The 5-year multi-entry tourist visa can be applied through the ICP website or app.


UAE’s 5-year tourist visa: all you need to know

Since it was rolled out in 2022, the UAE’s 5-year multi-entry tourist visa has become a popular option for tourists, investors or talents who want to visit the country.

How is it different from a regular tourist visa? First, it doesn’t require a sponsor. Second, it has a longer validity. The visa is valid for five years and allows the holder to enter the UAE multiple times within this period.

Here’s what you need to know

How long can you stay in the UAE using the 5-year tourist visa?

You can stay in the UAE for up to 90 days per year, within the five years of the visa’s validity.

Can I extend the visa validity?

Yes. You can extend the visa validity for a further 90 days, which allows you to stay in the UAE for a maximum of 180 days per year.

Do you need a sponsor to get this visa?

No. You don’t need a sponsor or guarantor to get the 5-year tourist visa.

Who can get the visa?

Anyone from any nationality can get the visa, provided they meet the criteria.

Can minors apply for tourist visa?

Children under the age of 18 can get a free tourist visa if they are accompanied by adults on their visit between July 15 to September 15 each year. Females below the age of 18 are not eligible to apply for this type of visa unless they are travelling with their parents.

What are the criteria to get the visa?

You must have a savings of at least $4,000 in your bank account, or its equivalent in foreign currencies in the last six months. You also need a health insurance valid in the UAE, a return ticket, a passport valid for at least six months and proof of accommodation in the UAE.

What documents are required?

Applicants must submit a colored photo,passport copy, medical insurance, bank statement, tour programme and their airline ticket.

Where can I apply for the 5-year tourist visa?

You can submit your application through the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security website or app. Click here

Where else can I apply for a tourist visa?

You can contact your airline to arrange for a tourist visa. Licensed travel agencies and hotels in the UAE can also arrange for a tourist visa.

What happens after my application?

If your application is approved, your visa will be sent to your email address. Incomplete applications will be rejected. If your application needs further action, you need to address it within 30 days otherwise your application will become invalid. Faulty applications which are returned three times by the authorities also could be considered rejected.

ICA/Expat Media | Source: Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security

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