Dubai Visa Application Process with Emirates: Your Step-by-Step Guide

Planning a trip to Dubai soon? Whether you’re preparing for a Dubai vacation or expecting a loved one to visit during the upcoming three-day UAE long weekend, it’s crucial to sort out the visa process well in advance.

While citizens of specific countries can obtain tourist visas on arrival, if you don’t belong to one of these eligible nations, don’t worry. There are various methods to apply for a Dubai visa, and one convenient option is through Emirates in collaboration with VFS Global Services GCC.

Emirates offers a range of pre-arranged visa options, including 48-hour visas to 60-day visas, with options for single or multiple entries. Make sure to check the list of eligible countries for each visa type before initiating your application.

If you’ve already booked your flights with Emirates, the process is straightforward. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to apply for a Dubai visa online through Emirates:

  1. Log into your Emirates profile after booking your tickets.
  2. Navigate to the ‘manage your booking’ section.
  3. Scroll down until you find the ‘Apply for a UAE Visa’ option.
  4. Select the flight itinerary for which you require a UAE visa. You can apply for visas online four days or more before your travel date and up to 60 days before your trip.
  5. Provide passenger details, including passport information and your country of residence.
  6. Submit clear scans or photos of a passport-sized photograph and your passport information.
  7. Complete your application by paying the necessary fees.
  8. You should receive your visa electronically within three to four working days. You can download it as an e-visa from the Emirates website and will also receive it via email from Dubai Immigration.

It’s advisable to apply for your visa at least four international working days before your flight (but no more than 60 days in advance). Applying as early as possible is always a prudent choice. You can start your online application here.

For those who prefer to apply for a visa via Emirates in person, follow these steps:

  1. Download the prearranged visa application form here.
  2. Fill out the application form and gather the required documents.
  3. Visit your nearest visa submission venue. In Dubai, you can submit your documents at Dubai International (Terminal 3 Arrivals), Emirates Ticketing Office in Jumeirah or Deira, and VFS Global Services GCC at Wafi Mall.

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