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dubai travel tips: how to obtain a visit visa
Dubai is a luxury paradise which is fast becoming a mecca for millions of tourists. In order to welcome them and service their needs, the government has ensured that getting a UAE visit visa for leisure travel purposes is easy and you simply need to make sure that all your requirements are at hand when applying.
The regulations applying to visit visas are dependent on the nationality your hold. It is not necessary for citizens of the Golf Cooperation Council to have a visa, and passport holders of thirty-three other countries (see list below) can easily get a visa at the airport. You will need to show your return travel ticket, details of where you are staying: such as in a hotel, rented apartment, or at the home of a friend; your travel insurance, and comprehensive medical insurance that can be used in the event of your needing a doctor or hospital treatment.
A tourist visa is valid for a period of 30 days, and is renewable only once. It is available to the majority of nationalities, and if you do not fall into that category, then your visa can be easily be sponsored.
All 28 EU member states, Austria, Australia, Andorra, Brunei, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Hong Kong, Iceland, Southern Ireland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Latvia, Malaysia, Norway, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, San Marino, Switzerland, America, and citizens of the Vatican.
Visit visas are valid for a period of 30 days (short term visit visa) or 90 days (long term visit visa). Both visas are non-renewable.
Nationalities not in this list can go online to the UAE visa website to get a 30 day tourist visa sponsored by a local entity, such as a hotel or tour operator registered in the UAE. It could also be a friend. The sponsor will have to give you a copy of their passport and a copy of an official certificate stating their salary or business income. If they are a member of your family, proof of this must be submitted. This form of visa must be obtained prior to entry into Dubai.
As regulations change periodically, it is highly recommended that your consult your nearest UAE embassy prior to travelling.
Happy holidays in this incredibly beautiful luxurious country which is often the subject of BBC documentaries. It houses a treasure trove of entertainment and spectacular sites just waiting for you to enjoy!