Some major changes have been made to visas in the UAE in 2022, and this includes the visa granted on arrival for many tourists coming to the country.
Previously the visa on arrival granted was for 30 days only, but this has been extended to 60 days. This change will be implemented from today, October 3, 2022.
Per the UAE Government Media Office, “Major improvements include facilitating the entry requirements for all visa types, offering flexible visa durations that meet the needs of the visitors and the purpose of the visit.”
The reason for the visa revamp
So, why exactly has the UAE’s original 30-day entry visa been extended to 60 days?
Per the announcement outlining the details of the new visa, it’s to allow visitors to explore the job markets in the UAE and understand various aspects including quality of life and experience an extended vacation in the country.
For those making a move to Dubai, this visa will allow them a longer time frame to arrange for their work or residency visa.
What are the requirements?
The new Entry and Residence Scheme offers 10 types of entry visas with simplified requirements and more benefits. New visas require no host or sponsor, offer more flexibility, multi entry, 60 days validity and one unified platform to apply at pic.twitter.com/0PsCJYaoyR
— UAEGOV (@UAEmediaoffice) April 18, 2022
There are no pre-requisite requirements for the 60-day visa. However, not all countries are able to avail the visa on arrival, in which case it must be applied for in advance via a travel agency.
There is also the new five-year multi-entry tourist visa which was recently launched. For visitors who wish to apply, proof of funds of $4,000 (Dhs14,692) during the last six months is required prior to submitting the application form.
Just like the 30-day entry visa, there will be a nine-day grace period for the new entry visa. Penalties will begin after this with a fine of Dhs200 on the first day of overstay and Dhs100 per day for every day of the overstay.
Is an extension possible?
All the entry visas are available for single or multiple entries and can be renewed for another 60 days from their first date of issuance.
All of these changes will come into effect from September 2022.
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