Travelling to UAE? Check if Your Passport is Eligible for Visa on Arrival

The UAE has announced the latest visa on arrival rules and regulations for over 70 nationalities. GCC citizens don't require a visa and can produce their GCC country passport or national ID card.
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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is setting ambitious tourism targets to attract $123 billion and 40 million hotel guests annually to its economy by 2031. To achieve this, the UAE government is introducing wide-ranging visa reforms for residents and changes to tourism and transit visas for travellers coming to the country.

Last week, the official UAE Digital Government provided an update on visa-on-arrival availability for more than 70 nationalities coming to the UAE.

UAE Visa on Arrival Requirements

Some nationalities, according to the UAE Digital Government, can obtain a visa on arrival in the UAE, while others must apply for a visa in advance. GCC citizens do not require a visa to enter the UAE; instead, they must present their GCC country passport or national ID card upon entry.

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A visa on arrival is available to citizens of certain countries who have an original passport with at least six months remaining before the date of expiry and a round-trip airline ticket or confirmed ticket to another destination.

The visa on arrival is offered in 30 and 90-day categories depending on the country passport, with Mexican passport holders offered a visa on arrival valid for 180 days.

List of Eligible Countries for Visa on Arrival

30-Day Visa on Arrival

As per the UAE’s government’s official website citizens of the following 20 do not require advance visa arrangements to enter the UAE and can obtain a visa upon arrival for 30 days with a 10-day grace period for an extension.

S. No.Country
1Andorra
2Australia
3Brunei
4Canada
5China
6Hong Kong, China
7Japan
8Kazakhstan
9Macau, China
10Malaysia
11Mauritius
12Monaco
13New Zealand
14Republic of Ireland
15San Marino
16Singapore
17Ukraine
18United Kingdom and Northern Ireland
19United States of America
20Vatican City

90-Day Visa on Arrival

Citizens of the following countries do not require advance visa arrangements to enter the UAE and can obtain a visa upon arrival for 90 days:

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S. No.Country
1Argentina
2Austria
3Bahamas
4Barbados
5Belarus
6Belgium
7Brazil
8Bulgaria
9Chile
10Colombia
11Costa Rica
12Croatia
13Cyprus
14Czech Republic
15Denmark
16El Salvador
17Estonia
18Finland
19France
20Georgia
21Germany
22Greece
23Honduras
24Hong Kong
25Hungary
26Iceland
27Israel
28Italy
29Kiribati
30Latvia
31Liechtenstein
32Lithuania
33Luxembourg
34Maldives
35Malta
36Montenegro
37Nauru
38Netherlands
39Norway
40Paraguay
41Peru
42Poland
43Portugal
44Romania
45Russian Federation
46St. Vincent and the Grenadines
47Serbia
48Seychelles
49Slovakia
50Slovenia
51Solomon Islands
52South Korea
53Spain
54Sweden
55Switzerland
56Vatican City
57Ukraine
58Uruguay

180-Day Visa on Arrival

The 180-day visa on arrival is available for Mexican passport holders only.

Visa on Arrival For Indian Citizens

Select Indian citizens are also able to receive a visa on arrival if they hold a valid passport and one of the following:

  • Visit visa issued by the USA
  • Green card issued by the USA
  • Residence visa issued by the UK, or
  • Residence visa issued by the EU

Important Reminders

The UAE government advises passengers to check availability before travelling because the list of eligible countries for visas on arrival changes from time to time.

Furthermore, working for pay while on a visit or tourist visa in the UAE is prohibited. A person cannot work in the country without a work permit and an employment visa, according to the country’s labour and residency laws.

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It is important to note that passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into the UAE. Lists of countries eligible for visas on arrival may vary from time to time; therefore, please check with the UAE embassy in your country before travelling to the UAE.


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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Travelobiz.com, he's passionate about writing.

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