Dubai a dream destination for many people around the world; every other person desires or dreams of visiting this city in the Middle East once in his/her lifetime. Dubai is known for its rich culture, skyscrapers, beaches, modern houses, excellent entertainment venues and a thriving nightlife. Dubai has become one of the most technologically advanced cities in the world, and has more coming in its future. Dubai is a mystical city but a must-visit place in the world. There are a lot of things to explore, and I’m not talking just about visiting beaches and big infrastructures. Dubai has a different culture of its own, great food, hygienic venues, luxury cars, markets and an entire desert to explore. Moreover, business setup in Dubai is a preferred option for entrepreneurs and firms these days. But there are certain things you should know before you step foot in Dubai.
There is a misconception in the minds of the people: that Dubai is strict – one step out of the line and you are in the jail; but that’s not like what it actually is. Dubai it is not nearly as strict as the vision you have in your mind, but there are certain unusual laws you need to be aware of before you visit. It is respectful to adhere to the laws of the place you are visiting. However, there are certain things about the Dubai visa which you should know before you book your tickets.
Here are a few things you should know about Dubai visa.
Applying for a Dubai visa is easy and cost-efficient, but there are certain rules and requirements which you need to know and fulfil in order to acquire a Dubai visa, like:
1. Gathering the Documents
Before applying for Dubai visa services, you need to gather all the necessary and requested documents and sufficient number of photocopies of the same. The documents you need to submit in order to get your visa are as follows:
- The guarantor’s passport’s first, last and visa pages
- Your Emirate ID
- The visitor’s passport’s first and last pages
- Each visitor’s passport-size photograph, taken against a white background
- Each visitor’s passport (with a minimum validity of 6 months)
- If the visitor is your spouse, the same must be mentioned on your passport
- Additional cash deposit of up to AED 5,000 may be required for certain visitors (not applicable for family visas*)
2. Type of Visa
There are different types of visas you can apply according to your need or reason for a visit. The types of visas you apply for in Dubai are:
- Visit visa
- Visa on arrival
- Resident visa
- Dubai tourist visa
- Employment visa
- Freelance visa
- Multiple-entry visa
- Transit visa for 96-hours
- Long-term visa (90 days) or short-term visa (30 days)
- Entry visa for domestic help
3. The Visa Cost
After you have gathered the requested documents and theirs photocopies, the next stop is the cost incurred in acquiring the visa. It differs for the type of visa you are applying for, like the cost of a visit visa is not the same as that of the tourist visa. But the minimum cost to be paid in order to acquire a Dubai visa is AED 200.
4. Visa Run
It means converting your visa from a short term to a long term for instance; you have visited Dubai for a short period of time but you get a job there and need to cross the border for that purpose so you need to convert your visa which is locally called as ‘visa run’. But recently the UAE government introduced a new rule allowing people to convert their visas into residency permits. This procedure now can be done online within the UAE.
5. Where to Get an Emirate ID?
An Emirate ID is a mandatory card issued to all citizens and legal residents over the age of 15. It is linked with your visa status, so every time you renew your visa you need to renew your emirate ID too. You need to fill in an e-application at an authorized typing center, along with which you need to attest a copy of your passport and visa in it. After the submission, you’ll be given a receipt and will receive an SMS regarding the time and place for the registration appointment. Take your receipt from the typing center and your passport at the time of your appointment, where your fingerprint, photograph and retina scan will be taken and you’ll be given a document with your card details, which will include your card’s 4-digit pin. Your emirate ID card will be couriered to you after a few days; the cost of this card is approximately $30 and the typing center services will cost you around $20.
6. The “OK to Board” Pre-Check
This is a document which you should present before the time of boarding your flight to the UAE. This document certifies that all your documents are “OK to Board” and that there is no form of forgery involved. All “OK to Board” requests must be submitted at least 24 hours in advance to your flight.
7. Health Status
During the time of obtaining your Dubai visa, you need to go through a medical examination where you’ll be tested for infectious and viral diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV Aids by providing a chest X-ray and a blood sample. If you pass the test, your visa will be approved, and if you are found to have any viral diseases then your visa request will be denied.
Getting a Dubai tourist visa or any other type of visa has never been more simple and easy; now the inclusion of e-visa services has made the process even smoother. You can have your Dubai tourist visa or UAE tourist visa, employment visa or Dubai visa on arrival, at minimum cost and within few days of time. Our experts at Commitbiz will ensure that. We at Commitbiz can handle your entire Dubai visa process and take care of your visa requirements. If you’re planning to visit Dubai, and need visa support services, contact us today – we’d be glad to assist!
About the Author
Shahbazkhan Mokashi is a marketing and finance professional working for Commitbiz, a firm of management consultants helping entrepreneurs and firms set up their business in the UAE. He has an urge and passion to learn new things and is an acting enthusiast.