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Want to travel to Dubai for work or as a tourist? These are your visa options
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Dubai: Want to visit Dubai but don’t know how you can start the process? Do you need a visa? How can you apply for one?
A Gulf News reader based in Mauritius reached out to us through our Facebook page with a simple question: “I would like to know what the visa procedures for Dubai are, for both a work visa and a tourist visa.”
If you, too, want to come to Dubai but are not sure how to start the process, here is a guide on the visa options you can avail of.
How to get a tourist visa for Dubai
Do i need a visa to enter dubai.
Any foreign national wishing to come to Dubai, whether on a visit or to live here, is required to have the relevant visa. However, if you are coming to Dubai on a tourist visa, you may not need to apply for a visit visa in advance, as nationals of some countries get a visa on arrival in Dubai.
What is the validity period of my visa?
All visas are valid for 60 days from the date of issue until entry to the UAE, except the 48-hour and 96-hour Transit Visa, which is valid for 30 days.
What should I check before travelling to Dubai?
You would need to ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months at the time of entry. You may also need to apply for your tourist visa in advance, depending on your nationality.
Can I get a visa on arrival?
Citizens of more than 50 countries do not require a pre-arranged visa to enter Dubai. As per the website of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), citizens of GCC countries and citizens of the following countries can get a visa on arrival:
1. Australia 2. Austria 3. Belgium 4. Brunei 5. Bulgaria 6. Canada 7. China 8. Croatia 9. Cyprus 10. Czech Republic 11. Denmark 12. Estonia 13. Finland 14. France 15. Germany 16. Greece 17. Hong Kong 18. Hungary 19. Iceland 20. Ireland 21. Italy 22. Japan 23. Latvia 24. Liechtenstein 25. Lithuania 26. Luxembourg 27. Malaysia 28. Malta 29. Monaco 30. Netherlands 31. New Zealand 32. Norway 33. Poland 34. Portugal 35. Russia 36. Romania 37. San Marino 38. Singapore 39. Slovakia 40. Slovenia 41. South Korea 42. Spain 43. Sweden 44. Switzerland 45. The Vatican 46. United Kingdom 47. United States of America
Some Indian citizens may also be eligible for a visa on arrival. This includes Indian citizens holding a normal passport and either:
• a visit visa issued by the USA or • a green card issued by the USA or • a residence visa issued by the UK or • a residence visa issued by the EU
In such cases, you can obtain a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 14 days, provided that the visa or the green card is valid for at least six months from the date of arrival into the UAE.
If you are not eligible for a visa on arrival, here are all the other visa options you can avail of:
1. Tourist visa – 30-day or 90-day
Tourist visas can be obtained by tourists from around the world. Depending on your plan, tourist visas to the UAE can be issued for 30-days or 90-day durations and allow single entry or multiple entries.
Who can apply for your tourist visa?
Each airline has some conditions, which must be met for your visa to be arranged by them. One of the conditions is flying with them. When booking your ticket, you can also enquire about applying for a visit visa.
2. Tourist visas through agencies and hotels
Licensed travel agents and hotels in the UAE can arrange a tourist visa for you, provided you purchase the ticket through them and maintain a hotel reservation with the specific hotel.
You can also contact travel agencies in your country for any tourist packages available to the UAE in collaboration with a local tour operator.
3. Through UAE-based family and friends
As per the VisitDubai website, UAE residents (friends or relatives) can apply on your behalf subject to guidelines.
How can I extend the visa?
While the first time you apply for a visit visa you may not be inside the UAE, when extending the visa for another period of 30 or 90 days, you would need to apply for an ‘inside country visa change’, according to Sirajudeen Ummer, Business Development Manager at Supreme Business Services.
“The visa can be extended by providing the necessary documents and making the fee payment,” he said.
Documents required for processing inside the country visa change:
• Passport copy (which should be valid for at least six months) • Passport size photograph • Old visa tourist/cancelled visa copy • On arrival nationalities would only require Passport copy and photograph if they have entered UAE using on-arrival facility. • If the visa was applied for by a relative or friend, they may need to submit a copy of their residence visa page and UID number.
Visas can cost approximately Dh320 for a one-month visa and Dh700 for a three-month visa. If you are inside the UAE and are applying for a new visa, the cost for a one-month would be Dh960 and a three-month visa would cost Dh1,250.
2. Visit visa to visit relatives and friends
With the UAE introducing new visa categories and updating its visa system from October 2, 2022, you can now consider applying for a visit visa yourself under the category of 'visit visa to visit relatives and friends'.
3. Transit visa – for 48 to 96 hours
This type of a visa, which is available for all passport holders, from 48 to 96 hours, is ideal for a short stopover in the UAE.
According to GDRFA, here is how you can apply for a 96-hour transit visa – or an entry permit – when you arrive in the UAE.
To be able to get a transit visa issued at the immigration counter, you would need to present the following:
• Original passport • An airline ticket showing the continuation of your journey, where the connecting flight should not be less than eight hours after you land in the UAE and not exceeding 96 hours and the destination of arrival and departure are not similar. • Present a valid hotel reservation in UAE.
To apply for a transit visa, follow these steps:
• Visit the airline’s website or service centre. • Submit a request to issue a 96-hour entry permit with the airline’s service officer. • If the request is approved, you will receive an approval of the request. • Approach the passport officer at the immigration counter and complete the procedure.
Who needs a transit visa?
As per the UAE government’s official website – u.ae – if you are not one of the nationalities that are eligible for visa on arrival or a visa-free entry to the UAE, then you need a transit visa.
Who can apply for your transit visa?
UAE-based airlines you are travelling with can arrange your transit visa prior to your journey. If your trip is through a travel agency, the agency can also help you get the visa, but all visas are routed through the airline.
4. Long-term, multiple entry tourist visa for five years
In case you are looking to visit the UAE regularly over the next few years, a new visa option has opened for tourists. The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) has provided details of the five-year multiple entry tourist visa for all nationalities through the authority’s website.
Is a UAE-based sponsor required for the visa?
According to the details provided when the visa was announced, the visa does not require a UAE-based individual or organisation to sponsor the visa. Tourists can apply for the visa on self-sponsorship.
What is the maximum duration of stay on the visa?
As per the announcement, a tourist can stay for 90 days on each visit. This can be extended for another 90 days.
Up until now, tourists could only get visas for 30-day or 90-day durations.
How to apply for the five-year tourist visa
Step 1: Log on to the ICA website – www.ica.gov.ae Step 2: Select ‘E-channel Services’ from the main module on the website. Step 3: Select ‘Public services'. Step 4: Select the service ‘Visa – multi-trip / tourist long-term (5 years) for all nationalities / visa issuance’ Step 5: Fill in the application form with your personal details as well as your passport details. Step 6: Attach the following documents: • Coloured photograph • Passport Copy • Medical Insurance copy • Bank statement for the last six months with a balance of at least $4,000 (Dh14,700) or its equivalent in foreign currencies in the last six months.
Step 7: Review your application. Step 8: Make the payment for the fees. The application fee is Dh650.
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Looking for work or business opportunities in the UAE?
The UAE has also introduced several visa options for people to come to the UAE to work or invest. Here are all your options.
1. Visit visa for jobseekers
You can get started on the job hunt by applying for a jobseeker visa, which allows you to visit the UAE to explore job opportunities. You can stay in the UAE for up to four months without needing a UAE-based individual or company to sponsor you.
In April 2022, the UAE cabinet announced a new UAE visa system, and one of the new entry permits introduced was the job exploration entry visa, which is aimed at attracting young talent and skilled professionals to explore job opportunities available in the UAE. The new visa system came into effect on October 3, 2022.
However, you must meet a few conditions to apply for this visa, which includes:
• Those classified in the first, second or third skill level as per the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE). To find what skill levels are, click here. • Fresh graduates of the top 500 universities in the world. • The minimum educational level of the applicant should be a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
If you are interested in exploring the job market in Dubai, and plan on settling in the Emirate, you have to apply for the visa through the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), which is the authority responsible for issuing visas in the Emirate of Dubai. Click here to find out how you can apply for the jobseeker visa for Dubai and the cost, click here .
However, if you are interested in job opportunities in other Emirates such as, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah and Umm Al Quwain, the authority in charge of issuing visas is Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security (ICP). Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to apply for the visa through ICP here .
2. Visit visa for exploring investment oppurtunites
If you are an investor and entrepreneur looking to invest in the UAE or want to explore business opportunities, you can apply for a visa designed specifically for such a purpose. The single entry visa to ‘Search for investment opportunities’ can be applied for by the candidate themselves, without requiring a UAE-based sponsor.
According on how long you plan on staying in the UAE, the visa validity can be for two, three or four months.
You can apply for the visa through the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security (ICP). ICP is the immigration authority that issues visas in the Emirates of Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah and Umm Al Quwain.
To find out how you can apply for the visa, click here .
How to get a work visa in Dubai
If you want to move to Dubai to work, you can start your job hunt even before you come to the UAE. You can find out about vacancies at UAE-based companies through online portals like getthat.com
If you have received an offer letter from a company, always make sure you verify the authenticity of the offer letter. In the UAE, you can check an offer letter with the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation. To know more, read our detailed guide here.
1. Standard employment visa
Once you sign the offer letter, the employer will begin the recruitment and visa application process. This begins with an e-visa or entry permit being issued for the employee, which will be sent to you. You can travel to the UAE on this entry permit.
Once you are in the UAE, your employer will then begin the visa application process. This involves getting your medical fitness test, giving your fingerprint biometric for the Emirates ID, getting visa stamped on your passport in some cases and the Emirates ID delivered to you.
Once you have completed this process, your residency paperwork is complete.
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- Original passport and copy (the passport should be valid for the next six months) - Passport-sized photograph - Attested educational degrees - the degrees need to be attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your home country, the UAE Embassy in your home country as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) in the UAE.
Cost of employment visa
It is important to note that as per the UAE Labour Law the employer is required to cover all the recruitment and visa-related costs , which includes work permit, visa application, medical fitness and any other occupation licence-related costs that may be applicable.
2. Five-year Green Visa
Whether you are a freelancer or IT professional looking for long-term residency options in the UAE, you can apply for the UAE Green Visa or Green Residency, which is for highly skilled professionals and freelancers.
The Green Visa has a validity of five years and is a part of the UAE’s new updated visa system which came into effect on October 3, 2022. Besides, allowing professionals to stay in the UAE for five years, it also allows the visa holder to sponsor their first-degree relatives and a longer grace period after the visa is cancelled – allowing them to stay in the UAE for up to six months.
There are three categories of Green Visa, they are:
• the green residency for the skilled worker; • the green residency for self-employment; • the green residency for the investor or partner in a commercial activity.
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3. 10-year Golden Visa
Another option that people have as a long-term residency option is the 10-year Golden Visa, which is available to several categories of workers and investors. If you are planning to move to the UAE and apply for a Golden Visa, you can even get a special six-month visit visa , which will allow you to enter the UAE to complete all the visa application procedures.
To know more about how you can apply for the Golden Visa, read our detailed guide here .
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Expatriates working in the UAE need to have a valid work permit and work visa to legally be employed in the country. Individuals who are in the UAE on a work visa don’t require additional residence visas. The work visas allow you to legally reside in the country for the stipulated period. Here is how you can get a Dubai work visa and permit.
How to Apply for a Work Visa in Dubai
One of the key things to understand about working in the UAE is that the work visa or employment permit is provided by the employer. As an employee, you don’t apply for such visas or permits on your own. If you are seeking job opportunities in the emirate, you can kick start your job search, check out our step-by-step by guide on how to find a job in Dubai . You can also seek jobs through websites and portals and we have also compiled a list of the most useful job sites in the UAE .
Once you find that perfect opportunity, it’s time to move on to the second step.
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) issues work permits in Dubai. Your employer has to apply for this permit, which is then converted into a valid residency visa. Once you get the residence visa, the work permit allows you to enter the UAE and work there. This permit is valid for two months. During this time, your employer will have to arrange formalities like medical testing, Emirates ID, Labour Card and residency visa.
The residency visa primarily is a clear piece of evidence that you are sponsored by the organisation and that it has paid for your work permit, medical testing and Emirates ID.
Once you receive your residence visa, you can sponsor your family and bring them into the country. This includes single mothers as well. In addition, men sponsored by wives in UAE can also get a work permit.
Who can apply for a work visa in Dubai?
Three conditions decide whether or not expats need a Dubai working visa. You’ll need one if:
- You have been hired while you are still in your country
- A job opportunity comes up when you are in Dubai on a visit visa or tourist visa
- You are already working in Dubai and want to switch companies
In the first instance, MoHRE and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation have set up centres outside the country to facilitate this process.
In the second instance, you can obtain your Dubai work permit by exiting the UAE. You don’t necessarily have to fly back home. Airlines such as Air Arabia and FlyDubai offer you a ‘visa run’ facility in which you can stopover at a neighbouring country (such as Oman) till you obtain a work permit in Dubai.
The hiring company can also avail of the ‘Change Status’ process by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDFRA) in Dubai. In this scenario, you do not have to leave the country to obtain the work permit in Dubai.
In the third instance, you also get a new work permit to join a new company. As per Article 1 of Ministerial Decree No. 766 of 2015, an employee whose contract was terminated because of expiry of contract is eligible for a new work permit in Dubai, provided they are able to secure a new career opportunity.
As per the amended UAE’s Labour Law No. 8 of 1980, you need to be at least 18 years of age to be eligible for the work permit in Dubai.
Dubai Work Permit Visa Requirements
You need the following to obtain your work permit in Dubai:
- Photograph against a white background
- Copy of passport (which is valid for at least six months)
- Copy of education certificates required for the job (this has to be attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your country)
Along with the Dubai work permit visa requirements, you also need to take medical fitness tests at government-approved health centres in Dubai. This is necessary both for new work visa applicants as well as renewals. You will have to take a blood test and get an x-ray of your chest to screen for pulmonary tuberculosis.
Note that certain occupations in Dubai also require that you test negative for Hepatitis B and syphilis. The best way to go about this is to have these tests done in your country to save your time. This is because if you happen to have any of these communicable diseases, you will be required to leave the country.
What is the Dubai work permit visa processing time?
Ideally, you can receive your work permit in Dubai within a week. Of course, this depends on various factors.
What is the validity of my work visa in Dubai?
The duration of a residence visa depends on your sponsor as well as the nature of your employment. It is issued for one, or two or three years. If you’re wondering “ how to check my visa status in UAE “, you can do it online via ICA Smart Services.
What is the Dubai work permit fees?
The new work permit fee is AED 100. You can find the complete list of new work permit fees in the UAE here.
How to avoid visa frauds and scam?
It is possible to encounter visa fraud when you are working in Dubai. But there are several ways to steer clear of these instances. For example, genuine employers have to offer you a letter issued by MoHRE. You can also check the legal status of your company in the National Economic Register online.
Likewise, you can verify the validity of your permit and visa on GDRFA. In any case, you can always reach out to MoHRE at their contact number (+971-680-27666) or website to have your queries addressed.
This wraps up our guide on how you can get your Dubai work visa and work permit. As mentioned above, obtaining your Emirates ID is an important part of the process, and we have also prepared a guide on the Emirates ID for your convenience.
Once you obtain your residence visa, you can sponsor your parents, spouse or children in Dubai. You can read all about sponsoring your family in the UAE on our blog as well.
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Don’t risk working on a tourist visa in the UAE
Dubai attracts thousands of visitors every year, whether for vacation or for work. For many, working and living in Dubai means prestige and success.
Unfortunately, many of them are blinded by attractive job offers without knowing that they could get into big trouble.
It is important to note that it is strictly forbidden to work in the UAE on a tourist visa. Working conditions in the UAE are strict and regulated by the Emirati authorities.
Working in the United Arab Emirates
without a work permit: flee.
In order to work legally in the UAE, foreigners (non-Emiratis) must obtain a work permit and a residence visa.
If you are planning to work in the UAE without a work contract and while on a tourist visa, then we advise you to flee.
Job seekers are warned against false promises by some UAE-based companies that abuse the tourist visa status of visitors to Dubai to get a job.
The law is very clear on the status of tourists. No one in the country on a tourist visa is allowed to work there.
Unfortunately, every year many visitors find themselves in this situation. The most common case is the company that promises a work and residence visa to the employee on a tourist visa and once the tourist visa expires, tells the employee that they will not be able to provide a work visa.
The major problem is that while the visitor may go to the police station and the employer will be penalized, it is also taking the risk for the illegal employee to be expelled from the country.
This is why this type of practice, although prohibited, remains widespread because it goes unpunished.
Article 11 of Federal Law No. 6 of 1973 states that “ a foreigner who obtains a visitor’s visa may not work anywhere in the country, with or without remuneration or on his own account.
It is unequivocal that a tourist visa is not suitable for working in the UAE.
Illegal workers will not go unpunished
what companies risk: heavy fines.
Serious penalties are incurred by those who do not comply with the laws.
Federal Decree No. 7 of 2007 states: “A fine of AED 50,000 per worker has been prescribed, in case the MoHRE finds that an employer employs a person with a visitor’s visa.
This decree states that a company that employs an employee with a tourist visa faces a fine of AED 50,000 per employee. If the company repeats the violation then the fine will be doubled to AED 100,000.
What visitors risk: a lifetime ban from the UAE!
No one present in the country on a tourist visa is allowed to work. If some people violate the law and get caught, they are immediately deported and banned from entering the Emirates for life, and this concerns all seven Emirates.
As for the Emiratis, they face a sentence of six months in prison.
The normal recruitment process
In the public sector as well as in the private sector, there is a precise hiring process defined by the laws. The employee will receive a letter of employment to be signed by both parties (employer and employee), then the employment contract will be signed, and finally the employer will take care of obtaining the work permit and the work visa.
1- Job Offer Letter
The job offer letter is the initial step in the recruitment process. This document includes all the basic elements of your hiring conditions.
Once signed, no changes can be made unless both parties agree to the changes.
2- Validation by the Ministry
This letter of employment must be approved by the MOHRE to be valid.
To be valid, the employer must ensure that the employee has correctly read and understood all the elements mentioned in the offer of employment. If it is found that a worker did not have access to the annexes before signing the employment contract, the employer is fined AED 20,000 for sharing incorrect information with MOHRE.
3- Employment contract in the United Arab Emirates
The employment contract is signed by both parties. It certifies that the employee agrees to work under the direction of his employer in return for remuneration. The employment contract includes the elements mentioned on the job offer letter.
4- Work permit/residence permit
Your employer will then provide you with a work permit and a residence visa.
Keep in mind that for some positions, you will need to have your diplomas legalized and certified at the UAE embassy in your country of origin. You will then have to go to the MOFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) of the Emirates for the final certification of your diplomas.
5- Keep your passport!
You must have heard many stories about employers who keep their employees’ passports and control their every move.
It is your right to keep your passport in your possession. Holding a passport against the will of the holder is illegal in the UAE. Your future employer cannot ask you to hand over your passport to keep it in his custody. They can only keep it if there is a written consent from the employee.
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Dubai Working Visa
In order to work in Dubai, the applicant must apply for Dubai employment visa. Find the procedure, what documents required, fees and processing time detail. Visiting Dubai is on everyone’s bucket list, and therefore it has become one of the most visited tourist destinations all over the world. But to visit a foreign country, you will need essential documents to the allowances and VISA is one of the most important documents that you will need to carry when you visit Dubai. However, visiting a foreign country and getting the permission to work there, falls under strict official procedures. In this article, we are going to talk about the methods and processes required to obtain a Dubai working VISA.
What is a Working VISA ?
A work permit is an official document that allows an individual to take up a job in a foreign country legally. A moving license also allows minors to work in a foreign country lawfully within the country’s child labor laws. Therefore if you are an individual who is looking to get a job in a foreign country like Dubai, then you must have all the documents, and most importantly a Dubai working visa or permit to get the job.
To get a fully certified an official working permit or VISA in Dubai, there are different steps which need to be followed out carefully. Here are the steps that need to be followed:
- Acquiring a Residence VISA
- Passing the Health checkup
- Obtaining the VISA
Procedure to get Residence VISA
The first step which needs to be taken is to acquire a Residence VISA. Without a Residence VISA, an individual will not be eligible to get the work VISA or Permit. After one gets enlisted for a Residence VISA, he or she needs to go through a medical test. An officially valid health certificate is required for completing the issuance of the residence permit. The applicant must be present for this health checkup at any government hospital within the country he or she has applied the VISA for.
The medical checkup includes tests like chest X-ray and various blood tests to identify if any, specific communicable diseases such as:
- Hepatitis, and
If the results are positive on any of these tests, it will result in a denial of the Residence VISA and immediate deportation from the country. In present time one cannot appeal in such a case in Dubai.
Procedure to get the Working VISA
After an individual clears the medical procedures, he or she receives the clearance for the Residence VISA and then the steps are to be followed for Working VISA. Let us have a look:
- The first and foremost step is to get the approval from the Ministry of Labour Dubai. Usually, the support comes before the individual settles in the country and the checks typically deal with specific legal requirements and other essential things.
- Once the approval is received, the individual gets an Entry Permit and enters the country. The entry permit remains valid for two months which can be extended twice.
- Then, the application procedures for this types of visa starts, and the individual is required enlist to get a labor card. Usually, a 60 days period is given within which all the legal fees, checks and procedures need to be completed.
- The individual gets a fully licensed and officially verified Working Permit or VISA within 8-10 working days. You should also check Dubai Immigration Office details here.
Documents needed for the Working VISA
Here is the list of the necessary materials that are required in order to be produced for getting a Working VISA in Dubai:
- Applicant’s photographs.
- Dubai Residency Visa.
- Valid Passport with a minimum six-month validity required.
- Valid health certificate.
- Three copies of the employment contract – one for the employer, one for the employee and one for the Ministry of Labor.
- Education certificates and other evidence of professional qualifications related to the job.
- Sponsoring company’s valid trade license.
- Once apply for it, then you can check the status of visa application here.
So if you have read the article until this point, then you know what the important procedures and legal steps that need to be completed into a fully licensed Working VISA in Dubai are. The process is not an easy one and involves a lot of procedures which needs to be completed carefully.
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This page has information on travelling to UAE.
This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport from the UK, for the most common types of travel.
The authorities in UAE set and enforce entry rules. If you’re unsure how the UAE’s entry requirements apply to you, contact its UK embassy, high commission or consulate .
COVID-19 entry requirements may change at short notice, and all travellers to the UAE are strongly encouraged to check the specifics before departure with their airline before they travel. Further details are available on British Airways , Emirates and Etihad websites. Further information is also available on the IATA Travel Centre website .
All passengers travelling to the UAE are no longer required to present a COVID‑19 vaccination certificate or perform PCR tests.
Passengers travelling from or through the UAE are only required to comply with the transit requirements and travel requirements of their final destination and will only need to have proof of COVID-19 vaccination and/or a negative COVID-19 PCR test if required at their final destination.
Further information about COVID-19 updates is available on the UAE Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates webpage and on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website . Further information about testing facilities in the UAE is available on the UAE Government Portal . You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.
A small number of cruise operators have restarted calls into some ports in the UAE. You should talk to your cruise operator about arranging COVID-19 PCR testing if necessary.
If you are planning to travel on an international cruise that is due to call at any port in the UAE, contact your travel company for the latest information.
Check your passport and travel documents before you travel
You should consider checking with your airline or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements. For further information contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to .
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into the UAE. If you hold a residence permit, your passport must be valid for at least 3 months in order to travel to the UAE.
If you’re transiting the UAE (and not passing through Immigration) your passport only needs to have a minimum of 3 months validity from the date of transit.
Holders of full British passports will be granted a free of charge visitor/tourist visa upon arrival in the UAE. No application in advance of travel is needed. Your passport will be stamped with the visa as you pass through Immigration. The visa issued at the airport for British passport holders is valid for up to 40 days.
The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) has a visa hotline: +971 (0)9 208 3344.
If you have any questions on the validity or expiry of your visa, contact UAE Immigration directly. You can find out further information about visas on the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website for Dubai or the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website for the rest of the UAE.
If you’re living outside the UAE, contact the nearest UAE Embassy for advice.
All individuals who wish to remain in the UAE beyond the validity of their visa must contact the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website for Dubai or the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website for the rest of the UAE well in advance or they may be subject to fines for overstaying.
Living and working in the UAE
If you have entered Dubai on a visit visa and you wish to work then you should get a probationary work permit, valid for up to 3 months, from the Ministry of Labour. If you don’t get this permit and are caught working while on a visit visa, then you risk being jailed or fined and deported.
For further information, including on how to stay in the UAE for longer than 60 days, visit the websites of the [https://www.mofaic.gov.ae/en/missions/london), the Naturalisation and Residency Department – Dubai or the UAE Federal E-Government Portal .
If you apply for a residence visa, you will have to take a blood test. Those testing positive for HIV or hepatitis are detained and then deported. There is no appeal process.
UAE employers may ask foreign employees to deposit their passports with the company as part of the terms and conditions of employment. While this is not an unusual practice, it is illegal under UAE labour law.
You should cancel your work visa before leaving the UAE permanently. If you don’t do this, you risk being reported for leaving the UAE without permission and could be arrested if you return to the UAE, even if you are in transit to another country. Failure to repay debts or resolve any outstanding cases against you may also result in your arrest on return or transit through the UAE.
If you have any doubt about your status before returning to the UAE seek advice from a local lawyer .
If you’re planning to travel with any prescribed or over the counter medicines for personal use, you’ll need to meet the UAE’s specific requirements for your medicine to be allowed into the country.
If you’re entering the country with medication that the UAE classes as narcotic, psychotropic, controlled or semi-controlled, approval is needed from the UAE authorities.
Approval should be requested in advance. To gain approval prior to travelling, you can apply for a permit online using the electronic application form on the UAE Ministry of Health website. The UAE authorities advise that applications are normally processed within 5 working days.
If you arrive in the UAE without prior approval or the required documentation, the medication will not be allowed into the UAE and you may be prosecuted under UAE law. If you need more information on controlled medicines or the process for obtaining permission, you should contact the UAE Ministry of Health by emailing [email protected] or calling +971 800 11111.
If you’re travelling in transit through a UAE airport and do not intend entering the UAE, or are entering the UAE with other types of medicine, you’re not required to go through this approval process.
In all cases, there are limits on the amount of medication that can be brought into the UAE legally. The Ministry of Health advise that you can bring up to 3 months’ supply of medication as a visitor, reduced to one month’s supply if the medication is included in the list requiring approval.
Previous travel to Israel
UAE immigration authorities have advised that British nationals with valid or expired Israeli visas or stamps in their passports should not face any difficulties entering the UAE as long as they don’t intend to work. If you do intend to work, further checks may be required and there is a risk that entry may be refused.
If you are a British-Israeli dual national and have any concerns about entering the UAE, contact the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in London .
Regular exit requirements
Visitors must have legal status in the UAE when they depart. If you are subject to a travel ban, involved in legal proceedings, have unpaid debt or are a child subject to a custody dispute, you may be prevented from leaving the country.
Thermal scanning is in operation at airports. Departing passengers may be subject to testing, quarantine and medical treatment in the UAE.
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50,000 AED Fine if Caught Working while on a Tourist/Visit Visa
Be advised that working in the UAE under a visit visa or a tourist visa is illegal. You must change your visa to an employment visa first before reporting to work.
We received a question from one of our readers concerning reporting to work and we want to share some insights into policies and your rights: I am still waiting for my Work Permit from my Employer, but they told me I should start reporting to work for my training. Is it okay for me to start my duty?
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First off, many people come to the UAE as tourists but may receive a job offer from a possible employer. While the idea of getting a job is definitely an exciting prospect, it is very important that before reporting to your duty, you need to make sure that you have the residence work visa in place.
Working while on a Tourist Visa is Illegal, Secure an Employment Visa First Before Working
A tip for all Dubai residents, in case you get employed, you should have your work documents processed by your employer before reporting to work. You are only allowed to work legally if you already have a work permit.
Searching for a Job on a Visit Visa / Tourist Visa in Dubai Arriving in on a tourist visa or visit visa, you have the option to search for jobs in the UAE. This is good compared to other countries where you are not allowed to search for jobs at all.
But once you have secured a job, you will have to convert your visa status to an employment visa prior to working.
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According to a report from GulfNews, there is a 50,000 AED Fine for people caught working on a visit visa and will be banned from entering the UAE. Aside from that, companies who employ individuals will also face penalties.
What Happens if I Still Choose to Work Without a UAE Employment Visa? There is a risk of getting fined and deported if you choose to work without securing your work permit. You also run the risk of getting blacklisted (you cannot return to the UAE on a work visa). Also, you will not have any bearing when you file a dispute against your employer (if you have issues at work) because in the first place, you are working illegally.
Why do prospect employers ask you to work while on a tourist visa? From the view of the employers, most likely they want you to work right away so as not to waste time. After all, they set up their companies and they need people to handle the business operations so they can earn money and keep up with expenses in running a company — this is pretty understandable and only in cases where employers have good intentions.
However, there are also cases wherein employers might EXPLOIT their employees especially if that employee is new in the country and are not aware of the rules when working in the UAE . They MIGHT hire you only to use up the number of days in your tourist visa and then not process a work permit application at all. If this happens, you will not only end up not getting a work visa, but you will not have any rights.
We are not implying that all employers have bad intentions, but we should be aware of our rights and make sure to keep things legal so as not to run into problems in the future.
Secure an Employment Visa so You can have Employee Rights If you do not have a work visa, then basically you are NOT an employee. If you are not an employee and you have complaints, you cannot go to Labour to complain because technically you are NOT employed. That is why it is very important that you get the visa papers sorted out first. What if you don’t get paid any salary for the days you’ve worked or while on training, it is going to very difficult for you to raise the problem to authorities.
That is why it is VERY important that you wait and secure your employment visa first before reporting to work.
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Can a UAE tourist visa be converted to a work visa?
Can a uae tourist visa be converted to a work visa.
Did you know that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is home to over 200 different nationalities, making it one of the most cosmopolitan countries in the world?
It’s no surprise then that many people visit as tourists and find themselves drawn in by the vibrant lifestyle, abundant job opportunities, and tax-free income.
If you’re one of those who’s fallen for the allure of this dynamic region, you might be wondering if your tourist visa can be converted into a work visa.
Let’s explore this possibility together.
UAE immigration laws are complex but understanding them is crucial to ensure your stay remains legal and hassle-free.
This article delves into topics such as potential work opportunities in the UAE, steps involved in obtaining a work permit, how to remain legally within the country during this transition period, challenges faced during visa conversion and their solutions.
Informed decisions come from detailed information – so let’s dive right in!
Understanding the Basics of Immigration Laws
Before you dive into the process of converting your UAE tourist visa to a work one, it’s crucial that you’ve got a solid understanding of immigration laws – trust me, it’s not as dry as it sounds!
Immigration policies in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are not vastly dissimilar from those in other developed countries. They’re designed to regulate the flow of people entering and staying within the country. Essentially, understanding these policies is key to ensuring a smooth transition between different visa categories.
Now, let’s delve deeper into how these Immigration Policies work. In order to legally stay in any foreign territory, you need some kind of permit or authorization – this is where visas come into play. Visas are issued by the immigration authorities of a particular country after thoroughly scrutinizing your purpose and duration of visit.
The UAE has various types of visas including tourist visas, work visas, student visas, etc., each with their own set rules and regulations.
The specific Visa Categories matter because they define what activities you can engage in while residing in that country. For instance, on a tourist visa in the UAE, you’re allowed to travel around for leisure but working legally isn’t permitted under this category. If caught violating these conditions, it could result in hefty fines or deportation, so it’s important to adhere strictly to what your visa category allows.
Lastly, knowing about immigration laws also involves understanding how one type of visa can be changed to another – which brings us back full circle to your original question: Can I convert my UAE tourist visa into a work one? This process typically involves finding an employer who’s willing to sponsor your work permit application and then going through several official procedures before your status can be changed officially from ‘tourist’ to ‘worker’.
Hence, why having this knowledge about immigration laws is essential: It equips you with the information necessary for navigating this transition smoothly without running afoul of local regulations.
Potential Work Opportunities in the UAE
Exploring potential job opportunities in the Emirates can open doors to numerous avenues, fuel your professional growth, and potentially change your life.
The UAE job market is known for its diverse opportunities that cater to a wide range of industries. From hospitality and tourism, oil and gas sectors, to the burgeoning fields of IT and digital marketing, the possibilities are endless. You’ll find multinational companies rubbing shoulders with local businesses, providing you with an array of choices when it comes to finding suitable employment.
As you delve deeper into the sphere of work opportunities in UAE, you’ll be able to appreciate the expatriate benefits that come along with working here. For starters, most employers in UAE offer competitive salaries that are often tax-free. This means you get to take home more from your earnings compared to many other countries where income taxes can eat up a significant portion of your salary.
Additionally, many companies provide comprehensive health insurance coverage as part of their employee benefits package. This could save you considerable amounts on medical bills should any unforeseen health issues arise during your stint in the country. Housing allowances or company-provided accommodations are also common perks offered by employers in UAE which can significantly reduce living costs.
Digging even further beyond these tangible perks, working in UAE offers an invaluable cultural exchange experience too. It’s a melting pot where over 200 nationalities live harmoniously together while sharing their cultures and traditions – something hard to match elsewhere!
On top of this rich diversity exposure lies an unprecedented opportunity for networking within one’s industry given Dubai’s status as a global business hub. So if you’re considering turning that tourist visa into a work visa after all – rest assured there’s plenty waiting for you in this vibrant nation!
Process of Obtaining a Work Permit
Ready to make the leap and start your career in this bustling hub of opportunities? Let’s dive right into understanding how you can secure a work permit.
First things first, you need to know who’s eligible for such a permit. The Permit Eligibility Criteria are quite specific: You must be over 18 years old but under 60, have a valid passport with at least six months left before expiration, possess an offer of employment from a UAE company, and meet health requirements, which include undergoing medical tests.
The process starts with securing a job offer in the UAE. Once you’ve got that covered, it’s time for your employer to initiate the work permit application on your behalf as only UAE-based companies can apply for work permits. This involves submitting an application form to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE). Your prospective employer needs to provide several documents, including their trade license, employee quota approval, and job contract or job offer containing details about salary and benefits attached.
The next stage is where processing times come into play. Typically, once an application has been submitted with all required documents correctly filled out and attached, it takes about five working days for MOHRE to issue the initial approval. During this period, they’ll conduct background checks on you while verifying provided information by both parties involved in this process – that’s you and your prospective employer.
Once MOHRE issues initial approval for your work permit application, it’s time for more paperwork! Your future employer will then receive a ‘work entry’ visa permitting you to enter UAE legally if not already residing there. Following arrival into the country (if applicable), another round of medical testing awaits along with Emirates ID registration before switching ‘work entry’ visa status into full-fledged residency visa tied up with your new employment role in UAE.
So yes, it might seem like quite an undertaking, but remember that each step brings you closer towards establishing yourself professionally within one of the Middle East’s dynamic business environments!
Staying Legally in the UAE During the Transition
Navigating the transition period in any country can be quite the legal labyrinth, don’t you think? Now, let’s unravel this complex tapestry, shall we?
Here’s an interesting fact: while switching gears from a leisurely holidaymaker to a full-time professional in the Emirates, it’s essential to ensure your stay remains lawful throughout. This legality doesn’t only ensure peace of mind but also avoids Visa Overstay Penalties, which can be severe and costly.
The first major step towards staying legally during your transition period revolves around visa sponsorship requirements. As a rule of thumb, your new employer should sponsor your work visa – they’re responsible for managing the necessary paperwork and fees. Remember that you can’t initiate the process yourself as it requires specific authorization from UAE immigration authorities. Therefore, securing a job offer before your tourist visa expires is crucial to ensure a seamless transition.
During this transition phase, it’s advised to leave UAE temporarily until your work permit is processed and approved. This exit could mean visiting a neighboring country or going back home briefly. It’s not only about compliance with immigration rules; it’s also about respecting local customs and practices regarding employment transitions. Failing to do so could land you hefty fines under Visa Overstay Penalties or even result in deportation.
So now you know: maintaining legality during this transitory phase isn’t just about avoiding penalties; rather, it’s an ethical responsibility towards your host nation too. You need to respect their laws and regulations if you plan on building a career there long term. And trust us: navigating these waters might seem challenging initially, but with proper guidance and adherence to procedures, it becomes much less daunting over time!
Challenges and Solutions in Visa Conversion
Shifting gears from a vacation-goer to an employee can throw up some hurdles, but don’t worry – with the right approach and understanding of the process, you’ll conquer these challenges in no time.
One of the common conversion hurdles in UAE is that you must leave the country once your tourist visa expires before applying for a work visa. While this rule may seem inconvenient, it’s designed to ensure that all foreign workers have undergone due diligence before they start working in the country.
To overcome such hurdles, consider implementing several visa solutions. First off, apply for a job well in advance of your tourist visa expiration date. Once you’ve secured employment, your new employer will typically handle most of the work permit application process on your behalf. This includes sponsoring your work permit and ensuring that all necessary paperwork is submitted correctly and promptly. Remember though; while waiting for approval, keep track of your current visa status to avoid any legal issues or penalties.
Another essential aspect to bear in mind is that converting a tourist visa into a work one doesn’t guarantee residency rights immediately. You still need to satisfy certain prerequisites such as passing medical tests and getting national security clearance before obtaining your residence permit. Also note that some professions require specific educational qualifications or certifications recognized by UAE authorities.
Although this transition might initially appear daunting due to its complexities, rest assured knowing there are practical solutions available to ease this process considerably. By taking a proactive stance towards securing employment prior to the expiration date, engaging actively with potential employers about sponsorship details, and staying abreast of all immigration requirements pertinent to you – navigating through these challenges becomes markedly simpler over time.
Harnessing these strategies not only smoothes out potential bumps along the way but also helps pave a clear path towards achieving your professional goals within the dynamic landscape of UAE’s workforce market.
Imagine you’re at the final hurdle of a marathon, having navigated through the winding tracks of UAE’s immigration laws and work opportunities. You’ve got your work permit in sight.
Remember, patience is key during this transition period. It’s like planting a seed – it takes time to bloom into a flourishing plant.
It might feel like navigating a labyrinth at times, but with proper guidance and perseverance, it’s entirely possible to convert your tourist visa into a work permit.
Stay informed, stay legal, and most importantly, stay positive throughout this process.
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Can I Work in Dubai With Tourist Visa
No, you cannot work in Dubai with a tourist visa. Foreigners planning to work in the UAE must have a valid work/residency visa/permit in order to live and work legally in the country.
Having a tourist visa does not allow you to work in Dubai. It is important to obtain the appropriate visa and work permit before seeking employment in Dubai. Dubai is a popular destination for expatriates looking for job opportunities, with its thriving economy and numerous industries.
However, it is important to note that working in Dubai requires the appropriate visa and work permit. This means that you cannot legally work in Dubai with a tourist visa. In order to work in Dubai, you need to obtain a valid work/residency visa or permit. Foreigners planning to work in the UAE must have a legitimate work/residency visa/permit to be able to live and work legally in the country. Working on a tourist visa or visit visa is not permitted. It is essential to follow the proper procedures and obtain the necessary documentation before seeking employment in Dubai. By adhering to the rules and regulations, you can ensure a smooth and legal transition into the workforce in Dubai.
- 1 Is It Legal To Work On Visit Visa In Uae?
- 2 How To Get A Job In Dubai On A Visit Visa
- 3 Uae Work Visa And Permit
- 4 Conclusion
Is It Legal To Work On Visit Visa In Uae?
Working on a visit visa or tourist visa in the UAE is illegal. Foreigners must have a legitimate work or residency visa/permit to live and work legally in the UAE. It is important to obtain the proper visa before engaging in any employment activities in Dubai.
How To Get A Job In Dubai On A Visit Visa
Foreigners planning to work in the UAE should be aware that working on visit visas or tourist visas is not allowed. Legitimate work/residency visas are required to legally live and work in Dubai. It is important to obtain an employment visa from a sponsor to work in the country.
Uae Work Visa And Permit
Foreigners planning to work in the UAE must know that they cannot work on visit visas or tourist visas. They need a legitimate work/residency visa/permit to be able to live and work legally in the UAE.
It is important for foreigners planning to work in Dubai to understand that they cannot work on tourist visas or visit visas. They must obtain a legitimate work or residency visa/permit to live and work legally in the UAE. Working on a tourist visa is illegal and can subject individuals to penalties and legal liability.
It is crucial to follow the proper visa process and secure an employment visa before working in Dubai.
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Can I Work in the UAE while Carrying a Tourist Visa?
Tourist visas and working visas are two separate visas you need to be aware of. Tourist visa has a short-term validity and it should only be used when you are visiting the UAE for a short period of time or for a ‘holiday’. Meanwhile, a working visa is fit for the purpose of working in the country.
If you are currently here in the UAE bearing your tourist visa and you want to start working here , there are a couple of things that you should know before you take your next step. In this article, you will know everything about it.
Expats should always be reminded that a tourist visa is only for visiting purposes. Prior to the expiry of your visa, you can apply for an extension or exit the country. Once the expiration date has passed, you need to leave the country immediately or else, the UAE authorities will impose fines and penalties for overstaying.
For all expats out there—working in the UAE with a tourist visa is illegal. If you want to learn more about it, check this article out.
Am I allowed to work in the UAE with a tourist visa?
NO , you should not work in the UAE with a tourist visa. This is illegal and you can be fined 50,000 AED if you will be caught. To avoid this, there is one thing that you need to do—you should process the documents you need before you work once you get employed. That’s the basic step to start working in the UAE. Before you report to work, make sure that you are coordinating with your employer to process all the paperwork.
Can I search for a job in the UAE with my tourist visa?
When you arrive in the UAE with a tourist visa, there is nothing wrong if you search for jobs in the country. The UAE doesn’t impose any strict rules or regulations regarding this. Compared to other nations that will prohibit you to search for work, in the UAE, you are free to do so. However, be reminded that once you got a job, you need to convert your visa into a working visa to avoid any inconvenience on your part.
What happens if I work in the UAE with a tourist visa or without a working visa?
If you choose to work in the UAE with a tourist visa, you are putting yourself at risk because it is illegal. There will also be a penalty fine of 50,000 AED . Plus, you might be banned from entering the UAE again. You and the employer will face penalties for doing this.
Another thing, if you do work while on a tourist visa, you will not get any “employee rights” because you don’t have an employment visa. So should you have any issues with your employer, such as not getting any salary or you encounter problems, you cannot go to the Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratisation (MOHRE) to complain about it because you are technically “not employed”.
Reasons Why Employers Will Ask You To Work Prior To Getting Your Working Visa
There may be valid reasons why your employer will ask you to work prior to getting your working visa. First, your employer may ask you to work even without a working visa because he doesn’t want to waste time.
Your employer may ask you to work while they are processing your employment papers. After all, some employers need the help of additional employees immediately. And since it can take time to process the working and residency visa, they tend to ask their new employees to start right away while waiting for the papers.
If you can observe, those reasons seem valid since your employer is already processing the legal papers. However, in the eyes of the law, your employer is asking you to work without a visa and it is illegal.
Why do you think an employer will ask you to work without proper and legal documents? Some of them don’t want to pay you with the right compensation. When you work without an employment visa, your employers know that you can’t raise any dispute for the reason that the authorities will catch you working without a working visa.
In this case, you will not have anything to back you up when you want to complain. You will be left with a choice to accept the wrong amount of compensation, or not be compensated for your work at all.
Employers who ask you to work without a proper visa also have the advantage of eliminating your employee rights because the logic is simple—if you are not registered as a worker and you don’t have a working visa, you are not entitled to employee rights.
What should you do to avoid trouble?
UAE law is straightforward. All you have to do is to comply. Here are the basic things you need to do to avoid all kinds of trouble regarding tourist and working visa.
- Look for UAE jobs in a subtle way while your tourist visa has not expired.
- After securing a job, let your employer know that you only have a tourist visa so he can start processing your legal documents.
- Wait for the documents to be processed. Ask your employer to give you copies of the working and residency visa before you report to work.
- If you are still waiting for your visas, follow up your employer if necessary.
- Do not work without an employment visa even if your employer asks you to do so.
- Report to work after you receive your original employment and residency visa.
Tourist and working visas are two important documents when you are traveling to the UAE. But, keep in mind that they have a different purposes. You have to ensure that you understand everything about these visas to save yourself from abusive employers. If you know someone who is currently in the search for a job in the country, don’t forget to share this with them.
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UAE family visit visa: Costs, how to apply for free entry permits, all you need to know
This popular visa option is available for a 30 or 60-day stay, which can be extended within the country.
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If your loved ones are planning a trip to the UAE, here's a reminder: Tourists can apply for a family group visit visa, which is free of cost for children.
Under the scheme, children under the age of 18 can be granted a visa for free while usual charges apply to their parents.
“The application for this visa should be submitted along with either father’s or mother’s application,” said Subair Thekepurathvalappil, senior manager for inbound and outbound operations at Regal Tours Worldwide.
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Industry experts said several visitors had been opting for this entry permit.
“A family group visit visa is more convenient and cost-effective for families, given that there is no visa fee for children under the age of 18,” Subair said, adding that there are no restrictions on the number of children who can apply for the permit.
The free visa is also applicable even to children who are travelling with just one parent, he explained. It is available for a 30- or 60-day stay, which can be extended within the country.
With the festive season just around the corner, several family group visit visas are being issued every day — particularly to Indians who wish to celebrate Diwali in Dubai, said Firoz Maliyakkal, founder and CEO of Tahira Tours and Travels.
This visa, however, is not new. It was introduced two years ago and has since been a popular option for visitors from around the world.
How to apply
- A family will have to submit copies of their passports and photos — all at once — to a travel agency.
- Fees are paid. Note that though the visa is free for children, travel agent service charges and insurance fees will apply.
- The agency then processes the application.
- The visa is usually issued in a day or two.
- Visa fee for parents, along with the service charge for children, may vary depending on the travel agency.
- A 30-day visa for a parent ranges from Dh350 to Dh500.
- Service charge and insurance for a child range between Dh80 and Dh120.
- A 60-day visa will cost Dh500 to Dh650, while the service charge, including insurance, may vary from Dh130 to Dh170.
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Experts say the family visa can be extended without exiting the country, “however, a full visa fee has to be paid for children. The extension within the country is not free for children", said Subair.
“Visitors can extend the family visa for up to 120 days without exiting the country,” he added.
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