Five-year multiple-entry tourist visas in the UAE: how to apply; who is eligible – News

Holders can extend their stay for an additional 90 days without leaving the country



Published: Sat 20 August 2022, 18:01

Last update: Sat 20 Aug 2022, 10:59 PM

Visitors of all nationalities can now benefit from a five-year multiple-entry tourist visa for the UAE. With the visa, tourists can enter the UAE on a self-sponsored basis multiple times and stay in the country for 90 days on each visit.

Holders can extend visas for an additional 90 days without leaving the country. The visa allows families outside the country to spend more time with loved ones in the UAE.

Immigration experts said the visa program is also crucial for companies looking to bring employees in and out of the country for meetings, conferences and other events.

Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, announced the five-year tourist visa regime in March 2021 during a Cabinet session. The first visas were issued shortly thereafter.

Sheikh Mohammed tweeted: “At a cabinet meeting I chaired, we approved a new remote working visa that allows employees around the world to live and work remotely from the UAE, even if their companies are based in another country”.

He added, “We have also approved multiple-entry tourist visas for all nationalities to enhance the UAE’s status as the economic capital of the world.”

Where can I apply for the five-year multiple entry tourist visa?

The five-year tourist visa application process is relatively simple. Applications can be made online through the website of the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security (ICP) or the portal of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs ( GDRFA).

Applicants who wish to obtain a visa inside the country can apply to accredited typing centers, such as Amer247 Immigration Services centers.

What documents are required for the visa?

  • Bank statement for the past six months proving that you have a balance of USD 4,000 or its equivalent in foreign currency
  • UAE health insurance proof
  • Photocopies of the first and last page of your passport
  • Recent passport size color photographs that you need to take on a white background
  • Visitors may also need to provide additional documents when applying for the United Arab Emirates five-year multiple entry visa, including:
  • A copy of the plane ticket
  • Proof of residency, such as an invitation letter from friends and family in the UAE
  • Hotel reservations or rental agreement.

How to apply for Dubai 5 year tourist visa?

Those wishing to apply for a five-year tourist visa from Dubai should apply through the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA) website and mobile application.

GDRFA-Dubai Smart App

  1. Download the GDRFA-Dubai app via authorized stores: Apple store/Play store
  2. Register a new user account (in case there is no registered account)
  3. Select the desired service
  4. Attach required documents
  5. Pay the fees due for the service
  6. Submit request

GDRFA website:

  1. Login to the site
  2. Register a new user account (in case there is no account)
  3. Select the desired service
  4. Attach required documents
  5. Pay the fees due for the service
  6. Submit Application

AMER Center

  1. Visit one of the AMER Service Centers
  2. Select the required service at reception
  3. Submit the required documents to the service employee
  4. Pay the fees due for the service
  5. Submit Application

To note: An SMS + an email is sent to the customer with the status of the request:

  • If parts are missing from the request, the customer is advised of the need to attach the missing parts within 30 days. If the missing documents are not attached, the GDRFA will cancel the application.
  • If there are no missing documents in the application, the GDRFA will inform the client of the approval and the authority will send the approved application by email.

How much does it cost?

According to the service card on the GDRFA website, an application for a five-year multiple entry visa costs 1500 Dh

  • A collection fee of Dh20 is added per transaction / Commercial Bank of Dubai
  • A collection commission is added: 50 Dh for companies and 15 Dh for individuals / Emaratech Company
  • If the request is submitted via AMER centers, a fee of 100 Dh will be added.

PCI Application

Applicants can use the website, service center, call center, innovative app and in-person presence to apply for the visa.

According to ICP, the five-year visa is issued to family members to obtain a multiple-entry tourist visa for a period of (five years). It allows the beneficiary to stay in the country continuously, without exceeding (90) days. It can be extended to a period not exceeding 180 days during the year.

Web/mobile portal

  1. Access the intelligent services system (digital identity or username).
  2. Find the service you want to apply for.
  3. Fill in the application data, if applicable
  4. Pay the service fee (if applicable)

Service centers

  1. Visit the nearest Customer Happiness Center
  2. Get a queue ticket and wait.
  3. Submission of the request fulfilling all the conditions and documents (if applicable) to the customer service employee
  4. Pay the service fee (if applicable)

Typing centers

  1. Visit the nearest ICP accredited typing center
  2. Submission of the application fulfilling all the conditions and documents (if any) to the employee of the typing center
  3. Pay the service fee (if applicable)

How much does it cost?

Application fee: 100 Dh

Issue fee: 100 Dh

Online service fee: Dh28

ICA fee: Dh22

Terms and conditions to remember

According to the ICA, the application will be canceled electronically after a period of (30) days if the application is returned due to missing data or failure to complete the required documents.

ICP will cancel the application if it is returned (3) times due to missing data or failure to complete required documents.

The issuance costs are only reimbursed if the Federal Authority rejects the application for identity and citizenship.

Can I extend my visa while I am still in the UAE?

The initial visa is issued with a 90-day stay in the UAE one year from the date of first entry. This can be extended once for an additional 90 days. The maximum duration of stay authorized under this visa cannot exceed 180 days per year.

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