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Citizens of 34 nations exempt from UAE visit visa waiting period

Other visitors have to wait one month before applying again

  • By Bassma Al Jandaly, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 January 20, 2010
  • Gulf News

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Dubai: Citizens of 34 countries do not have to wait one month before applying for a visit visa after leaving the UAE, a senior Interior Ministry official said.

Currently visitors who leave the UAE even after a day's stay have to wait for a month before they can apply for a visit visa again.

"Citizens of nations who need to obtain an entry permit into the country through any one of the residency departments will not be able to apply for another visa immediately after they leave the country," Major General Nasser Al Awadi Al Menhali, acting Assistant Undersecretary at the Ministry of Interior for Naturalisation, Residency and Borders, told Gulf News in an exclusive interview.


"Even if they stay here for two days and leave the country, they can come back after one month," he said. There is no multiple entry visit visa, Maj. Gen. Al Menhali stressed.

"If a visitor comes here, then goes on vacation to a nearby country and wants to come back, he should wait for one month before returning here," he said.

Maj. Gen. Al Menhali said these rules apply to people who need to apply for a visa prior entering the UAE.

"There are citizens of 34 countries who do not need a visa in advance. These citizens can get a visa upon arrival in the UAE," he said.

He said since the visa is issued upon arrival, these citizens can come back here any time they like.

"Citizens of these 34 countries need to show their passport to the immigration officer at any of the country's borders and they will have a new visa stamped. They can come and go as much as they want and at any time they want," he said.

Rules not new

"These rules are not new. But some people believe that they can come to the country and stay a couple of days and leave. They want to come back gain on the same visa believing that the visa has not expired yet, but they cannot. They have to wait for one month," he said.

Maj. Gen. Al Menhali said if a person stays for a day and leaves, the visa will be deemed expired even if the expiration date is later.

He said the one month waiting period is counted from the day the person leaves the country and not from the date of the visa expiration.

Multiple entry

Businessmen who need to enter and leave the country several times can apply for a multiple entry visa which is valid for six months, a senior Interior Ministry official said.

Major General Nasser Al Awadi Al Menhali, acting Assistant Undersecretary at the Ministry of Interior for Naturalisation, Residency and Borders, said once this multiple entry visa expires, businessmen have to wait for a month before applying for another visa.

This waiting period does not apply to citizens of 34 countries.

Maj. Gen. Al Menhali said the residency department deals with issuing visas on a case-by-case basis.

"We study each visa application and if it needs to be issued before the end of the one-month period, we can do it but it will depend on the circumstances of the visa applicant," the interior ministry official said.

The citizens of these 34 countries also do not have to wait a month before applying for a visit visa.

List of 34 countries

Hong Kong
Netherlands (Holland)
New Zealand
San Marino
South Korea
United Kingdom
United States
Vatican City

Comments (9)

  1. Added 19:28 January 20, 2010

    Hi.i am indian. and love uae too. but i very sad to hear that my i mean india,s name doesnot included with these 34 countries. mean while so many people from india are having business and job here in dubai and rest countries which are mentioned in the list they just like wind, i would appreciate if uae" reconsider on this visa issue and try to include indias name too.

    Riyaz Ahmad, Bangalore, India

  2. Added 19:28 January 20, 2010

    it is indeed very sad to see this list , the authorities must understand the majority of ppl leaving and visiting UAE are from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh , Sri Lanka . i believe is wrong. as vatican city is added and India , Pakistan ignored .

    Bilal , Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 18:11 January 20, 2010

    I have spent my childhood in Abu Dhabi and it is liek my hometown where I have grown up from the age of 5 to 22 years. Presently I am in Riyadh and often visit UAE. This time I planned to visit Oman also becuase I always travel by my car. I am sure there must be some provision for people like me. I don't mind paying the visa fee for a second time when coming back from Oman to UAE (by car) - would be still better if it is removed.

    Samiul Rehman Rajput, Riyadh , Saudi Arabia

  4. Added 12:24 January 20, 2010

    what if person coming on visit but on Tourist visa and gets the residence permit for e.g. in case of children under parents sponsor ship and parents changing job and call kids on visit visa and gets residency permit for them do they have to exit and if they exit again they have to wait for month. Do this new visa rule says

    Zharah Ahmad, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 12:06 January 20, 2010

    It is a good move to introduce these measures, however I fail to understand what are the criteria for choosing these countries. Why does the list not include all member countries of the EU? Many countries see the approach of the US, in terms of visa requirements, as some sort of a measure to apply the same. And it is not a bad approach. If so, there are countries that have no visa requirements to the US and are not on the list above. Please explain to me why for my own knowledge and awareness.

    EU citizen, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 11:36 January 20, 2010

    I just would like to know, why countries like Andorra "I never heard about", Malta, Paraguay, Malaysia, Liechtenstein "I never heard about", Greece...etc they can obtain the visa on arrival in Arabic country and I'm ARABIC SYRIAN can't get the visa on arrival as well as the relations between UAE and Syria is great and UAE citizens can get into our country without a visa even,,, is it fair??? I hope some of the authorities can explain to us we just need to understand,,, it's our right

    Ala'a, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 10:49 January 20, 2010

    What are the criteria to classify the nationalities, which one is high to enter without visa and waiting a month, and which nationality have to wait for? I don't think it's fair to give a value for the person according to his/her passport?

    Murad, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 10:07 January 20, 2010

    Can anyone shed some light on why out of the 36 countries not a single Arab country? there are tiny countries and even islands such as Malta, Cypress and Singapore, made it to the list however many arab friendly countries like Syria and Tunisia are excluded. Is there a reason? I can not understand.

    Alex Iskan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 09:51 January 20, 2010

    It is worthwhile noting that none of the countries in the list is an Arab country.

    Marwan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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