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United Arab Emirates


Planning a trip for yourself to the country of UAE can be a piece of cake for any of you. For any tourists who’d like to visit UAE can go through this guide and make it much easier.

There are nearly four types of visas you can apply in order to enter UAE
Tourist visa (Single entry or multiple entries):

Validity: 60 days for a long-term visa and 30 days for a short-term visa from the visa date of issue.

Duration: 30 days short term visa/90 days long-term visa.

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Visit visa (Single entry or multiple entries):

Validity: 60 days from the date of issuance.

Duration: 30 days short term visa/90 days long-term visa.

Transit visa:

Validity: 14 days from the date of issuance.

Duration: 96 Hours.


  • The validity of the entry includes the date of issuance of the visa.
  • The total duration of stay includes the entry and the departure days as well.
  • Most of the UAE visas are non-extendable.
  • The visa fee is non-refundable.
  • It takes about 3-4 working days (excluding weekends and public holidays) for the approval of the visa.
  • Only normal passport holders can apply for this visa.

If you require to stay in the country for a short period of time during a short stopover and want to explore UAE but have no UAE sponsor or guarantor, then you can apply for a UAE transit visa.

If you’re at the airport for a period of 4 hours or lesser than that then you cannot apply for a UAE transit visa.

So, how does the transit visa work?

Transit visa is more likely a Special Entry visa that is permitted to any passenger traveling to Dubai with a stopover at any of the UAE airports for at least a minimum of 8 hours. The visa is valid for a period of 14 days and is non-extendable.

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The Documents you require:

  • A clear and six months valid passport copy of the passenger traveling
  • Scanned and clear photograph of each passenger traveling.
  • Visa fee of AED 300.
  • An online visa application form.
  • Confirmed air tickets to the 3rd destination from UAE.
  • Confirmed hotel reservations.

The airline you’re traveling with should be the one arranging for your Transit visa prior to your travel to Dubai. However, if your airline is not providing you with a Transit visa, you can apply it via the Marhaba services in the UAE. Since the transit visa is an online or e-visa issued, you need not be physically present for that. Just the right documents would work!

What could you do with your transit visa?

Since your transit visa is issued for 4 days, you can indulge in many activities within the country of UAE.

  1. Dubai or Abu Dhabi City Tour that takes you across some of the finest locations in the country. Unarguably, the UAE has some architectural treasures that one must explore.
  2. Visit some of the theme parks or water parks in the UAE for some crazy and wild fun.
  3. The must do – Dubai Desert Safari and Dhow Cruising.
  4. What’s life without shopping? Incomplete. Be it the traditional old souks or the massive shopping malls; UAE has got them all.




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