Everything you need to know about UAE visas for Indian nationals

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A new video has been released fully explaining the requirements…

The UAE announced in April that it was opening up its borders a little, granting day visas to transiting passengers so they can take advantage of the many tourist activities the country has to offer.

One of the countries with the biggest tourist populations to visit the UAE each year is, unsurprisingly, India. According to Gulf Business, Dubai has welcomed 617,000 Indian visitors in the first quarter of 2018 alone.

As you may or may not know, where previously Indian nationals would need to undergo a lengthy approval process before travelling to the UAE, they can now – provided certain conditions are met – simply arrive at any UAE entry point and be allowed in with far less hassle.

To that end (and with the Eid holidays coming up) the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) has posted a handy video on its social media channels as a reminder of what the requirements are:

So, to summarize…

Any Indian nationals arriving in the UAE (either at an airport or seaport), will need to meet the following requirements in order to be granted an on-the-spot visa:

*A valid residency visa from the United Kingdom or any other country in the EU, or
*A valid visa from the United States or a Green Card
*Residency visas must be valid for more than six months

If these conditions are met, then a 14-day visa to the UAE can be granted, provided an entry permission fee of Dhs100 and a Dhs20 service fee are paid. If the above requirements are not met, then the usual pre-approval process would need to be followed before visiting the UAE.

Visas can be extended by an additional 14-days (to 28-days total) for a fee of Dhs250, plus a Dhs20 service fee.

If you overstay your visa, you will be subject to a Dhs100 fine for every additional day you remain in the country, plus a Dhs200 departure permit.

For more information on visas you can visit the GDRFA website.

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