be eligible for a 2-week (14 day) Dubai visa on arrival. It may be extendable, for a similar amount of time. These visas are possible not only in airports, but all Dubai ports as well. 

The visa types were also revised, and there now exists a Dubai e-visa for Indians. For this visa, the travel documents needed are your passport (valid for min. 6 months before date of travel), flight tickets, a Pan Card, and a passport-sized photo. 

Eligibility Criteria For Dubai Visas

There are some general eligibility criteria, such as those below the age of 21 must be accompanied by an immediate relative. This means their parents, siblings or husband/wife must be with them. Females below the age of 18 are not allowed to travel alone, and must also abide by this rule. All passengers who travel to Dubai will need to obtain valid travel insurance before their travel as well. 

Other than these general guidelines, there are three specific criteria you need to fall into to be eligible for a Dubai visa. If you satisfy any one, you will be able to obtain the visa.

Criteria 1: Travel Record

Those who fall into this category may have travelled at least once in the last 5 years to the following countries: 

  • USA / Canada
  • UK
  • Schengen countries
  • The European Union
  • Australia / New Zealand, 
  • Russia
  • Japan 
  • UAE

You will be needing to show proof that you have done so, through valid visa records/stamps or any other form of proof. 

There are also some supporting documents which will need to be provided:

  • A Dubai Visa application form. This must be filled and signed by the applicant
  • Coloured passport-size photograph attached to visa form
  • Original passport for verification (valid for 6 months from the date of travel) + coloured photocopy (First two pages, Last two pages, observation Page – if any, valid travel records – if any)
  • Confirmed onward and return flight tickets in original + one photocopy of the same
  • Invitation letter if any, from the host company in the UAE (this is for Dubai business visa)
  • For female applicants and students who are above 18 years and travelling alone require NOC from parents / husband, and a Photo ID of parents/ husband. Coloured copy of the host passport / residence visa is also required. 
  • Applicable visa fees in CASH / DD / CREDIT CARD (this will be discussed further in the article)

Criteria 2: Financial Record

Those who do not qualify into the first category (Travel Record), can instead fall into this one. Here, applicants will need to submit proof of:

  • Last 2 years’ Form 16 OR
  • Last 2 years’ Income Tax return with a minimum gross income (of more than INR 2 lakhs PA (per annum) from business, profession or employment.
  • Investments amounting to INR 5 Lakhs or above, in form of fixed deposits in Banks or Post Office. These investments must be made at least a year prior to applying for the visa, and have a validity of more than 12 months. Investments in Co-operative Banks or Societies are not accepted.

Supporting Documents For This Criteria:

For this criteria, there are also some supporting documents that are required. The same documents as criteria 1 (travel record) must be submitted, along with a few more documents that are mentioned below. These include:

  • An original and a photocopy of Income Tax returns and salary slips of the last 6 months 
  • A photocopy of the applicant’s Pan Card OR and original + photocopy of Fixed Deposit Receipt

Criteria 3: Invitation From an Immediate Family Member (That Resides in UAE)

Those children/spouses who are below the age of 21 of the UAE family member, or parents of the UAE family member above the age of 60 can fall under this criteria. 

The supporting documents (required and mandatory) in this case are:

  • A Dubai Visa application form. This must be filled and signed by the applicant
  • Coloured passport-size photograph attached to visa form
  • Original passport for verification (valid for 6 months from the date of travel) + coloured photocopy (First two pages, Last two pages, observation Page – if any, valid travel records – if any)
  • Confirmed onward and return flight tickets in original + one photocopy of the same
  • An Invitation letter, passport copy and Valid residence visa copy of the host( i.e, the immediate family member) in UAE
  • For female applicants and students who are above 18 years and travelling alone require NOC from parents / husband, and a Photo ID of parents/ husband. Coloured copy of the host passport / residence visa is also required. 
  • Applicable visa fees in CASH / DD / CREDIT CARD

Other Possible Criterion:

In the case of newly married couples whose names are not yet on each other’s passports, a Marriage Certificate / Notarised Affidavit must be submitted on an INR 100/- stamp paper. If they are travelling immediately after marriage (eg. for a honeymoon) are required to submit an NOC from the respective parents with a photo ID proof, a wedding card and a marriage photograph of the couple.

There are also other types of long-term visas, such as the ‘Student Visa – Dubai’ and the Dubai work visa / Dubai working visa (as some may call it). Student visas are usually given for periods of 5 years. Here, the eligibility criteria states that school students must pass with a score of at least 95% by the end of it. For university students, their GPA must be at least 3.75 within or outside the country. Visa benefits also include the families of these students, therefore a ‘Dubai parent visa’ might be easier to obtain.

Work visas do not have a set validity, and are bound by the contract that is issued. As soon as the contract is terminated, one might have to leave the country (in the worst case scenario).

Fees for Dubai Visa for Indians

The fees for a Dubai visa usually vary depending on what kind of visa you opt for. Choosing a visa that has a longer staying period means that you will incur more charges. Also, all Dubai visa fees come with a VFS service charge, which is mandatory regardless of which travel operator you choose. Some visas, such as the 48-hour visa, are technically “free”, however you would need to pay this service fee. In the event of your application being rejected, you may not be able to recover these fees as they are non-refundable. 

The fees on our Visa2Fly Dubai Tourist Visa page for a 30-day visa is Rs. 6140 including GST. Alternatively, if you would like a business or transit visa, we offer services for those too!

The Sights and Sounds of Dubai

Now that you know what kind of visa you need, the question is what to do in Dubai, what to see in Dubai?

Many different kinds of tours are available, like speedboats and sand-dune ones. These can help you cover a myriad of attractions together, maximising what to do here. Dubai is known to be a bigger-than-life country, one with grand structures and huge portion sizes. Its most famous attraction is arguably the Burj Khalifa – the World’s tallest building. It’s a skyscraper with observation decks that one must book much in advance, because same-day tickets are very hard to get. Similarly, the Burj Al Arab is one of the tallest 5-star hotels in the World, and luxury here is commonplace. 

In Dubai, you can find snow and sand, water and fire… Its skiing rink (Ski Dubai) is something to marvel at, one of the biggest indoor skiing facilities in the World. Sand dunes of the Dubai desert are a marvel to sink your feet into, and desert safaris with many small events are fun!

The Dubai fountain, as well as the Dubai mall and Mall of The Emirates are other fascinating attractions. Shopping in Dubai is a must for one who arrives, and these are the places to do them at!

Miracle Garden is another one of the places you must visit in Dubai. It is a 72,000 sqm space that comes alive towards the first half of the year. It was first launched on 2013’s Valentines Day, and sits in the heart of DubaiLand. DubaiLand embodies the spirit of Dubai, with bigger definitely meaning better. Another ‘Land’, Legoland Dubai may be another pitstop, fun for the young kids and even adults wanting to go back into their childhood.

Q: What else can I see in Dubai?

The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, as well as the Lost Chambers Aquarium are also great places to visit if you love underwater life. Even if you feel a bit scared about the depths of the ocean, you may find that these places bring out the best parts of the sea. 

If you want to visit the true Arabian heart of Dubai, the Souk Madinat Jumeirah is where it’s at. This is a popular Arabic market that calls out to the retail therapist in you. Jewellery, perfume-y scents and hand-woven fabric come together here. 

Dubai Marina is also a very popular attraction here. The beaches, yachts, skyscrapers and restaurants are just waiting to explore! You might be able to book a yacht and chill with a martini and a sandwich from one of their café’s. Alternatively, you could just take a walk along the Marina with your family. Street festivals are common, and so lively! There’s so much to explore in Dubai, any place is a good place to start.

We hope that some of your doubts may have been cleared up through this article. If you still might have trouble understanding visas, and you want to book one, we’ve still got your back! Dubai visa application online is a tough task. However, our Visa2Fly page will help you obtain a Dubai visa for Indians in just a few quick minutes – no hassle, and minimum effort 🙂

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