The UAE’s five-year multiple-entry tourist visa is hugely popular among people in the Indian subcontinent. The new visa, launched in October last year, lets a visitor stay up to 90 days per visit, provided the cumulative stays don’t exceed 180 days in a year. And, to top it all, this visa doesn’t require any sponsors.
This multiple-entry visa is beneficial, especially for travellers from India, as Dubai has seen a huge rise in tourists from the country. So, if you, too, are thinking of flying to this Middle Eastern country, then let us help you with all the information you need regarding this visa.
How to apply for the multiple-entry visa to the UAE
The five-year tourist visa is a great option for those who travel there often and for those who have family there. It allows a visitor to enter the country multiple times over five years.
The applicants travelling to any emirate other than Dubai can apply on Federal Authorities for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security ICP website. If Dubai is your destination, then the application process has to be initiated through the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs GDRFA website.
Another option is visiting accredited application centres within the country, where the tourists can apply for a long-term visa and be able to visit the UAE.
The applicants must produce the following documents necessary to obtain the visa:
- A personal photo
- A passport copy (it should be valid for at least six months),
- Six months bank statement. The travellers must have a minimum bank balance of USD 4,000 (AED 14,688 or INR 3,27,206), or its equivalent in other currencies, over six months before the application is submitted.
- Health insurance details (it should be valid in the UAE)
- A round-trip ticket.
As per information on the ICP website, here is the breakup of the cost of the visa for UAE:
Request fee: AED 100 (INR 2,227)
Issue fee: AED 500 (INR 11,132)
Security deposit: AED 3,025 (INR 67,349)
E-service fee: AED 28 (INR 623)
ICP fee: AED 22 (INR 490)
Smart Services Fee: AED 100 (INR 2,227)
For Dubai (as mentioned on the GDRFA portal):
30-day visit visa fee: AED 300 (INR 6,679)
60-day visit visa fee: AED 500 (INR 11,132)
90-day visitor visa fee: AED 700 (INR 6,680)
Plus VAT (5 per cent).
Guarantee amount: AED 2000 (INR 44,526)
Warranty service fee: AED 20 (INR 445)
Fee for collection and return of the guarantee: AED 40 (INR 890)
Securing a 30-day visitor visa: AED 40 (INR 890)
Securing a 60-day visitor visa: AED 60 (INR 1,336)
Securing a 90-day visitor visa: AED 90 (INR 2,004)
Additional fees (if the sponsored person is inside the country):
Knowledge dirham: AED 10 (INR 223)
Innovation dirham: AED 10 (INR 223)
Fee inside the country: AED 500 (INR 11,132)
It is to be noted that the total fee could vary for an applicant depending upon the details that have been entered.
Dubai, as a tourist destination, has been seeing a lot of visitors, especially from India, ever since the pandemic-based restrictions were relaxed. The Dubai Expo 2020 added a new burst of travellers to the country, and the UAE has also been coming up with ways to boost the influx of travellers and cater to all their needs and demands. This includes (but is not limited to) the development of YAS Island in Abu Dhabi, bringing in more visitors to destinations such as Ras Al Khaimah and Sharjah and other similar projects.
(All currency conversions were done at the time of writing)
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