Restricted entry and transit: The Government of the United Arab Emirates
refuses entry and transit to those holding transit documents issued
from Lebanon or the Syrian Arab Republic, and travel documents issued
by the Coalition Authority in Iraq, should their visas be obtained through
an associate in the UAE.
Note: No problems in entering the UAE occur for those travelling with
an Israeli stamp endorsement.
PASSPORTS: Passport valid for a minimum of three months from date of
arrival (six months for business travel) required. Often a sponsor will
hold a visitor’s passport. In these cases a receipt will be issued.
This will generally be accepted in place of a passport where a transaction
may require one.
VISAS: Required by all except the following:
(a) nationals of countries referred to in the chart above (UK nationals
must travel with a passport reading 'British Citizen' as national status),
except 1. nationals of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia,
Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovak Republic and Slovenia, who do need
a visa for touristic or business stays of up to 30 days;
(b) nationals of Andorra, Brunei, Hong Kong (SAR), Iceland, Korea (Rep),
Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, San Marino, Singapore,
Switzerland, and Vatican City for stays of up to 30 days;
(c) nationals of Gulf Co-operation Council countries (Bahrain, Kuwait,
Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia);
(d) transit passengers, provided holding valid onward or return documentation
and not leaving the airport for up to 12 hours.
Note: The Embassy only issues visas for diplomatic or certain business
visits. For routine travel, visas for tourists, travellers (intending
to visit family) and business travellers must be arranged via the sponsor
(the hotel/package tour operator or UAE resident/company concerned).
This includes transit visas. To obtain approval, the sponsor will require
the visitor’s proposed flight and passport details in advance.
Business visits are made by invitation only and proof of company trading
licence is required. The sponsor will then confirm to the visitor that
a visa has been arranged, usually by fax, and that she/he will be met
at the airport.
Types of visa and cost: Visitor and Business: ?20. Price given is for
UK nationals but price is dependent on nationality. Multiple-entry visas
are only issued in very special circumstances. In case of visa being
arranged by a sponsor, the request for multiple-entry should be marked
Validity: 30 days from date of entry and two months from date of issue.
It may be possible to extend visas on request for up to a maximum of
90 days at the local immigration office.
Application to: Sponsor (as described above).
Application requirements: (a) Valid passport. (b) One passport-size
photo. (c) Duplicate application form. (d) Letter from applicant’s
company/organisation (with extra copy) stipulating position held and
purpose of visit. (e) Proof of sponsorship (often in the form of a fax).
(f) Fee, payable in cash only. (g) Sponsor’s name, address, telephone
number and occupation (business activity if a company). Contact local
sponsor for details of individual requirements.
Working days required: Between one and five when arranged through a
sponsor. However, allowances should be made for possible delays in approval
procedure. It is strongly advised to apply well in advance of departure
Passport/Visa Information: Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in the
30 Princes Gate, London SW7 1PT, UK
Tel: (020) 7581 1281.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1500.
Consulate of the United Arab Emirates in the UK
48 Princes Gate, London SW7 2QA, UK
Tel: (020) 7581 1281 or (0906) 550 4550.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0930-1300 (visa applications); 1330-1430 (visa
Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in the USA
3522 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
Tel: (202) 243 2400 or (800) 823 6911 (toll-free).