VISA & TRAVEL

Public health and safety are Dubai’s utmost priority, and we deploy the most stringent international standards in safeguarding all our people at all times. Dubai authorities are diligently monitoring, and continuously adapting our response protocols to align with the latest guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) so that the city can continue to successfully contain outbreak risk within our communities, for both residents and visitors.

The UAE has been extremely proactive in implementing a far-ranging series of preventative healthcare and hygiene protocols, including ramping up its hospital infrastructure and advancing testing capabilities as confirmed by its ranking as one of the world’s top country for its response to COVID-19 in terms of number of tests per million people. The daily testing average equals the four-month average in other countries.

Today’s realities have opened up infinite possibilities, to fuel new thinking and accelerate collaborative solution-building with our stakeholders. We have an opportunity to rethink, reimagine, and reshape our industry like never before, and how we choose to respond, evolve and innovate together will set us on the path to pioneer the new normal for the future of global tourism.

Dubai continues to deploy technologically integrated advanced safety controls, to prevent, monitor, detect, and ring-fence any incidences within the tourism ecosystem, coupled with stringent operational guidelines across every touchpoint from our airports, in-city transport and hotels, to restaurants, retail, and leisure and entertainment facilities. We appreciate the trust that millions from around the globe have placed in us by including Dubai in their must-visit destination list each year, and want to assure our guests of Dubai’s operational readiness and systemic resilience to ensure their well-being, when it is deemed safe for them to visit.For more information on travel advisory, please be sure to check the following sources.

  • Dubai Airport website for schedules and latest visa information
  • Your airline provider for flight status updates
  • For Emirates Airlines, please check here for travel updates or find support and guidance here
  • Please check your visa requirements under https://gdrfad.gov.ae/en/form/contact-us
  • Your country’s travel advisory for latest guidance on outbound trips

For precautionary measures to keep you and those around you safe, visit the following websites or Twitter handles

For more information about the measures that are taken in Dubai, please check the following sources:

  • Visit the Emirates News Agency’s (WAM’s) Coronavirus update page for the latest information
  • Dubai Media Office - https://www.mediaoffice.ae/en/Covid-19
  • Department of Economic Development - Instagram Dubai_DED and Twitter @Dubai_DED
  • Dubai Municipality – Instagram @dubaimunicipality and Twitter @DMunicipality

Visa on Arrival

Nationals of the following countries are eligible for a free-of-charge visa stamped on their passports upon entry into Dubai International Airport:

  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Qatar
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Vatican

Visa Application Prior to Arrival

All other nationalities not mentioned above are required to pre-arrange a visa to enter the United Arab Emirates. Visa requirements can change with little or no notice so travellers are advised to please double-check foreign entry requirements by contacting the local embassy or consulate for your destination country.

Visa Application Procedure

Please provide your complete passport details as per the attached form and attach a clear copy of the first 3 pages of your passport and a scanned coloured, passport-sized photograph (white background). Send this information by email to espc@mci-group.com.

If more than one person is travelling on one passport (such as a parent and children under 12 years of age), please clearly specify on the form under "Special Request", providing the name of the child and date of birth. (Visa will be charged only per passport for the parent only).

Once the visa is approved, an electronic copy will be emailed to you and a printed copy of the same has to be submitted by you to the immigration upon your arrival.

Special Notes

  • The passport should be valid for 6 (six) months or more prior to the date of travel.
  • Visa is valid for a single entry only.
  • Visa will only be issued 3 - 7 days prior to your arrival and emailed to you.
  • Acknowledgement of receipt of the visa copy is mandatory.
  • Working days in UAE are from Sunday to Thursday. (Friday / Saturday are the weekends).
  • All relevant visa documents are required to be sent to MCI on or before 14 June 2021 to ensure a smooth processing of the Visa.
  • Visa fees are payable in full in advance and if not approved by immigration authorities, the amount is non-refundable.
  • All visas are valid for arrival and departure at Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Sharjah airports.
  • Visa application will only be accepted if hotel accommodation is booked through the Conference Secretariat, MCI Middle East LLC.
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