How to stay in the UAE for more than 90 days

How to stay in the UAE for more than 90 days

Residents of the UK and some other countries like Australia, the United States of America, Canada, and Japan are allowed to stay in the United Arab Emirates without a pre-arranged or residence visa for no longer than 30 days a year. While the residents of most European countries are allowed to stay in the UAE without a pre-arranged visa for 90 days. What’s more, at the airport their passports are even stamped with a 90-day visit visa free of charge.

But besides all of this, what do you need to do if you want to stay in the UAE for more than 30 or 90 days? How does one go about applying to stay in the UAE for more than 90 days? What exactly is the process?


Types of entry permits in the UAE

The visa process between the UAE and other countries is quite straightforward. Currently, there are eight types of permits that one can choose from depending on the reason for one’s stay in the country. Below is a comprehensive list of all the different types of visas available in the UAE.

  1. Visa on arrival. One of the most common types of entry permits to the United Arab Emirates. It does not need to be specifically applied for. It is sufficient to present your passport at the border control point. The stamped permit allows for a stay of 30 to 90 days in the UAE. Citizens of over 80 countries are eligible for this visa.
  2. Transit visa. Required for individuals who cannot obtain a visa on arrival and do not fall under the rules of visa-free entry (applicable to citizens of Gulf Cooperation Council countries). If the layover on the territory of the United Arab Emirates during a flight to another country is longer than one day, a transit visa valid for 48 or 96 hours needs to be obtained.
  3. Tourist visa. Also required for those who cannot get a visa on arrival or enter without a visa. In this case, a copy of the passport, valid medical insurance in the UAE, a tour programme, the address of the hotel or another place of stay in the Emirates, a return ticket, and a bank statement for the last 6 months with a balance of at least $4,000 are required. Citizens of CIS countries, Europe, North America, and many other states do not need to obtain this type of Arabian visa.
  4. Work visa. Necessary for official employment in the UAE. The employee provides a copy of the passport and a job invitation. All documents for obtaining a work visa for the prospective employee are collected by the employer. Such a visa is usually valid for a period of 2 years.
  5. Residence visa, or residency in the UAE. Issued for a period of 2 to 10 years depending on the basis. For example, purchasing real estate in the UAE in a freehold area in Dubai for at least AED 750,000 ($204,000) entitles one to apply for a 2-year residence visa. A visa for 5 years is issued for real estate investments starting from AED 2 million ($545,000).

The visa obtained upon arrival at the airports of the United Arab Emirates allows one to stay in the country for a maximum of 90 days. A 30-day visa can be extended once for another 30 days. A 90-day visa cannot be extended, and staying in the country beyond this period is only allowed with a residence visa.

At the airport, an immigration officer may ask where you will be staying and may request proof of a hotel reservation. Additionally, they have the right to ask for your medical insurance.

To cross the UAE border today, the following documents are required:

  • Passport valid for at least 6 months;
  • Medical insurance.

A COVID-19 vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test result is no longer required.

How to stay in the UAE for more than 90 days

How to prolong a 30-day visa in the UAE

How can you extend your stay in the UAE for more than 30 days?

To legally stay in the United Arab Emirates for longer than 30 days, you need to extend your visa on arrival. You are given a 10-day grace period for extension. Also, please be aware that you can only legally extend the period of your stay in the country by a maximum of 30 days.

Moreover, to increase your stay in the UAE, you need to contact the migration service, where you will be asked to fill out an application. In this application, you need to indicate the personal number of your current visa and the extended duration period that you’re requesting. Note that this was already mentioned above. It cannot be for longer than 30 days.

After this, you need to pay the visa fee of AED 600 ($160).

Alternatively, if you do not extend your visa for your stay in the country, you will be fined in accordance with the following procedure. If the person stays in the UAE beyond the allowed period, a fine of AED 50 ($14) will be imposed for each day of visa overstay.

For those who are planning to stay in the Emirates for more than three months (90 days), you need to make sure that you apply for a visa before you arrive in the country.

Furthermore, if you applied for a visa but did not enter the United Arab Emirates during your visa period, you may be denied a visa the next time you apply.

How to stay in the UAE for more than 90 days

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