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United Arab Emirates | Change in Visa on Arrival Procedure for Indian Nationals
Friday, June 14, 2024

Indian nationals are now required to apply for a pre-approved entry permit to obtain a visa on arrival in the United Arab Emirates.

Key Points:

  • Indian nationals who hold valid status in the U.S., U.K. or EU are required to apply for a pre-approved entry permit to be granted a visitor entry visa upon arrival. This status is valid for a period of 14 days and can be extended for a similar period for one time only. Previously, a visa on arrival could be obtained without advance visa arrangements.
  • To be eligible, applicants must possess an Indian passport and either: a U.S. visit visa, U.S. green card, U.K. residence visa or an EU residence visa valid for a minimum of six months. Passengers must have a printed e-visa confirmation — applications can be completed here.

BAL Analysis: Indian nationals are advised to apply for a pre-approved entry permit before travel to the UAE. Passports and other documents accepted for entry must be valid for a minimum of six months from the arrival date. The issuance of the visa on arrival is at the discretion of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs.

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