How To Apply For A Dubai Visa – FAQ Fridays

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Welcome to another edition of Travelstart’s FAQ Fridays with me, Nick Paul. This week we are talking about Dubai visas. They are a little bit different to other countries’ visas. With other countries’ visas, you will go to the embassy or an official handling agent and apply there – it’s one simple set of rules that you follow. With Dubai, it depends on the airline you are travelling with or how you are staying there. So let’s have a look at the different ways that you can apply for a Dubai visa.

Option 1 – Flying with Emirates or Etihad

The simplest way to get a UAE visa is to fly with Emirates or Etihad Airways. You can find the links on where to apply by checking the “Manager Booking” section on either of their websites. Important to note here is that it doesn’t matter if you book with them directly or with a travel agent, you can still follow these prompts. The cost is around 55 US Dollars for a 96-hour visa. This is a single entry visa and it is non-extendable. A 30-day visa will cost you around 75 Dollars. You can also apply through VFS on www.dubaivisa.net. If you are on the SAA code-share flight to Dubai (that is the Emirates plane but the SAA ticket on the Emirates plane), you can apply through VFS. If you are travelling with Etihad, you need to go to www.ttsuaevisas.com

Documents and timing for option 1

You will need the following documents in order to apply:

  • Colour passport photograph
  • Colour copy of your passport
  • Original application form which you can download online
  • Copy of your Emirates or Etihad flight ticket

This is an electronic visa and it will usually take around 4 days to process and a copy of the visa is emailed to you. It is important to note here that the working week in the UAE runs from Sunday to Thursday instead of Monday to Friday like it is here in South Africa.

Option 2 – Non-Etihad and Emirates visa applications

If you are not flying on the Emirates or Etihad plane, you cannot apply through VFS. You will need to go through another visa handling service. We often use a visa handling agent at www.onlinedubaivisa.co.za. They are good at handling applications for people who are not flying on Etihad or Emirates. These are often bookings on airlines like Ethiopian or Qatar Airways.

Documents and timing for option 2

You will need the following to apply for a visa if you are not flying with Emirates or Etihad Airways:

  • Colour passport photograph
  • Colour photocopy of your passport
  • Confirmation of your hotel booking
  • Copy of your flight ticket

The cost is around R1400 for a 14-day visa. An “urgent” 14-day visa will cost you R1800 which will be received within 1 to 2 working days. A 30-day visa will cost you around R1850.

Option 3 – Package holiday visas

Another simple way to get the Dubai visa is to book a stop-over package travelling via the UAE to another destination or a package to the UAE. Usually your package will include the visa and your travel agent should confirm this for you.

Option 4 – Visa application via family

The final way that you can get a Dubai visa is if you are going to visit family over there. You will need to get them to act as your sponsors on your behalf for the visa. They need to do the application for you in the UAE and they will need to contact the DNRD (General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs – Dubai)  in order to do this.

So that’s a wrap on all the different ways that you can apply for a Dubai visa. If you have any travel-related questions, you can ask them in the “comments” section below and don’t forget to subscribe to our channel.

Our Readers Comments

  1. I am wanting to enquire if I need an UAE to stay 8 days if I am British citizen and hold a British passport.

    Many thanks

  2. are there any passports exempt from requiring a visa for Dubai ?

    • I will be accompanying my husband to Dubai whilst he is there on a business trip. As he is a British passport holder, do I require a visa for a weeks stay?

    • Hi Myrna,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you are a South African passport holder you will require a visa, however as we do not specialize in visa’s we do advise you contact the Embassy direct to get the most up to date information.

  3. Does one need to apply for a Dubai visa if you are in transit for a couple of hours within the airport before flying on to another destination?

  4. Please advise you are ONLY TALKING ABOUT SOUTH AFRICAN PASSPORT HOLDERS???
    NOT BRITISH PASSPORT HOLDERS.
    ALSO CAN U PLEASE CONFIRM THAT BRITISH PASSPORT HOLDERS CAN GET A 30 DAY FREE VISA ON ARRIVAL IN THE AIRPORT??
    I AM FLYING EMIRATES AND AM ONLY STAYING OVER FOR 5 DAYS THEN CONTINUING MY JOURNEY TO GREECE. I ALSO HAVE PRE-BOOKED HOTEL FOR MY STAY, CONFIRMATION OF WHICH I HAVE WITH ME. I DID THIS SAME JOURNEY LAST YEAR IN THE SAME MONTH.

  5. I have heard that if one holds a British passport, a Dubai visa is not required. Is this true??

    • That’s correct, British passport holders don’t need a visa for Dubai.

  6. in terms of payment how does it work and how long does it take to receive the Visa
    your attention his highly appreciated.

    • Hi Maria, the easiest would be to pay via card online, though it does depend on which way you’re applying – this is for if you’re using VFS or going via the Emirates website.

    • Hi there

      My family and i stay in Oman at the moment. We are on a monthly visit visa in Oman. We want to travel to Al Ain, which is our neighboring UAE city as we stay in Buraimi.

      We want to travel by car and stay in a hotel for 2 or 3 days? How do we go about to obtain a visa? Thank you>
      Miemmie

    • Hi Miemmie,

      Thanks for reaching out!

      I would recommend you contact the consulate if you wanting to get a visa for the UAE. They will be able to give you the most up to date information and procedures.

      You will need to advise them on what passport you are holding as well as what visa you currently holding while in Oman. They will be able to advise accordingly.

      Best of Luck!

  7. i am a permanent resident in RSA & travel on on an EU /Dutch passport – is a visa required for transit CPT- Dubai-AMS return?

    • Hi Jane, no transit visa is needed to transit via Dubai as a South African or as an EU citizen. South Africans need a visa to enter Dubai though if they wish to leave the airport. I hope this clears it up for you.

  8. Hie
    If I need to shop around to Dubai, there are plenty of machines I need to shop around in dubai how do I do it, interms of money to and fro how much shld I put aside

    • Hi Rudo, the a round trip ticket from Johannesburg to Dubai will cost you from around R6040 including taxes, a direct flight (not via another city) will cost form around R7700. Hotels will cost around R700 and upwards per night usually. As for how much money you should spend on shopping, that’s up to you. You can book flights and hotels on our website http://www.travelstart.co.za

  9. My son lives and works in Dubai.Can he apply on my behalf?
    If so,what documentation does he need from me?

    • Hi Fred, if you’re going to be visiting and staying with him there the only way to apply is for him to do it for you in Dubai. He will need to contact the DNRD there in Dubai and make the application. They will let him know what documents he needs to supply to make the application. I would suggest that you get a clear copy of your passport so long to send to him as he will surely need that in order to apply.

  10. I am planning to visit Dubai in March but haven’t booked the tickets yet because my itinerary hasn’t been confirmed. If I have the option to pre-book the ticket, Can I book a one-way ticket right now and apply for Visa or do I have to book a round trip in order to apply for the Visa? Also, can you let me know about the procedure for a single woman below 25 Indian Passport holder to obtain a Dubai Visit Visa? Thanks in Advance!

    • Hi Sravya, thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Indian passports (we specialise in South African travellers) so you’ll need to check with the official handling agency VFS: http://www.dubaivisa.net/

      That being said, I highly doubt you’ll be allowed to apply for a visa on a one way ticket, not only that but you’re going to waste a lot of money buying 2 one way tickets rather than a round trip ticket as a one way ticket is usually around 75% of a return meaning you’ll spend 50% more to travel like this. I highly recommend following the normal way of booking and travelling to ensure you have the smoothest experience possible.

  11. we are going to visit my daughter who is living and working in Dubai. I see from your information that she needs to apply on our behalf. is there a cost for this visa?

    • Hi Debbie, thanks for getting in touch! The simplest way to get a UAE visa is to fly with Emirates or Etihad Airways. You can find the links on where to apply by checking the “Manager Booking” section on either of their websites. Important to note here is that it doesn’t matter if you book with them directly or with a travel agent, you can still follow these prompts. The cost is around 55 US Dollars for a 96-hour visa. This is a single entry visa and it is non-extendable. A 30-day visa will cost you around 75 Dollars. You can also apply through VFS on http://www.dubaivisa.net. If you are on the SAA code-share flight to Dubai (that is the Emirates plane but the SAA ticket on the Emirates plane), you can apply through VFS. If you are travelling with Etihad, you need to go to http://www.ttsuaevisas.com. Hope the above helps. Best of luck!

  12. Hi,
    I know this has been brought up a few times however I am hoping for an answer specific to my situation. I am relocating to Dubai for sometime on a work visa. I would like my girlfriend to visit me a few times over the year however she is only 23 going onto 24 soon. I am curious about the possibility of her getting a tourist visa to travel alone. Also I will be staying in a hotel for the next year which would be where she is staying with me on the visit as it has multiple rooms, would the UAE embassy accept this as accommodation as I see they tend to ask where they will be staying as well as confirmation, This question is on the assumption that I will be booking through one of the airlines that will sponsor her i.e. Emirates or Etihad.

    Thanks

    • Hi Anton,

      The simplest way to get a UAE visa is to fly with Emirates or Etihad Airways. You can find the links on where to apply by checking the “Manager Booking” section on either of their websites. Important to note here is that it doesn’t matter if you book with them directly or with a travel agent, you can still follow these prompts. The cost is around 55 US Dollars for a 96-hour visa. This is a single entry visa and it is non-extendable. A 30-day visa will cost you around 75 Dollars. You can also apply through VFS on http://www.dubaivisa.net. If you are on the SAA code-share flight to Dubai (that is the Emirates plane but the SAA ticket on the Emirates plane), you can apply through VFS. If you are travelling with Etihad, you need to go to http://www.ttsuaevisas.com. Price can change at anytime, however their websites will be up to date at the time when you apply.

      If you have any further queries on what documentation would be accepted you are welcome to contact them on:

      Contact Details for DVPC – Johannesburg

      Telephone : 011 783 0410, / 011 783 1941
      For any queries, please email at :infodvpcsa@dubaivisa.net

      Best of luck!

  13. hi there we are planning a family vacation to dubai in April,one of my sisters is working in Botswana,where can she apply for her visa?

    thanks

    your response will be highly appreciated.

    • Hi Andile,

      Thanks for getting in touch! Sounds amazing, Dubai with the family 🙂

      The simplest way to get a UAE visa is to fly with Emirates or Etihad Airways. You can find the links on where to apply by checking the “Manager Booking” section on either of their websites. Important to note here is that it doesn’t matter if you book with them directly or with a travel agent, you can still follow these prompts. You can also apply through VFS on http://www.dubaivisa.net. If you are on the SAA code-share flight to Dubai (that is the Emirates plane but the SAA ticket on the Emirates plane), you can apply through VFS. If you are travelling with Etihad, you need to go to http://www.ttsuaevisas.com

      If you are not flying on the Emirates or Etihad, you cannot apply through VFS. You will need to go through another visa handling service. We recommend a visa handling agent at http://www.onlinedubaivisa.co.za. They are good at handling applications for people who are not flying on Etihad or Emirates. These are often bookings on airlines like Ethiopian or Qatar Airways.

      If you need further information you are welcome to contact the Visa handling agents directly and they will be able to advise accordingly.

      Best of luck!

      Have a fantastic holiday! Sure its going to be amazing 🙂

  14. We will have a long stop over in Dubai on our way to Japan. We are planning to do a day tour in Dubai while we wait for our next departure.

    When I apply online via Emirates they only give an option for a transit visa, will this be sufficient?

    • Hi Mariette,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      If you wanting to leave the airport im not sure that a transit visa would be sufficient. I think you would require the 96 hour visa.
      What I would suggest is contacting VFS they specialize in UAE visas and should be able to give you the most up to date information.
      There contact details are:

      NATIONAL CALL CENTRE :
      +27 11 783 0410 / +27 11 783 1941 (JOHANNESBURG) +27 21 423 6573 (CAPE TOWN), +27 31 584 7153 (DURBAN)
      http://www.dubaivisa.net

      Best of luck!

    • Hi Marcelle,

      Thank you for the information. VFS confirmed that a transit visa is a 96 hour visa. All sorted. 🙂

    • Mariette, thanks for getting back to us! That is great, happy to hear it is all sorted! Have a good weekend 🙂

  15. I’m a South Africa lady married to a Zimbabwen we both planning to visit Dubai for holiday, April 2015. Can you please explain the situation of visa.
    Thank you.

    • Hi Zuki,

      Great to hear from you!

      The simplest way to get a UAE visa is to fly with Emirates or Etihad Airways. You can find the links on where to apply by checking the “Manager Booking” section on either of their websites. Important to note here is that it doesn’t matter if you book with them directly or with a travel agent, you can still follow these prompts. The cost is around 55 – 75 US Dollars (prices could increase) for a 96-hour visa. This is a single entry visa and it is non-extendable. A 30-day visa will cost you around 75 – 100 Dollars. You can also apply through VFS on http://www.dubaivisa.net. If you are on the SAA code-share flight to Dubai (that is the Emirates plane but the SAA ticket on the Emirates plane), you can apply through VFS. If you are travelling with Etihad, you need to go to http://www.ttsuaevisas.com

      You will need the following documents in order to apply:
      Colour passport photograph
      Colour copy of your passport
      Original application form which you can download online
      Copy of your Emirates or Etihad flight ticket
      This is an electronic visa and it will usually take around 4 days to process and a copy of the visa is emailed to you. It is important to note here that the working week in the UAE runs from Sunday to Thursday instead of Monday to Friday like it is here in South Africa.

      If you are not flying on the Emirates or Etihad plane, you cannot apply through VFS. You will need to go through another visa handling service. We often use a visa handling agent at http://www.onlinedubaivisa.co.za. They are good at handling applications for people who are not flying on Etihad or Emirates. These are often bookings on airlines like Ethiopian or Qatar Airways.
      You will need the following to apply for a visa if you are not flying with Emirates or Etihad Airways:

      Colour passport photograph
      Colour photocopy of your passport
      Confirmation of your hotel booking
      Copy of your flight ticket
      The cost is around R1400 – R1600 (prices could increase) for a 14-day visa. An “urgent” 14-day visa will cost you R1800 which will be received within 1 to 2 working days. A 30-day visa will cost you around R1850. (all prices are subject to change at anytime)

      If you are applying through VFS or need further information here are their contact details are:

      NATIONAL CALL CENTRE :
      +27 11 783 0410 / +27 11 783 1941 (JOHANNESBURG) +27 21 423 6573 (CAPE TOWN), +27 31 584 7153 (DURBAN)

      Best of luck and happy travels!

  16. your blog states that a visa for Dubai for 30 days or less cost $75 . I believe this cost is now R1750 which I am sure will put off many travelers on a SA passport. Can you confirm the increase in price.

    • Hi Peter, great to hear from you. Prices are subject to change. This blog was posted last year October. Rates could have increased in the new year. Also depends where the person is applying for the visa. If the passenger is not flying with ” Ethiad or Emirates, A 30-day visa will quoted last year would cost you around R1850

  17. Hi l am for Ethiopia am living Oman and I want to Dubai to come Dubai and I want one month Visit visa how can I get that can inform me please I am in Harry I have two months left to finish my contracts and I want to come in April please let me know please thank you

    • Hi Menbere,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      To apply for a UAE visa please go onto the following site, http://www.visadubai-online.com/ where you will be able to place the necessary details requested and follow the procedures for the booking visa process. It will give the cost of the visa, how to Apply for a Dubai UAE Visa and the processing time.

      http://www.visadubai-online.com/

  18. I’m a U.S. permanent resident, how easy it for me to get Dubai visa? Thanks

    • Hi Phoebe,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      You shouldn’t have a problem when applying for a UAE visa if you have the correct documentation.

  19. I would like to fly Emirates going to Funchal. I have 2 options, one to stay overnight in Dubai the other to take the next flight out to Lisbon and then Funchal. I carry a SA passport and a EU passport if I overnight in Dubai do I need a visa? Your response will be much appreciated. Thanks

    • Hi Zita,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      I am not sure what EU passport you are holding. It could be that every EU passport National could have a different rule.

      You are welcome to go onto the following website select your passport type and it will give the necessary information if a visa is required in Dubai or not.

      http://www.visadubai-online.com/visa-for-dubai-types/

      Usually for EU passport holders you will need to obtain a visa on arrival, but its best to check before, selecting which passport you have, to avoid any disappointment at check-in.

  20. I’m travelling to dubai in two weeks to go look for jobs. I booked a one way flight with Emirates. Will I be questioned at immigration as to why I have a one way ticket and will there be any problems? I have been to dubai 5 times and it terrifies me going through immigration on my own but I’ve always had a return ticket so have never been questioned. Please advise! Thanks

    • Hi Nikki,

      Yes this would be a problem. One needs to have a proof of employment before going into that country along with a return ticket.

      I suggest you contact Emirates or a visa company who specializes in this to get further information, to avoid any disappointment.

      Best of Luck!

  21. Hi,

    I am travelling with my wife to Dubai as a tourist from India on Etihad airways. We are not going to spend more than 96 hours in UAE. Which visa should we apply for – Transit (96 hours) Visa or Tourist Visa?
    As we will be in Dubai/Abu dhabi for about 80-85 hours(3 nights stay).

    Thanks,
    Rachit

    • Hi Rachit,

      Thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise for Indian passport holders (we specialize in South African travelers)

      I would suggest to contact VFS who are the official handling agency: http://www.dubaivisa.net/ and they should be able to assist accordingly with any queries you might have.

      Best of Luck!

  22. Hi Marcelle,

    I need some advice…

    My husband has been offered work in Dubai and they will arrange his visa. I have to arrange my own. Should I arrive on a visit visa and arrange the residency visa once there?
    Also, on a visit visa, would it be acceptable for me to arrive on a one-way ticket or is a return ticket required?

    • Hi Bianca,

      Thanks for getting in touch and the interesting question.

      I am not to sure where is the best place to arrange a residency visa. To my knowledge it would be in South Africa. But best ask the when applying for your visa as they specialize in this and would be able to provide the most up to date information.

      With regards to entering Dubai on a visitors visa on a one way ticket, this is not permitted. You will need to present a return ticket.

      My suggestion would be, to contact VFS the handling agent and they would be able to assist and answer any queries you might have.

      http://www.dubaivisa.net/

      Best of Luck!

  23. Hi Marcelle, I am flying with Emirates from Capetown to Phuket and will be in transit at Dubai International Airport for 5 hours. Will I require a visa to check in baggage and walk around theairport and catch my next flight?

    • Hi Jen,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      If you are not passing through immigration’s in Dubai you will not require a transit visa. You should be able to check your baggage straight through from Cape Town to Phuket, depending on the ticket you have. If all sectors are one one booking and flying with Emirates your luggage will be checked straight through to its final destination

  24. Hi Marcelle,

    My Husband (British Citizen) and I (South African Citizen) would like to visit Dubai for a short while, 96 hrs or less. I understand been British does not require a visa to Dubai, but would I as a SA Citizen need to apply for a visa?

    • Hi Debs, yes that’s correct. You will need to apply for a visa, while the UK passport holder shouldn’t need a visa to visit the UAE for a short stay as a tourist.

  25. Hi,
    I am travelling to dubai, but will only be there for 2 days! Do i still need a visa for these 2 days?

  26. Hi folks,

    I hope you can help me with one question:

    Odd situation: I got a request for an business trip, short notice. Ran to renew passport, bought the tickets (we only fly virgin, so we got virgin A Business JFK – LON – DUBAI and back ) and used the hotel (the Ritz) to get a visa. The day was approaching ( it’s tomorrow ) and the hotel was not sending the confirmation. They then wrote saying that they couldn’t guarantee it.

    As a plan B, I managed to get an emirates flight Lon -> Dubai and the visa was ready in one day ( yesterday! ) now the pain :

    I know if I don’t flight Virgin, I will lose the rest of the trip, but if I don’t fly Emirates, I won’t enter Dubai correct?

    Do you have any experience / cases on that matter? Are there any flexibility in this matter? Or I will just lose the flight back, and I need to buy new flights for the return? ( and better fly emirates because of terminal diff from virgin )

    Any advise / comment is highly appreciated!

    Marcelo

    • Hi Marcelo,

      Thanks for the interesting question. That is correct if you do not have a visa for the UAE you will not be allowed to enter Dubai.

      As we do not have access to your booking to look at the rules of the air ticket, I would not be able to advise if any refund would be given on the portion of the Virgin ticket you would not be using.

      I would suggest you contact the airline direct, to let them know which portion of the ticket you will not be using and see if they are able to assist in refunding a portion of the unused sectors and get any airport taxes back. They will be able to assist accordingly

  27. Dear Marcelle,
    I’m from Iran ..and going to attend in the Emirates Airline interview…but i’m wondering,
    if I would be successful in the interviews Do the Emirates issue visa for Iranian with Iranian passport??? or the recruiters will reject me just because of my nationality?
    Please help me, I really need your help.
    Thank you in advance,
    Sincerely yours,
    Sepideh

    • Hi Sepideh,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I would think Emirates welcome all nationalities however it is best to contact them direct for any queries you might have as they are the ones who are doing the recruiting and should be able to assist accordingly.

      Best of luck!

    • i am wondering if you could proceed to get a working visa?! your reply would be appreciated

    • Hi Mike,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid we don’t specialize in work visa’s. For this you would need to contact the Embassy direct or an official visa handling agency who should be able to assist with any queries you might have and point you in the right direction.

  28. Am from ethiopia and i was planning to visit dubai so how am i goin to get my visa?

    • Hi Hewan,

      Thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Ethiopian passport holders as we specialise in South African travellers. You would need to contact the Embassy direct and they should be able to assist with any questions you might have.

  29. Hi
    I would like to know the following:
    I have booked my flight tickets with Emirates. I am traveling to dubai, with my wife who is a Zambian who has a temporary resident permit and baby who is South African.
    1.What is the easiest and best way to get a visa for 12 night stay.
    2. What documents are required
    3. How long is processing time.
    4. What is the costs for the visas

    Hope you can advise. Thanks in advance

    • Hi Joe,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      The below is for South African passport holders applying for a UAE visa. I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Zimbabwean passport holders as we specialize in South African travelers.

      For South African passport holders there are 5 easy steps when applying for a UAE visa online, when flying with Emirates via Dubai.

      You are welcome to log onto http://www.emirates.com/za and familiarise yourself with visa costs, visa requirements, terms and conditions

      Step 1: Log onto http://www.emirates.com/za
      Step 2: Click on – Manage Existing Booking
      Step 3: Retrieve your existing booking, enter Last Name and Booking reference.
      Step 4: Select – Apply for your UAE Visa
      Step 5: Click on – Continue to Visa Application

      Documents required:

      Colour passport photograph
      Colour copy of your passport
      Original application form which you can download online
      Copy of your Emirates or Etihad flight ticket
      This is an electronic visa and it will usually take around 4 – 7 working days to process and a copy of the visa is emailed to you. It is important to note here that the working week in the UAE runs from Sunday to Thursday instead of Monday to Friday like it is here in South Africa.

      If you need further information or assistance you are welcome to contact Rose (Republic of Service Excellence) who specialize in visas, and will be able to provide the most up to date information. Or you can contact Emirates direct.

      Johannesburg Regional Office

      Tel: 0100015060
      Email: jean@visaservice.co.za
      MainWeb: http://www.visaservice.co.za

      Best of Luck!

  30. Apologies if this has already been asked…

    I am travelling from Cape Town to New York on Emirates, and stopping over in Dubai on the way back for 20 hours (land in Dubai at 7am, depart at 4am the following morning).

    I am thus trying to apply for the 96-hour visa through the “Manage my booking” section of the Emirates website, so that I can see a bit of the city in the time I’m there, but it requires a hotel reference in order to proceed to the next stage of the application.

    Since I won’t really require a hotel in the time I’m there (I plan to see the sights during the day and be back at the airport by around midnight, in time for my flight back), is there any way that I’m able to get around this?

    Thanks.

    • Hi Kurt,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’ve just spoken to one of my consultants who advised you can try get a visa upon arrival however there is no guarantee.

      I would suggest to contact Emirates direct to see what information they can provide with regards to your query to see if there is any other way to try obtain a visa before departure.

      Their contact number is:

      011 303 1951

      Best of Luck.

  31. Hi! I want to stay 1week with my daughter she is 10 years , how can I apply for visa how much it costs? visa+ holel?

    • Hi Pratima,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you visa costs. You will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency and they should be able to furnish you with this information.

      For a price on hotels you welcome to search our website http://www.travelstart.co.za here you are able to search for various hotels around the world.

      Should you need assistance you welcome to contact our Travelbar team on: travelbar@travelstart.com where one of our Travel Experts would love to assist.

      When e-mailing them your request please give all details including exact dates of travel, city you wish to stay, number of passengers and your budget. They will reply with a quote within 2 working days.

      Alternatively you are welcome to contact them on 021 468 4300 (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm) or Saturday 9am – 1pm and speak to a Travel Consultants. (Our lines are closed for quotes on public holidays)

  32. Hi,

    I have a bit of a dilemma… I bought a Emirates ticket – Jhb – Dubai – Paris – Dubai – Jhb as one booking and have a separate FlyDubai booking from Dubai – Russia before my return flight to Jhb. Because these are separate booking Emirates can’t guarantee that my luggage will be book to my final destination upon check-in in Paris. If I can’t book my luggage through to my final destination will I need a visa to collect in it Dubai?

    I know dnata does a transfer check-in, but according to them the luggage service is done through Marhaba, and they are saying that they don’t offer this service for incoming Emirates flights.

    I really wish that they would be more forthcoming with this type of info – I’ve been on every website imaginable and no one can answer this particular scenario!

    Thank you in advance!

    • Hi Jana,

      Thanks for the interesting question.

      To our knowledge you will need to obtain a visa for Dubai if your luggage can not be checked straight through.

      In saying this, please see link below with all the necessary contact details of the relevant companies / Embassy you may contact to get the most up to date information, as they specialize in visas.

      http://www.thegsa.co.za/index.php?nav=destination_country&view=170

  33. hi
    i am travelling to Dubai from Uganda on qatar airways, i have a 96 hr stay in dubai and i have a ticket of Turkish airline , from Dubai to Istanbul after staying 96 hr in Dubai.
    I have Pakistan Official passport, wanted to check how can i get on arrival visa ??
    Thnx

    • Hi Malik,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the procedures for visa requirements for a Pakistani passport holder as specialise in South African travellers.

      The following link might help with contact details and procedures however this is for South African passport holders.

      http://www.thegsa.co.za/index.php?nav=destination_country&view=170

  34. Hi. I’ve got an important question. I got a visit visa for Dubai last month. It expired on 31st July. I’m traveling to Dubai again with family next week. Will there be an issue since I didn’t get a chance to travel last time on my previous visa?

    • Hi Maha,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If your visa has expired, even if you have not made use of it, you will need to apply for a new visa as you will experience problems at check-in or immigration.

  35. Hi,
    Thank you for your prompt reply.
    I am applying for a new visa. I’m just concerned that I didn’t utilize the earlier one. Will that be a problem?

    • Hi Maha, to be 100% honest, I don’t know how it will affect your chances this time. If it were me, I’d chat with the guys at the Dubai Visa Processing Centre and see what’s happened in their experience. Here are the details for the local offices: http://www.dubaivisa.net/southafrica/contact_us.html

      Best of luck!

  36. I have a boy friend who works in dubai but he is not a dubai citizen. .what can o do to vist him. .what are the steps I should fellow to get a visa

    • Hi Jane, if he is hosting you he will need to contact his local DNRD office to apply to sponsor you to visit him.

  37. Hey,

    What is the best option to apply for a UAE Visa for Non-South Africans working and living in South Africa on permanent residence?

    Can one apply directly to UAE embassy? Not flying Emirates, instead flying Qatar.
    Though been to Dubai once on my way to USA, was flying Emirates then.

    What wouud you suggest?

    • Hi Tim, you’ll need to apply either through the tour operator you’re organising your accommodation with or the hotel you’re staying with. The same rules should apply.

  38. I am traveling to Dubai and will be applying for a transit visa though Emirates so my question is do we also have to show them our entire trip stay details ..like which hotel we booked with our reservation details or it doesn’t matter where ever we stay .let me know if there are any specifics for transit visa .thanks

    • Hi Sasha,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If they request this when applying for the transit visa then you will need to provide them with this information. However to my knowledge I don’t think it is.

      I suggest you contact them direct and they should be able to answer any queries you might have.

  39. good day to all, wana ask this question that, can someone in can request for my work perty

    • Hi Amos,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I am not sure what exactly your question is. Please can you rephrase and we will gladly try assist with your query.

  40. If I am traveling from india to another destination via dubai, from UAE airlines or any other airlines. Can I get transit visa for three days to see dubai.

    • Hi Imran,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Please find details below for South African passport holders:

      This information should be used as a guide only. Please confirm requirements with the consulate or embassy.

      Visas are required by SA passport holders.

      (Gulf Co-operating countries are: Qatar, Bahrain, U.A.E.,Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.)
      • UK citizens with right of abode in the UK do not need to obtain a visa in advance. On entry a visitors visa will be issued valid for a stay of 60 days. The visa may be renewed once for a period of 30 days. The renewal requires a sponsor.
      • US citizens (tourist and business) may apply to the UAE for a 1-10 year multiple entry visa. Sponsor is required. Maximum duration of stay should not exceed 6 months per visit.
      • Other passport holders to contact the Embassy Of UAE directly.

      ISSUING AUTHORITY:
      Embassy of U.A.E
      992 Arcadia Street, Arcadia
      PO Box 57090, Arcadia, 0007
      Tel: (012) 342-7736
      Fax: (012) 342-7738
      E-mail: uae@mweb.co.za
      web: http://uae-embassy.ae/Embassies/za

      REQUIREMENTS:
      • 1 Application form (completed)
      • Copy of the first few pages of the passport
      • Detailed itinerary confirming date of arrival and flight details
      • Valid passport (valid minimum of 6 months)
      • All applications for tourist and 96-hour visas for the UAE, must be submitted with a digital photograph of the applicant. The photograph must be in jpeg format.
      NOTE:
      • Nationals of Israel may not enter the UAE.
      • A penalty charge per day is imposed on visitors who overstay (approx. Dh100).
      • Airlines may require confirmation that the sponsor is holding a valid visa for the incoming visitor.
      General Rules:
      • Everyone who intends to visit the United Arab Emirates must have a sponsor, either U.A.E.
      national, or an expatriot being in the U.A.E. legally.
      • Visit visa is for the purpose of visiting family members in the U.A.E., ie: father, brother etc.
      Relatives in U.A.E. should organise the visit visas from the authorities concerned.

      TYPES OF VISAS:
      Visitors Visas: (Family visits & business):
      Applies to tourists spending more than 14 days in Dubai. Sponsorship from any UAE resident or any
      company or hotel licensed to operate in the UAE.
      Validity: Valid for entry within 60 days from date of issue. Can be renewed for a total stay of up to 90 days.
      Tourist Visas:
      May be otained for individual tourists from:East and West Europe, USA, Canada, Australia,
      Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, Hong Kong citizens, South Africa, Singapore and China. Validity: 30 days.
      Multiple Entry Visas (Business):
      Business visitors who have a relationship with either a multinational or other reputable local establishmentsand who are frequent visitors to the UAE.
      Validity: Six months from date of issue and the durationof each is 30 days.
      Transit Visas:
      Valid for up to 96 hours. Valid if passenger is travelling onwards from Dubai to another destination and not returning to the country of original departure.

      The Embassy does not issue tourist visas.

      For more visa information:
      Please contact the United Arab Emirates Embassy – Consular Section
      Tel: (012) 342 7736 – ext 206
      Email: conspretoria@mofa.gov.ae

      PLEASE NOTE:
      • Visa extensions are available for a fee.
      • Embarkation and disembarkation cards are to be completed by the visitor.
      • Employment is forbidden whether for remuneration or not.
      • VFS will not process a Dubai visa for any UMNR’S stopping in Dubai. Visa’s need to be arranged
      through a sponsor in Dubai.
      Transit Visas for the above listed countries may be issued at the Dubai International Airport upon
      arrival , subject to the approval of the Immigration Officials. Some airlines require that their passengers inform the airline office where their booking was made prior to departure of their attentions to avail of a transit visa . (It is the discretion of the airline whether such requests should be forwarded to their Dubai office for processing)

      NOTE: Etihad Airways, in conjunction with TT Services, have a visa processing service for all Etihad passengers travelling to the UAE from South Africa.

      Citizens and residents of SA, travelling on Etihad Airways to the UAE, can apply for quick and easy visa processing for the UAE. By visiting the website: http://www.ttuaevisas.com, Etihad Airways passengers can access a number of visa processing services including: a dedicated website to provide information, online application and status checks, a dedicated office for application collection and customer support in JNB, a nationwide courier service to collect visa applications and other facilities to suit the individual needs of the Etihad passenger.

      SA REPRESENTATIVE:
      Embassy of SA
      Corner Airport Road & 25th Str.
      Villa Number A029, Abu Dhabi
      Tel: +971 2 447 3446 Fax: +971 2 447 3262
      Web: http://www.dirco.gov.za/abudhabi

    • Hi Mohd,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you are a South African passport holder please see below:

      There are 5 easy steps when applying for a UAE visa online, when flying with Emirates via Dubai.

      You are welcome to log onto http://www.emirates.com/za and familiarise yourself with visa costs, visa requirements, terms and conditions

      Step 1: Log onto http://www.emirates.com/za
      Step 2: Click on – Manage Existing Booking
      Step 3: Retrieve your existing booking, enter Last Name and Booking reference.
      Step 4: Select – Apply for your UAE Visa
      Step 5: Click on – Continue to Visa Application

      Alternatively you can contact the airline direct as they should be able to assist with any further queries you might have.

  41. Hi.. i’m Indonesian. I have plan to visit Dubai and will be flying with Qatar.. how can i get visa and how much for cost.. thanks

    • Hi Shelvy,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I suggest you contact the airline you are flying with direct. They should be able to assist you in applying for a visa.

  42. Hi. I am travelling to Dubai soon and need to know if the vfs will process my visa if it is an saa ticket operating through emirates? So basically is the statement in this article still valid?

    • Hi Chandre,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      As this blog was written in 2014 the terms could have changes that if you are on the SAA code-share flight to Dubai (that is the Emirates plane but the SAA ticket on the Emirates plane), you can apply through VFS.

      I would suggest contacting them direct to see if they still assist with visa applications.

  43. Hi I am a resident in the U.K, And will be travelling to dubai in few mths time as family holiday and hoping for a family member to come too as a tourist but from pakistan , will he need a ticket before obtaining a visa or is it possible to get a visa without a ticket then book the ticket once he has got a uae visa? and what other documents are required for a pakistani citizen?

    • Hi Esha,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Pakistani passport holders as we specialise in South African travellers.

      To my knowledge you do need a valid return ticket when applying for a UK visa as this is one of the requirements.

      I suggest you contact the UK Embassy they will be able to assist and advise accordingly.

  44. Hi. I just have a question. I’m a Philippine passport holder but i’m here in canada for my studies. When my visa expires, i’m planning to visit my brother who’s working in dubai. I think he will process it through a travel agency. My question is, do i need to book a ticket before applying for a visit visa or I can just buy a ticket once my application has been approved? Thanks

    • Hi Anna,

      To my knowledge you would need a copy of your e-ticket purchased when applying for your visa.

      I do suggest you contact the airline or Embassy direct to get the most up to date information as we do not specialize in requirements Philippine passport holders.

  45. Hi, kindly i have a question, well my wife is travelling to Dubai alone she is from azerbaijan and i read on Emirates.com that an azerbaijan female under 30 years old cannot travel alone or obtain an online visa, i would like to know if there is other ways to obtain a visit visa fro dubai without me travelling with her ?
    Thanks in advance, looking forward to hear from as soon as possible

    • Hi Hisham,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      If Emirates have advised Azerbaijan females under the age of 30 are not permitted to travel alone you will need to abide by this law. If the passenger does not meet the travel requirements they will be denied boarding.

  46. Thanks for answer, i understand of course that i have to follow the law. maybe my question wasnt precise enough, on thier website they wrote ” No visa will be issued on arrival to female passengers under 30 years of age, being nationals of Azerbaijan.” i wanted to know if that means she can get the visa through a travel agency or from the embassy directly ,since nobody has enough imformation about this point !

    • Hi Hisham,

      I am afraid we do not specialize in visa’s or assist passengers in applying for visa’s. I suggest you contact a visa Embassy who specializes in this area they will be able to answer any questions you might have. O contact the airline direct where you read this they should also be able to assist.

      Best of luck.

  47. Help I will be in Dubai on sunday I dnt have my id with me I do have my passport and visa any need to carry an id please help

    • Hi Zondi,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      As long as you have your valid passport and visa you should not require to carry your ID with you.

  48. Hey.My name is sandra.i want to visit a friend In dubai.so how do I go abt applying for a visa I am a zimbabwean citizen based in south africa.how much is a visa and a flight ticket

    • Hi Sandra,

      Thanks for cotnacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Zimbabwean passport holders as we specialise in South African travellers.

      You welcome to read through the blog as it will provide you with further information on where to apply and through whom.

      To get the most up to date information contact the Embassy direct as they will be able to advise on the correct procedures for a Zimbabwean passport holder to follow.

      http://www.travelstart.co.za/blog/how-to-apply-for-a-dubai-visa-faq-fridays/

  49. Hello
    I am a British citizen but my husbAnd has resistance permit I am not too sure if he need visa for Dubai

    • Hi Meena,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      This depends on what passport your husband is traveling with.

      If he is traveling on a South African passport he will require a visa for Dubai.

  50. I am living in UK now and plan to apply Dubai visa. What if i got Chinese passport can i still apply from that agency you mentioned in option 2. Because i already bought ticket of British airline.

    • Hi Jason,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Chinese passport holders as we specialize in South African travellers.

      You would need to contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency direct, they will be able to advise accordingly.

  51. hi sir,
    I want to apply peppermint visa of Dubai how i can apply, what is the process please inform me.

    • Hi Tehmina,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid we do not specialize with visa related queries. For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency.

      They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  52. I am a married 26 year old travelling to Dubia on Emirates. I have applied for a 90 visa and they say I need to get a pre-approval. I am going to visit family. What is the chances that I will get a visa?

    • Hi Chandre,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid we do not specilzie in visa nor do we grant them. This will be up to the Embassy’s discretion if they grant you the visa or not.

      If one has never been denied a visa, does not have a criminal record, have sufficient funds and supplied the correct documentation when applying for the visa ones chance are quite good. However it really is up to the Embassy’s discretion.

  53. Hi
    i have a question. I belong to Pakistan and have just got work visa as Teacher of UAE. My daughter,15 years old, i wish to take her along on visit visa to Dubai as my husband works in merchant navy and he is already on a ship based in Dubai. Kindly guide me on how to get a visit visa for her so that she can fly with me. I dont have favourable circumstances to leave her here in Pakistan to wait for her residance visa after i ll be getting my visa and all.

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid we do not specialize with visa related queries. For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency.

      They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required when applying.

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    • Hi Pietter,

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  55. hie there.plis help me ,I don’t know what to do.I’m a Zimbabwean passport holder based in south Africa I want to go to dubai what must I have to apply for a vissa .I want to go and look for work there. or where must I get a help its for first time.regards Owen mapurisa

    • Hi Owen,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for a Zimbabwean passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct they will be able to advise you if this is possible and what the cost is as well as correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  56. Thanks for the such informative stuff. I want some information about online application of Dubai visa. You can get more information about Dubai Visa Fees

  57. I don’t have a relative in Dubai but I have a friend and we have the same surname, is it okay if we say that we are cousin? Can he stand as my sponsor?

    • Hi Kim,

      We do not advise / recommend that you lie on your visa application as they might do back ground checks.

      For any visa queries you welcome to contact airline or official visa handling agency direct they will be able to assist accordingly.

  58. I am going to dubai after 2 weeks . Somebody said that we need a round trip ticket otherwise you will be stopped at the airport. Like I am departing from chennai to dubai and after 1 month I will go to jaipur from dubai..
    So I cant buy a round trip ticket because of the change of destinations.
    Plzz reply fast !

    • Hi Prakash,

      Thanks for for getting in touch.

      One should able to purchase a ticket like this but you will need to show check-in you have a ticket back to your original point of departure.

      I would suggest you contact the airline direct, they will be able to advise accordingly.

  59. I am a South African living in the USA with a green card. What is the best way to apply for a UAE visa? I don’t know which websites are reputable so I afraid to apply online and give all of my information.

    What kind of visa should I apply for. This is my schedule. I fly from Washington DC – Abu Dhabi (and drive to Dubai), where I will spend less than 72 hours there. I will then fly from Abu Dhabi – London, where I will spend 4 days there. I will then fly from London to Abu Dhabi, where I will spend about 5 hours in the airport, and then I will fly back to Washington DC.

    Will I require 2 visas? I can’t get a visa through the airline that I am flying on (already tried).

    Thanks,
    Andrew

    • Hi Andrew,

      To my knowledge you would need to contact the airline you are traveling with or the Embassy direct.

      They will be able to advise on what visa you will need to apply for, the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  60. Wow. Cool.

  61. please I am a Ghanaian passport holder living in Dubai temporarily can I apply for a US tourist Visa in Dubai and if possible what are the document needed…

    • Hi Florence,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for a Ghanaian passport holder as we specialize in South African travellers.

      You will need to contact the Embassy the US Embassy direct and they will be able to advise if you are able to apply for a US visa that side and if so what what the correct procedures are to follow, cost and documentation required when applying.

  62. I like the way that you provide all the information about how to apply for Dubai visa, but I will recommend that online applies is the best and secure way. In online procedure you will get all the information online and you need not to go anywhere. Just fill online application form, pay online, upload your documents and visa sent in the processing.

  63. Hi I just need the opportunity to go to Dubai help me am from Ethiopia.

    • Hi there,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for an Ethiopian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers

      Please contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  64. for transit visa for 96 hrs, time of arrival of flight will consider or time of stamping is considered for counting time of entry.

    • hi
      what exactly time of entry means . for example if reach dubai airport at 11-30pm and reaching the place of visa checking after 12 i,e falling next day. which time will considered for counting 96 hrs transit visa, reply soon.

    • Hi Shanthi,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Time of entry means the time your flight lands in that country. So you will need to look on your flight ticket where you will be able to see your flights time (for time of entry and time of departure)

    • Hi Sree,

      No, this is not correct. It will be considered the time your flight touches down in the country.

  65. Hi i need your help am a zimbabwean passport holder want to visit my friend in UAE for 3months what is needed to get a visa as i don have south african resident permit .Thanks

    • Hi Juli,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for an Zimbabwean passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers. Please contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  66. hi , I have a small doubt. i am applying for UAE transit visa .I understand i have to apply for it 12 days before entry .
    Is its 12 working day before entry or total 12 days before entry ?
    Could you tell me if I can apply earlier ?
    please clarify
    thanks
    shiva

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      It is best to contact the airline direct that you will be traveling with or the Embassy. They will be able to answer any visa queries you might have.

  67. Hi, I am travelling to India in November and am stopping over in Abu Dhabi for 8,5hrs. Do I require a transit visa? I just called Etihad (I booked my flight with them) and they told me I require a transit visa for stopovers longer than 8 hours. I do not plan on leaving the airport during the transit period.

    • Hi Heena,

      If the airline has advised you of this you will need a transit visa even if you not leaving the airport and just in transit.

  68. I had taken Emirates flights and want to apply 90 days Visa for Dubai, but my Host is friend who is working over Dubai, his Visa is expiring in Dec 15, while please tell that can he apply my Dubai Visa, while as discussed from Mussafir customer care, she informed me that my Host should have validity more than 6 months. So my host was rejected by her, So please confirm is it correct.

    • Hi Jateem,

      I’m afraid we do not specialize in this area. You would need to contact the office visa handling agency or Embassy direct.

      They will be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

  69. Please leave your comment…pls want to know how to get uae visa.am presently in Nigeria but my husband work in Abudhabi.

    • Hi there,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for an Indian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers. Please contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

    • Hi there,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for an Ghanaian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers. Please contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required when applying for a work visa.

  70. I’m an Indian passport holder visiting Dubai for holidays.Can I apply for SA business visa from UAE as I am short on time to apply it from my country of residence.

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for an Indian passport holder as we specialise in

      South African travellers. Please contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to

      advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  71. Hello I’m Ugandan wanting to transit through Dubai with my family(Ugandan Passport Holders) on our way to the States(America).We have a layover of less than 24 hours . We are connecting flights,Do we need a visa to do so? If Yes how much does it cost ?

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for an Ugandan passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers. Please contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  72. I like the information that you have mentioned in your blog. Keep sharing good stuff with us. Thanks

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