- UAE introduces a long-term, 5-year, multiple-entry tourist visa.
- Tourists can apply online without the need for a sponsor.
- The visa allows up to 90 days per visit, extendable for an additional 90 days.
- Total cost is AED 3,775, subject to application details.
- Applicants must provide a stamped bank statement and UAE-issued health insurance valid for 180 days.
- Family visa option available for travellers with children under 18.
UAE has recently launched a new long-term tourist visa, allowing travellers to explore the country for up to five years with multiple entries. According to the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, Customs, and Ports Security (ICP), tourists can apply directly through their website or app, regardless of their location, eliminating the need for a sponsor.
The long-term visa grants visitors the privilege to stay in the UAE for up to 90 days per visit, with an option to extend for an additional 90 days. The total cost of the visa amounts to AED 3,775, which includes various charges such as visa issuing, application, smart services, and ICP and electronic services fees. However, the final cost may vary depending on the details provided in the application.
To secure the visa, applicants must submit a stamped, coloured bank statement from the past six months, showing a minimum balance of $4,000. Additionally, they should possess UAE-issued health insurance valid for 180 days. Travellers accompanied by children under 18 can also apply for a family visa.
The five-year visa allows for multiple entries, but each stay should not exceed 90 days. It is essential to note that unused days cannot be carried forward to the next visit or year, and overstaying beyond the 90-day limit may invalidate the visa.
Applicants can submit their applications through the ICP’s website, smart app, affiliated customer happiness centres, or ICP-accredited typing offices. It is crucial to ensure that all required documents are submitted accurately and that the fees are paid promptly.
If the application contains errors or is incomplete, it risks being canceled after 30 days. Applicants are advised to rectify any issues promptly to avoid permanent cancellation. Delays in resubmitting returned applications on the same day may result in daily fines. In case of rejection, only the issuance fee will be refunded.
Travellers planning to visit the UAE for an extended period can now take advantage of this convenient long-term tourist visa, making their journey hassle-free and enjoyable.