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THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES IS OPEN: Dubai re-opened for tourism on 7 July 2020 and Abu Dhabi re-opened for tourism on 24 December 2020. As of 30 November 2021, travelers who have spent time in Botswana, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Zimbabwe in the 14 days prior to arrival will not be allowed to enter Dubai.
- Dubai: Flights have temporarily been suspended between Nigeria and Dubai.
The UAE Tourist e-Visa is an official travel authorization that allows eligible nationalities to visit UAE for short stays for purposes of tourism. The UAE e-Visa is a Single Entry entry visa that allows stays up to 30 days in Total.
In addition to your e-Visa, you have the option to add on the UAE Health Declaration. This is a required travel document that officials have implemented to help regulate the coronavirus pandemic. It includes a form for Medical Insurance and Quarantine.
WHO CAN ENTER THE UAE WITH THESE DOCUMENTS
Certain nationalities require the e-Visa to visit the UAE. Use our Visa Checker tool to see if you need one.
When applying with iVisa.com, you will have the option to get a Health Declaration in addition to the visa. The Health Declaration is required for all nationalities visiting the UAE.
OBTAIN UAE EVISA
To apply for the UAE eVisa, you’ll have to provide personal information, some details about your intended stay in the UAE, and health information. Note that you must have a confirmed flight ticket in order to submit your application.
If you choose to add the Health Declaration, you need to add more details about your health status.
Check the testing FAQ to find out more about exceptions.
DISPLAY THE DOCUMENTS
Once you complete the application and the eVisa is issued, our team will send it to your email address right away so you can print it and take it with you on your trip to the United Arab Emirates. If you have chosen to add the Health Declaration, we will likewise deliver it to your email inbox.
See the FAQs for up-to-date information on quarantine requirements.
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Required Documents to Apply
Passport Personal Details Scan
Last Page of Passport (if applicable)
Birth Certificate of Minor (if applicable)
US RESIDENTS ONLY: To return to the US you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test the day before your entry date. Don’t waste time looking for a test lab in United Arab Emirates. Simplify travel with the purchase of an eMed test kit. Order yours now and pack it in your luggage. Then follow the Certified Guide’s online instructions to take the mandatory test 24 hours before your journey back to the US.
All visas to enter Dubai are valid for 60 days from the date of issue, with the exception of the 96‑hour and 48‑hour visas, which are valid for 30 days from the date of issue
All visas are sent by email to the email address given at the start of the application process.
The UAE Immigration Department requires all visitors to have a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of arrival. If your passport is valid for less than six months, you will need to renew it before you can apply for a visa and travel to the UAE.
All passengers, including children and infants, must have a visa to enter the UAE. This includes infants traveling on their parents’ laps.
To renew your visa, you must exit the UAE and may re-enter on a new visa if you meet the requirements.
If you overstay in the UAE without renewing your visa, you may face legal action and a fine. Also, it may not be possible to apply for a UAE visa in the future.
This visa cannot be changed to a work visa while inside the UAE.
Please note that the following countries: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR of China), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, People’s Republic of China, Poland, Republic of Mauritius, Portugal, Romania, Russian, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Vatican, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America require that you obtain your UAE visa on arrival.
Upon arrival at Dubai International Airport, proceed to Immigration, where your passport will be stamped with a 30 days in Total visit visa, free of charge. In addition to the countries listed above, citizens of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia are eligible for a visa on arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Which countries are on the green list for Abu Dhabi?
Last updated: 08/11/2021
Abu Dhabi - Green list countries include:
Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Ireland, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Uzbekistan and Yemen
Do I need a COVID vaccine or vaccination certificate to enter the United Arab Emirates?
No, you don't. COVID vaccination certificates are not mandatory to enter the United Arab Emirates.
Since information may change quickly, we advise you to follow up on the latest United Arab Emirates travel updates and/or contact your local embassy.
Do I need a negative COVID-19 test result to enter Dubai or Abi Dhabi?
Dubai testing requirements:
- COVID test prior to arrival: PCR within 72 hours.
- COVID test after arrival: Travelers arriving from the following countries must undergo PCR testing on arrival at the Dubai International Airport: Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liberia, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Rwanda, Russia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Somaliland, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Travelers from these countries must remain in their hotel or residence until they receive the test result.
- COVID test for travelers coming from Indonesia, Egypt and Vietnam: PCR with QR code within 72 hours.
- COVID test for travelers coming from Lebanon: PCR with QR code within 48 hours.
- COVID test for travelers coming from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Sudan, or Zambia: PCR with QR code within 48 hours and a rapid PCR test with QR code taken in airport within 6 hours from departure.
Abu Dhabi testing requirements:
- COVID test prior to arrival: PCR within 48 hours
- COVID test after arrival: All travelers will be PCR tested on arrival.
- Further COVID testing- vaccinated green country arrivals: PCR on day 6.
- Further COVID testing- unvaccinated green country arrivals: PCR on day 6 and day 9.
- Further COVID testing- vaccinated non-green country arrivals: PCR on day 4 and day 8.
- Further COVID testing- unvaccinated non green country arrivals: PCR on day 9 of quarantine.
Why buy a COVID-19 self-testing kit? (US residents only)
The eMed self-test COVID-19 kit includes 6 rapid antigen tests that meet major US airline's entry requirements- perfect for travelers on round-trip journeys from the United States!
Order your test kit before your trip and it will be delivered to your home address for easy testing, anywhere, anytime. The Certified Guide will help you get results in 15 minutes on the NAVICA app. Get the eMed self-test COVID-19 kit for $150- that’s only $25 per test.
Is there a quarantine requirement once I arrive in the United Arab Emirates?
Quarantine requirements in Dubai: Travelers coming from the following countries must undergo COVID-19 testing on arrival and remain in self quarantine until a negative test result is received: Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liberia, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Rwanda, Russia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Somaliland, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Quarantine requirements in Abu Dhabi: 14 days for unvaccinated travelers from non-green list countries.
Quarantine testing in Abu Dhabi: PCR on day 9.
Quarantine exemptions in Abu Dhabi: Arrivals from green countries and vaccinated travelers from non-green list countries do not have to quarantine.
Is there a UAE e-Visa?
Yes, certain nationalities will require a UAE e-Visa in order to enter the United Arab Emirates for short stays for purposes of tourism. The UAE e-Visa is a Single Entry entry visa that allows stays up to 30 days in Total.
In addition, you'll have the option to add a Health Declaration when you apply for your e-Visa. The Health Declaration, which includes a Health Insurance Form and Quarantine Form, is a required travel document that UAE authorities are using to monitor the health situation in the country.
What is the United Arab Emirates Tourist eVisa?
The UAE eVIsa is an official document provided by the United Arab Emirates authorities which authorize you to travel to UAE territory. It will be electronically linked to your passport.
If you choose, you can add on the Health Declaration, which is another required document to travel to the UAE.
Obtain the eVisa now and add on the Health Declaration if you choose.
What do I need to apply for the United Arab Emirates Tourist e-Visa?
In order to apply for these documents you will need to provide the following:
- Ordinary passport copy with a minimum validity of 6 months.
- Photo with white background
- Confirmed flight reservation to UAE (not document, but reservation code from the airline)
Children traveling with parents:
- Passport scan
- Passport photo
- Birth certificate in English or Arabic. Please note translated documents should be attested on the front page.
If you choose to add on the Health Declaration, you will be requested to provide some extra information and to fill out the Medical Insurance, Health Declaration, and Quarantine Forms.
All travelers must have the following documents before entering in UAE:
- Valid tourist e-Visa (which we provide you).
- Valid passport.
- Health Declaration form (which we provide you).
- Quarantine undertaking form (which we provide you).
- Negative COVID-19 test result
- Health insurance is valid for the duration of the visa validity that must cover COVID-19 examination and treatment costs (which we provide you).
What is the cost to obtain the United Arab Emirates Tourist e-Visa?
The cost will vary depending on the processing time you choose:
The UAE Tourist Visa costs USD 115.00. Additionally, there is a service fee of USD 35.00 for standard processing. For rush processing and super rush, the service fee is USD 65.00 and USD 95.00, respectively. Get your Tourist e-Visa today. Don't forget you can add on the Health Declaration if you choose.
How long does it take to process a United Arab Emirates Tourist eVisa?
How quickly you obtain your e-Visa and Health Declaration depends on the processing time you choose. We offer three options:
- Standard Processing: 7 Business Days
- Rush Processing: 5 Business Days
- Super Rush Processing: 3 Business Days
If you add the Health Declaration, you'll receive it at the same time as the eVisa.
Yellow fever vaccination requirements to travel to the United Arab Emirates
A yellow fever vaccine is required if you're arriving from a country with a high risk of yellow fever transmission.
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How long is the United Arab Emirates Tourist eVisa valid for?
The tourist visa is valid for 60 days after issued. This means you must enter UAE within this period. It is a Single Entry visa and allows for a maximum stay of 30 days in Total.
The Health Declaration, including medical insurance, is valid for 30 days. You'll have the option to add this to your order when you apply for the eVisa.
Your journey to the UAE starts by applying here.
How long does it take to apply for these travel documents?
How will I receive my United Arab Emirates Tourist eVisa?
Once issued and approved, we will send the document to your email address so you can print and sign it. If you choose to get the Health Declaration, too, we'll likewise deliver it to you via email.
Apply now to get started on your eVisa to the UAE.
Do minor children need a United Arab Emirates Tourist eVisa?
When should I apply for the United Arab Emirates Tourist eVisa?
The UAE requires that you apply within 58 days of your intended arrival. However, you can apply with iVisa.com at any time, as we will review your application for accuracy and queue your order until it's the appropriate time to process it. The latest you can apply is 3 Business Days before departure.
In addition, all travelers to the UAE need to have the Health Declaration.
What happens if I overstay?
If you overstay the 30 days in Total limit that the visa allows, you will be subject to a fine of 100 AED, plus an additional 200 AED for each extra day.
Please note that that date of entry and exit count towards the 30 days in Total limit. Even if you arrive at 23:59 local time, that will count as one day. Apply now for your travel documents to the UAE.
Are any nationalities exempt from obtaining an e-Visa in advance?
Please note that the following countries: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR of China), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, People’s Republic of China, Poland, Republic of Mauritius, Portugal, Romania, Russian, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Vatican, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America must obtain a UAE visa on arrival.
In addition to the countries listed above, citizens of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Saudi Arabia are eligible for a visa on arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Apply today with iVisa.com to obtain your E-Visa and Health Declaration.
Does the United Arab Emirates Tourist eVisa guarantee me entry to the UAE?
How can I track the status of my United Arab Emirates Tourist eVisa application?
Do I have to submit my physical passport to receive the United Arab Emirates Tourist eVisa?
No. You will receive an electronic visa, which does not require anything to be stamped in your passport ahead of travel. All visas are sent by email. You should print out a copy of your visa before you travel and bring it with you.
Apply now for the UAE e-Visa and, if you wish, add on the Health Declaration.
Are there any special rules or restrictions for female travelers?
Females under the age of 18 are only eligible to apply if traveling with their parents.
Apply here for the UAE e-Visa and Health Declaration.
What are the benefits of applying for my United Arab Emirates Tourist e-Visa through iVisa.com?
How long should my passport be valid for when applying for the United Arab Emirates Tourist e-Visa?
The UAE requires all visitors to have a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of arrival. If your passport is valid for less than six months, you will need to renew it before you can apply for a visa and travel to the UAE. Also, it must have at least one blank page.
Apply now to begin your journey to the UAE.
Can I extend my visa in the United Arab Emirates if it expires while I’m there?
No, the e-Visa is not extendable. To renew your visa, you must exit the UAE and re-apply for a new visa. You may re-enter on a new visa if you meet the requirements.
If you overstay in the UAE without renewing your visa, you may face legal action and a fine. Also, it may not be possible to apply for a UAE visa in the future.
Learn more about UAE Tourism
It is not news that the United Arab Emirates is one of the most luxurious places in the world. The things you will see there will leave you in awe, and nobody in the history of traveling ever expressed regret for going to the UAE. You probably most know that the United Arab Emirates is a place for extremes and that the Emiratis take great pride in the fact that they built the largest man-made wonders. You must know about their very tall buildings or the fact that they made islands. Even so, the United Arab Emirates is a lot more than luxury and worldly possession. The Emiratis are very traditional people, and they have a beautiful culture too. The first thing you want to remember about traveling to the United Arab Emirates is that all seven Emirates are conservative. The Emiratis are religious people, Muslim, so you need to abide by some rules while going there. For one thing, you need to dress conservatively if you want to explore the country. You need to cover your shoulders, knees, back, and show as much skin as possible. Women, for example, cannot enter mosques or other religious sites without wearing a long dress. It is not difficult to abide by the Emiratis’ dress code, and you can get into a lot of trouble if you proceed otherwise. One of the most common misconceptions is that only super rich people visit the United Arab Emirates. That could not be more untrue. Yes, the UAE is known for its luxury, especially Dubai and Abu Dhabi, but that does not mean you must sell a kidney for a trip there. There are plenty of other attractions that you can afford. Surely you do not want to go to Dubai just to stock up on gold iPads, do you? The point is that you may not be able to travel to the United Arab Emirates on a budget, but you do not have to have millions in the bank either. It is not like UAE does not have a middle class, so you do not need to worry. The best thing that you can experience in the United Arab Emirates is the desert safari. According to everyone that has ever been there, you cannot leave the UAE without going on at least one such experience. Going over the huge sand dunes in a 4x4, having a barbecue in Bedouin style, riding camels, and a lot more fun activities are available for you in the desert. Just remember that the desert can be scorching during the day and quite chilly during the night. You need to pack appropriate clothing. And do not forget that there is sand all around you, and you need to protect yourself with scarves and good shoes. Also, try to dress in white as much as you can. The desert draws a lot of the sun’s light. You do not need to be doing that as well. And drink plenty of water. Getting dehydrated in the desert takes a lot less than on normal conditions. Even if the United Arab Emirates is mostly desert, you can enjoy a few of the best beaches in the world. Some of them are open to the public, where you need to follow some ground rules that involve a dress code again, while others are private and you can do whatever you want. The private beaches usually belong to luxury resorts. They are more liberal, but you should not go overboard. Remember that Emiratis also visit these resorts, and you do not want to be disrespectful. While the United Arab Emirates does not have its own cuisine, you will love the food there. Lavish restaurants are typical, and the meals are most delicious. The food there is a mix of Turkish and Lebanese, but you can find plenty of western food as well. As you can imagine, cities like Dubai and Abu Dhabi must have a few of the best chefs in the world, so food is not something you will miss while traveling to the UAE. If you want, you have the possibility of not changing your diet at all while there. But even so, you should try something new. It is a part of the experience. You should not have an issue communicating while in the United Arab Emirates. A lot of people there speak English, and the city of Dubai is made up of 85% expats. You can get around quite easily. Plus, the country’s economy relies on tourism, so the Emiratis seek to be as hospitable as possible. Being able to communicate with tourists is one of their efforts. The people in UAE are incredibly hospitable. They are all very nice as long as you show respect for their traditions and culture. However, you need to keep in mind that physical contact between opposite genders is frowned upon. For example, if someone invites you to their home, do not extend your arm to shake the hand of the lady of the house. Also, public displays of affection are regarded as rude in the UAE, so refrain from too much touching while on the street. Lastly, you are allowed to take a lot of pictures wherever you may go, but under no circumstance should you take a picture of women on the streets. It is strictly forbidden, and you may get into trouble if you do not follow this rule. The United Arab Emirates is one of the most developed countries in the Middle East. It is a peaceful and safe country where you can enjoy a lot of attractions. As long as you are aware that you are in a conservative state and act accordingly, you should have the time of your life. The people are lovely, the food is good, and you can choose from a vast variety of fun activities. It may be a mostly dry country, but if you play your cards rights, you will not even have time to think about the lack of alcohol.
Your journey to the UAE starts by applying now for the UAE tourist e-Visa and Health Declaration.
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