UAE is a conglomerate of seven emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah). Dubai has transformed into a world renowned shopping hub and is visited by millions of travellers from all over the world. Most shoppers love to come here during the January Dubai Shopping Festival and the Gitex Electronics Fair that takes place twice in a year roughly in March and October every year.
Indians have always shared a special relationship with Dubai and for many this is the land of opportunities where hard work results in wealth. But this scenario has changed now and many Indians travel to UAE for tourism and shopping as well. It is for this reason that it has now become easier for Indians to get Visit Visa. Contrary to popular views, you really don’t need someone to sponsor your visa. Just read on to find out more.
Type of Visa: E- visa.
How to get a visa to UAE for Indian Passport?
2 easy ways you can apply UAE visa online
These days the easiest way to get an UAE visit visa is to book your flight tickets with one of the following Airlines. You can apply online while booking your tickets
1. Emirates Airlines offers visa services online. (Apply online visa via Emirates)
2. Air Arabia offers visa services through their airline offices in India as well as online. (Apply online visa via Air Arabia)
3. Go indigo offers visa services online. (Apply online visa via go indigo)
UAE visa through agents
The good old, hassle free way is to apply through agents. If you have friends or relatives staying in UAE they can apply for a long term i.e 90 days and short term i.e 30 days visa from any of the emirates through travel agents in UAE
These days you can also apply for the UAE visa through agents in India. But of course, this route will be more expensive as you will have to pay agent fees as well.
Cost of Visa
Cost of the visa depends on the number of days you wish to stay in UAE, the shortest being 14 days and longest being 90 day. Single entry or multiple entry visa costs differ as well.
Online Visa: INR 3700 to 6000
Through Agent in India: INR 5000 to 7000 including agent fees
Through Agent in UAE: 350 AED to 900 AED including agent fees
Visa processing time
Online: Through Airline 5 working days
Through Agent in India: 3 to 5 working days
Through Agent in UAE: 3 working days
Must Do after your UAE Visa. – ‘Ok to board’
After getting your visa you should check with the airlines whether the ‘Okay to Board’ status on your tickets is activated. You will not be allowed to board if this is not activated.
If you have booked your tickets and also got your visa from the Authorized Airline like Emirates airlines or Go indigo, then the ‘Ok to Board’ will usually be enabled. But check anyways!
If you had got your visa via a Travel Agent, then you have to contact them and provide your confirmed return ticket details and ask them activate the ‘Okay to Board’ status. A small charge is usually applicable.
Visa application time
2 week before intended date of travel
2 months from date of issue.
Documents to be submitted.
1. Application form (download).
2. 2 passport size colour photo
3. Passport validity 6 months.
4. Confirmed Return air ticket and hotel booking confirmation.
5. Previous travel record if any.
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