BRITS looking for places to go to escape often place Dubai at the top of the list.
But it is important to know beforehand whether you will need a visa to go there. Find out all you need to know about visas for Dubai here.
Do I need a visa to travel to Dubai?
A visa is an official document allowing the traveller to enter a particular country.
You normally need to apply for one before arriving there.
The good news is that as a British passport holder you will not need to apply for a visa in advance of travelling to Dubai.
On arrival, you will be granted a tourist visa for free and this will be through a stamp on your passport.
You will however need to prove you have had the Covid-19 vaccine with a QR code dated within 30 days of departure.
Who can enter Dubai without a visa?
As Dubai is a key tourist hub, they are keen to have many visitors from all over the world to arrive and appreciate all it has to offer.
As such, passport holders of the following countries can stay for a 30-day visa-free visit on entry:
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Republic of Ireland
- San Marino
- United Kingdom and Northern Ireland
- United States of America
- Vatican City
Do I need a visa for a short trip to Dubai?
Dubai has a range of visa options depending on the nature of travel.
If you are a passport-holder of a country that isn't on the list above, you will need to get a visa – even if it's just for a short trip.
For those in Dubai only for a short period, a transit visa is available.
This is for a very short stay not exceeding 96 hours.
There is a 14 day visa if you are planning to come for a short period of time, such as a conference or a holiday.
There is also a 30 day visa which is ideal for going to catch up with friends and family.
For a medium term under two month stay, a 60 day visa is recommended.
For a long term visit, the 90 day visa would be your best option.
All of these visa types have a single entry and multiple entry option allowing you to explore other countries and being able to return without paying again (except the transit visa which is single entry only).
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When applying for a visa, a clear copy of your passport will be required as well as a clear front-facing photograph.
The passport must have six months validity remaining and it should take 24 to 72 working hours to process.
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