Getting into Dubai

All about Dubai Visa and Dubai International Airport and Booking your flight to Dubai

DUBAI VISA

There are many options for getting a visa to Dubai. It depends on factors like your nationality, place of residence, whether you are visiting friend/relatives, etc.

Visa on Arrival
  • This Facility is granted to the passport holders of Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland , Ireland , Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Vatican, United Kingdom and USA.
  • You can directly proceed to Immigration, where your passport will be stamped with a 30-day visit visa free of charge.
  • The visa can be extended for an additional 30 days at an additional charge.
Emirates Airline passengers
  • Visitors traveling on Emirates Airlines can apply for visa online on their website.
  • The application has to be submitted online and the UAE visa is issued entirely online – without having to submit your passport for stamping.
  • This service is only available to passengers with a confirmed Emirates booking where an Emirates eticket has already been issued and the flight itinerary already includes the desired time in Dubai.
  • Visas issued through this service are available for a period of stay in Dubai of 96 hours or 30 days.
Friends and Relatives
  • They can apply for visit visas subject to conditions.
  • The person applying for the visa needs to have a minimum monthly salary of AED 4000-7000 for close relations and AED 10000 for friends.
  • The acceptance of the visa application is subject to the immigration and also depends on other factors like age, gender and profession of the visitor.
Expatriate Residents of the GCC countries
  • GCC residents with high professional status such as managers, engineers, doctors, professors, lawyers, etc. are eligible for a non-renewable 30-day visa upon arrival.
  • The visa can obtained visa on arrival with visa fee.
  • Please confirm with your airline before making the plans, as the rules can vary.
GCC citizens
  • Passport holders of the GCC countries - Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar do not require a visa to visit the UAE.
  • The only documents required are the passport or ID card.
Others
  • If none of the above criteria applies to you, then you will have to check with the airline, hotels or tourist agencies to arrange for a tourist visa to Dubai. Or contact the UAE Embassy in your country.
Important Notes
  • Carry a printed hard copy of your visa with the visa confirmation number as you might need to produce it at Dubai immigration.
  • Check with travel agent whether an "OK to board" message is required on the Airline reservation/PNR to avoid offload.
  • The Dubai visa related information here is subject to change, so kindly visit the following for more details on the Visa types, Visa fees and the exact requirements :
  • Emirates Airline UAE Visa information | Dubai Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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DUBAI AIRPORT

Dubai Airport is the gateway for most of the tourists coming to Dubai. The ever-expanding Dubai airport is the world's third busiest airport handling over 60million passengers every year. By 2016, it is expected to overtake London Heathrow as the world’s largest international airport.The airport has 3 terminals :

Terminal 3
  • It is the newest terminal, catering exclusively to Emirates Airline and its partner Qantas.
  • Concourse A, opened in 2013 is dedicated to the double decker Airbus A380 aircrafts, gates are numbered from A1- A24.
  • Concourse B opened in 2008 has gates labelled from B1- B32.
  • Both the concourses A and B are connected by an internal train.
Terminal 1
  • Terminal 1 is used by majority of international airlines from Western Europe, America and Far East.
  • It has concourse C with gates labelled from C1-C50. Concourse D is expected to open in 2015.
Terminal 2
  • It is located on the different side of the airport.
  • It is mainly used for budget passengers, passengers flying to the Indian Sub-Continent, Eastern Europe, Persian Gulf region and charter flights.
  • Dubai's own low cost carrier fly Dubai operates all its flights from this terminal.

Other means of getting into Dubai

  • Sharjah and Abu Dhabi airports are close to Dubai and some of the airlines offer paid/free shuttle services from these airports to and from Dubai. Drive time is approximately 1 hour from Sharjah and 2 hours from Abu Dhabi.
  • Public transport buses also operate to Dubai from nearby cities of Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Al Ain and Fujairah. Many private buses operate between Dubai and Muscat, the drive is around 5-6 hours.
  • The Dubai Cruise Terminal is also becoming a popular choice of entering into Dubai. The international cruise terminal is located at Port Rashid. Opened in 2010, it is slowly becoming a favored port of call from many international cruise ships. It is also a home port of cruise liner of Costa Crociere - Italy, Aida Cruises - Germany, Royal Caribbean - USA and TUI Cruises - Germany.

DUBAI CUSTOMS

  • Illegal Drugs Being a muslim country, laws on illegal drugs are very strict and can lead to a prison sentence of several years or even to be in front of the firing squad.
  • Alcohol may be purchased by non-Muslim visitors in the baggage hall on a duty free basis and may be consumed only on private property and not in public places. The amount of alcoholic beverages and beers should not exceed 4 liters of alcohol beverages, or 24 cans (335ml) of beer.
  • Medicines for personal use can be brought into Dubai with an original prescription signed and stamped by a registered medical practitioner. No psychotropic medicines are allowed without prior approval from the Ministry of Health even for personal use, in small quantity and/or with prescription.
  • If you are in doubt, please visit Dubai Customs website www.dubaicustoms.gov.ae