There are multiple ways to get a Dubai tourist visa. You can
process it via any reputed travel agent or apply on your own with the help of
UAE Embassy. Note, you need to get a sponsorship from a hotel or a UAE resident
to apply on your own. So, it is easy to get it from a reputed agent.
Dubai Tourist visa or Transit visa?
Tourist Visa – It is apt for the people who are coming to
Dubai for Vacation. Costs around 350 AED.
Transit Visa – You can get 48 hours transit visa for free of
charge, and you can get 96 hours transit visa for 50 AED. You cannot extend the
stay if you are on a transit visa. You have to apply for transit visa via
airline (only Emirates or Ethiad), and you have to get it before you land in
the UAE. You may think to get transit visa instead of getting a tourist visa
for a lesser fee and roam Dubai for 96 hours. There is a check. You need to
provide an onward flight ticket booking to a third destination, other than the
Dubai tourist visa for Indians – The Cheaper way.
On average it costs around AED 350. I found the MakeMyTrip
visa process to be much more comfortable and a bit cheap. It costed around 5800
Rupees inclusive tax. For budget travelers, we recommend to apply it through Makemytrip.com as it is a
little less expensive than other agents.
The option to apply visa is currently available on
MakeMyTrip mobile app only. It is not yet available on the website. You also
have options to choose the type of visa depending on the number of days. (30
days / 90 days).
Other than MakeMyTrip, you can find many agents in google
who can apply tourist visa for you. You can ask them for a bargain price
between 300 to 330 AED. Also, you can find some deals in Groupon.ae as well.
You would need to upload the soft copy of the documents as
mentioned above and fill in the Visa Application form. Once it is submitted,
MakeMyTrip visa processing team would contact you for any clarification and
forward it for approval.
Ideally, for an Indian citizen to visit Dubai, you would
require a visa and an OK TO Board issued by your airline.
Note that your passport expiry date should be more than six
months from the Date of entry in Dubai.
What happens if your passport validity date is more than
six months from the date of arrival in UAE, but the validity is lesser than six
months from the time of exit from UAE?
I got stuck in the same situation when I traveled to Dubai.
My passport expiry date is September 1st, 2019. My travel date was from
February 26 ( passport is six months valid from time of arrival) to March 3rd
(passport validity is two days lesser than six months from the date of exit
from UAE). When I applied for a visa through MakeMyTrip, the executive informed
that there is a chance that the visa may get denied. I searched many sites and
forums for an answer, but I did not get any.
Then I enquired with the airline which I am traveling and
got a confirmation that I can travel with that passport and went ahead and
applied for the visa and got it and I moved without any problem!
So, the passport should be valid for six months from the
date of entry in the UAE.
Dubai Visit Visa Processing time:
On average it takes around 2-4 days to get the visa
approved, and it will be mailed to your registered email id.
Once applied, you can email your visa to the airline to get
the OK To Board. With that, you are ready for your trip and
start packing your bag!
There are multiple ways to get tourist/visit
visa. MakeMyTrip app is the cheapest among all for Indians.
For other country residents, check for agents
online and check in Groupon.ae as well.
Transit visa won’t work if you are not going to
a 3rd destination. So, get a tourist visa if you are coming for a vacation.
Your passport validity must be more than six
months from the date of entry in the UAE.