Passengers at the passport control area at the Dubai International Airport's Terminal 1. For illustrative purposes only. Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News Archives

Dubai: The ease of acquiring a visa on arrival is an important factor that comes into play when choosing holiday destinations.  

With Eid Al Fitr approaching fast, and as holidaymakers look at last-minute getaways, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai has issued a reminder about how Indian passport holders can get a UAE visa on arrival.  

This means that Indians arriving at UAE borders points, including airports and ports, can get a visa as soon as they land in the country if:

  • They have a residency visa from the United Kingdom or from other European countries
  • They have a valid American visa or a Green Card

The residency visas must also be valid for more than six months.

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The video, which was uploaded on the GDRFA’s social networking sites on Tuesday evening, also explained that passengers are required to pay an entry permission fee of Dh100 and a Dh20 service fee charge.

“Go to the Marhaba service desk to pay the entry fees, and then go to the passport control counter,” said the GDRFA.  

“The maximum period allowed an entry permit holder can stay in the UAE is 14 days, and can be extended once after paying a Dh250 renewal fee and a Dh20 service fee.”

Once the extension is made, travellers can stay for an additional 28 days.

However, overstaying your visa will incur a Dh100 fine for every additional day the traveller stays in the country, in addition to a Dh200 departure permit.

Eligible countries for visa upon entry

Currently, citizens of 47 countries apart from the GCC nations, can get a UAE visa on arrival.

Citizens of the following countries do not require advance visa arrangements to enter the UAE and can obtain a visa upon arrival for 90 days:

  1. Austria
  2. Belgium
  3. Bulgaria
  4. Croatia
  5. Cyprus
  6. Czech Republic
  7. Denmark
  8. Estonia
  9. Finland
  10. Germany
  11. Greece
  12. Holland
  13. Hungary
  14. Iceland
  15. Italy
  16. Latvia
  17. Liechtenstein
  18. Lithuania
  19. Luxembourg
  20. Malta
  21. Norway
  22. Poland
  23. Portugal
  24. Romania
  25. Slovakia
  26. Slovenia
  27. Spain
  28. Sweden
  29. Switzerland
  30. France

Citizens of the following countries do not require advance visa arrangements to enter the UAE and can obtain a visa upon arrival for 30 days:

 

  1. Andorra
  2. China
  3. Malaysia
  4. Singapore
  5. Australia
  6. Hong Kong
  7. Monaco
  8. South Korea
  9. Brunei
  10. Ireland
  11. New Zealand
  12. The Vatican
  13. Canada
  14. Japan
  15. San Marino
  16. United States
  17. United Kingdom
  18. Russia Federation

Source: VisaHQ