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Visit visas: New entry permits only a month after exit

A visitor needs to get a new entry permit to re-enter the country once he or she leaves the country for any destination. The new entry permit will be issued only after one month from the date the visitor leaves the UAE

  • By Bassma Al Jandaly, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 January 17, 2010
  • Gulf News

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  • A new visa will be issued only after a gap of at least one month.

Dubai: Visas for visit, transit and tourism are valid only for a single entry into the UAE, said a senior official at the Ministry of Interior, adding that visitors cannot return using the same permit even after a trip to a neighbouring country.

Major General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, Director-General of the Dubai General Department for Residency and Foreigners Affairs, told Gulf News: "A visitor needs to get a new entry permit to re-enter the country once he or she leaves the country for any destination. The new entry permit will be issued only after one month from the date the visitor leaves the UAE."

Major General Al Merri was responding to a question about visitors who face difficulties in returning to the UAE after a short sightseeing trip to Oman or after leaving in a hurry for a meeting in Bahrain.

They cannot re-enter the UAE immediately since a new visa will be issued only after a gap of at least one month.


The rule applies even if the visitors leave the country before the expiry of their entry permits, he said. "They have to wait for one month before applying for another entry permit."

Major General Al Merri said this happens to some people who arrive on tourist or visit visas to see family or friends or visit the country as tourists.

"They stay here for few days and then decide to go to Oman, Bahrain or any nearby country. These people believe they can return to the UAE using the same entry permit as they stayed here only for a few days.

"They think the entry permit is still valid since they did not use it till the expiry date," he said.

Major General Al Merri said the department, however, could take into consideration any exceptional circumstances pertaining to a particular visitor. But such a decision is taken on case-by-case basis.

"We want to make it easy and enjoyable for people who want to visit our country. But they should adhere to the rules," he said.

Multiple entry

Multiple entry visas are an option for businessmen who are frequent visitors to the UAE and who have a relationship with a reputable company here.

This visa is valid for six months from the date of issue and costs Dh1,000. However, each visit must not exceed 30 days.

Visit, tourist and transit visas are only for single entry.

Comments (9)

  1. Added 17:33 January 17, 2010

    why can't the UAE issue multiple-entry visas which are valid for only 30 days?? Many people who visit UAE also visit other countries... if the visa is only valid 30 days, what's the problem with multiple entries?

    Ngaire, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 16:16 January 17, 2010

    I am an expatriate and resident of Oman and frequently visit UAE via road border posts. I almost visit UAE twice a month and in future will this be possible??

    S Srinivasan, Ruwi, Oman

  3. Added 16:15 January 17, 2010

    This is by no means a way to promote tourism to the UAE. Does this mean that visiting friends and family cannot use Dubai as a hub to stop over and venture to neigbouring countries after a few days and come back to Dubai for a short stay before connecting to go home? I have a friend visiting and we were planning to visit Istanbul and Egypt from Dubai and then she will head back home from Dubai.

    wtf, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 15:29 January 17, 2010

    I think the new rule of visit visa should work out and it will help the middle class family too .

    Syed Abdullah, Duabi, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 15:19 January 17, 2010

    What about people from the exempted category, i.e., UK, US? Is this applicable to this category as well?

    Anonymous, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 12:54 January 17, 2010

    Does this mean my friends and family who visit me for a week in Dubai cannot enjoy a weekend trip to Mussandam with me, and then come back to Dubai for the rest of their little holiday? How does this help anybody?

    Pauly, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 12:05 January 17, 2010

    I think this is rule does not make sense. When my parents come out we like to take a few days and go to Oman. This is now impossible? Does this rule only apply to certain nationalities? I also like for my parents and family to come and visit for up to two months as well. How do we still do this?

    Mary Rutter, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 10:52 January 17, 2010

    i gather taking vistors to the UAE on a day trip to Khasab isnt a good idea any more?

    Dave, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 10:14 January 17, 2010

    this new law will affect Tourism in the region. This will most likely get combination travelers to opt to arrive to Oman first and spend the most time there and make the UAE as a Stop-Over destination. I say, make a speical "seek-employment-visa" valid for 1 month or 2 with proper papers, CV, appoinment and interview schedules for those seeking employment, and leave the Visitors (tourists) to enjoy the country.

    Gabriel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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