UAE Visa for Indians: Types, Eligibility & Fees

The United Arab Emirates, popularly known as UAE, is one of the most popular tourist destinations and a top country for doing business. UAE is economically focusing on tourism and business and is the most diversified economy of all the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Indians are the largest expatriate in the UAE constituting roughly 33% of the country’s population. Indian citizens are required to avail a visa to visit the UAE. A UAE visa for Indians is a mandatory document to enter the country. 

UAE Visa for Indians: Types, Eligibility & Fees
UAE Visa for Indians

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The UAE Government issues several different types of visas to Indian nationals. Based on the purpose of your travel, you can apply for a visa to the UAE. 

Business Visa

Individuals who have entrepreneurial skills and experience can get a business visa to work in the UAE. As a part of the UAE Golden Visa system, it is a long-term visa issued to permanent residents and foreigners. The business visa provides an entrepreneur with the freedom to explore and experiment business opportunities in the UAE. Here is the list of basic eligibility criteria one needs to meet to obtain a business visa for UAE:

  • Must have entrepreneurial experience. 
  • Should have been a majority shareholder in a start-up. 
  • Should be willing to relocate and start a business in one of the seven Emirates. 
  • Should have a crisp business plan of a business that you want to operate in the UAE. 

A visa applicant needs to pass the requirements of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship including a background check and health checkup. 

UAE Tourist Visa

There are several types of tourist visas to Indian nationals. The visa one needs will depend on the length of your stay in the country. 

  • 48-Hour Transit Visa 

It is issued to passengers transiting through Abu Dhabi International Airport. It allows tourists to stay in the country for a period of 48 hours. It is a single entry visa valid for 14 days from the date of issuance. 

  • 96-Hour Transit Visa

The visa is issued to passengers transiting through Abu Dhabi International Airport. Passengers are allowed to stay in UAE for a period between eight hours and four calendar days. This single entry visa is valid for 14 days from the date of issuance. 

  • Single Entry Tourist Visa

This is a single entry tourist visa issued to foreign nationals to visit and stay in the UAE for up to 30 days. You can extend the visa twice for 30 days, for AED 960 per instance. The visa is valid for 60 days from the date of issuance. 

  • Multiple Entry Tourist Visa

This is a short-term multiple-entry tourist visa issued to foreign nationals to visit and stay in the UAE for up to 30 days. You can extend the visa twice for 30 days each time, for AED 960 per instance. The visa is valid for 60 days from the date of issuance. 

  • Long-term Single Entry Tourist Visa

A long-term tourist visa is issued to visitors who wish to spend more than 30 days in the UAE. You can extend the visa twice for 30 days each time, for AED 960 per instance. The visa is valid for 60 days from the date of issuance and a visa holder can stay in the UAE for up to 90 days starting from the date of entry. 

  • Long-term Multiple Entry Tourist Visa

A long-term multiple-entry tourist visa is valid for a stay in the UAE for up to 90 days. You can extend the visa twice for 30 days each time, for AED 960 per instance. The visa is valid for 60 days from the date of issuance and allows multiple entries within 90 days from the date of first entry. 

  • Service Visa

A service visa is offered to representatives of a company and accompanying family members, such as sales managers, account auditors, company or establishment delegations who are supposed to visit the UAE to carry out commercial activity. The visa is valid for 14 days from the date of issuance and a visa holder can stay in the UAE for up to 14 days starting from the date of entry. 

UAE Visa on Arrival for Indians

Indian nationals who hold a valid US visa (minimum 6 months)or who hold a UK or EU residence valid for at least 6 months can get a visa on arrival at the UAE airport. 

UAE Visa Fees

Here is the cost of UAE visas that applicants need to pay while applying for various types of a UAE visa:

UAE Visa TypesUAE Visa Fees
48-hour transit visa Free
98-hour transit visaAED 50
Single entry tourist visaAED 350
Multiple entry tourist visaAED 650
Long-term tourist visa (single entry)AED 1000
Long-term tourist visa (multiple entry)AED 2500
Service visaAED 400
UAE Visa Fees

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How to Apply for UAE Visa?

You can visit the nearest UAE Embassy or the consulate-office in India to apply for a UAE visa. You need to submit a visa application form along with all the necessary documents and applicable fees. 

UAE Visa Eligibility

Indians who intend to get a visa for UAE need to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Travel record
  • Financial record.
  • Invitation from an immediate family member(s) living in the UAE

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UAE Visa Requirements

You need to submit the following documents to apply for a UAE visa:

  • Completed visa application form. 
  • Colored photographs of 6*6 cm (minimum of 600*600 pixels) with a white background.
  • A copy of your passport showing your full name, nationality, date and place of birth, passport issuance and expiry dates, number, legal guardian/ father’s name and mother’s name. The passport must be valid for at least the next six months. 
  • Confirmed airline tickets. 

You may have several questions about a UAE visa for Indians. You can contact the the UAE Embassy in India for the same.

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FAQs

Do I have to apply for a separate visa to visit Dubai?

Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the UAE, hence a UAE visa is valid for Dubai as well. 

Can I get a visa if my passport is going to expire soon?

Your visa must be valid for at least next 6 months from your entry into the UAE. 

What if I overstay my UAE visa?

If you continue to stay in the UAE after the validity of your visa has expired, you may be subject to a heavy penalty. You may also be banned from entering the UAE in the future. 

How to apply for a visa renewal?

You can get in touch with the Authority of the UAE Government, or your sponsor in UAE, or your travel agent, to renew your visa.  

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