Dubai Visa on Arrival Application Process for Indian Travellers

Indian travellers holding a valid UK or European Union visa, or a US Green Card or residency permit, can now apply online for the UAE’s visa on arrival at least 14 days before their travel date. This update comes from the Dubai General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), which also allows the visa to be extended for an additional 14 days. Emirates Airlines notes that the approval of these visas is at the discretion of the GDRFA.

Required Documents for Visa Application

To apply for the visa, the following documents are necessary:

  1. Valid Passport or Travel Document: Ensure the passport or travel document has a validity of at least six months.
  2. US Green Card or Residence Visa: The visa issued by the UK, European Union, or the US Green Card must have a validity of at least six months.
  3. Passport-Size Photograph: A recent photograph with a white background.

Online Application Process

Eligible Indian travellers should follow these steps to apply for the visa online:

  1. Visit the Official GDRFA Website: Log into the official website of the GDRFA.
  2. Fill Out the Application Form: Provide the required details in the application form.
  3. Pay the Application Fee: The fee for the application is 253 dirhams.
  4. Receive Visa via Email: Once approved, the visa will be sent to the applicant via email, typically within 48 hours.

Terms and Conditions

Here are the key terms and conditions outlined by the GDRFA:

  1. The traveller must not have any restrictions preventing entry into the country.
  2. The passport or travel document must have a validity of at least six months.
  3. The US visa or Green Card must have a validity period of no less than six months.
  4. The UK or European Union residence visa must have a validity period of no less than six months.

Benefits of Advance Application

Some Indian passport holders who booked tickets with Emirates Airlines in February received their visa on arrival in advance. This single-entry visa, valid for 14 days, helps travellers avoid long queues at immigration counters. The advance application process meets the requirements of the Dubai Visa Processing Centre (DVPC) through the VFS Global facility, arranged by Emirates Airlines to streamline visa procedures.

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