UAE 5-Year Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa | Fees, Eligibility, how to apply: all details here

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UAE 5-Year Multiple-Entry Visa

The United Arab Emirates is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Western Asia. The country has initiated numerous initiatives to promote the region’s travel and tourism industry. The new 5-year multiple-entry tourist visas are one such initiative the UAE has launched to draw more tourists to the Emirates.

In this article, we cover everything you need to know about the UAE’s Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa, including the Application Process, Fees, and Processing Time.

UAE 5-Year Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa

The UAE’s 5-year multiple-entry tourist visa is an excellent option that allows travelers to enter the country multiple times on self-sponsorship over a 5-year period. Not just tourists, the new multi-entry visa is also helpful for companies that want to bring employees in and out of the country for meetings, conferences, and other events.

During a Cabinet meeting in March 2021, Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, announced the five-year tourist visa scheme. Soon after, the first visas were issued.

He went on to say, “We also approved multiple-entry tourist visas for all nationalities in order to strengthen the UAE’s status as a global economic capital.”

Eligibility And Duration of Stay

All nationalities are now eligible for a five-year, multiple-entry tourist visa to the UAE. Tourists can enter the UAE multiple times on self-sponsorship and stay for 90 days on each visit with a visa. However, they can extend their stay for another 90 days without leaving the country.

Notably, the five-year multiple-entry tourist e-visa is only valid for 60 months from the date of issue, the applicant must visit the UAE within 60 days to validate the e-visa.

Documents Required For UAE 5-year Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa

You can apply for a UAE visa directly on the ICA or GDRFA websites. While filling out all required fields, you must ensure that the information you provide in your visa application is correct.

For example, you do not need to show proof of flight tickets or hotel reservations for this type of UAE visa. However, you must provide certain travel documents when applying for a visa. These travel documents will be required for your application.

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The following are the few requirements established by the UAE Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship to apply for a 5-year multiple entry tourist visa to the UAE:

  • Bank statement for the previous six months demonstrating a balance of USD 4,000 or its equivalent in foreign currencies.
  • Proof of UAE Health Insurance.
  • Copies of your passport’s front and last ages.
  • Recent color passport-sized photographs against a white background.

It is worth noting that in some cases applicants may also be required to provide additional documents when applying for a UAE five-year multiple entry visa, such as:

  • Copy of the flight ticket.
  • Proof of residence, like an invitation letter from friends and family in the UAE.
  • Hotel bookings or lease agreements.

How to Apply For a 5-year Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa?

The application process for a five-year tourist visa is fairly simple. Online applications are accepted through the Federal Authorities for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security (ICP) website or the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA) portal, Dubai Smart Application, or by using the Amer247 Immigration Services.

Apply Through GDRFA Website:

  1. Log in to the website (gdrfad.gov.ae)
  2. Register a new user account (in case there is no account)
  3. Select the required service
  4. Attach the required documents
  5. Pay the fees due for the service
  6. Submit the application

Apply Through GDRFA-Dubai Smart Mobile Application:

  1. Download the GDRFA-Dubai application through the authorized stores: Apple store/Play store
  2. Register a new user account (in case there is no account registered)
  3. Select the required service
  4. Attach the required documents
  5. Pay the fees due for the service
  6. Submit the request

Apply Through AMER Center:

  1. Head to one of AMER service centers
  2. Select the required service at the receptionist
  3. Submit the required documents to the service employee
  4. Pay the fees due for the service
  5. Submit the application

Important:

If any documents are missing from the application, the customer is notified and given 30 days to attach the missing documents. GDRFA will cancel the application if the missing documents are not attached.

If no missing documents are found in the application, GDRFA will notify the customer of the approval, and the authority will email the approved application to the customer.

GDFRA Visa Fee

According to the details available on the official website of the GDRFA, an application for a five-year multiple-entry tourist visa will cost you AED1500 or around PKR90,000 or ₹32,650.

  • A collection commission of Dh20 is added per transaction / Commercial Bank of Dubai
  • A collection commission is added: Dh50 for companies and Dh15 for individuals/Emaratech Company.
  • If the application is submitted through AMER Centers, a fee of Dh100 will be added.

From ICP

To apply for a Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa, applicants can also use the ICP’s official website, service center, call center, innovative application, and in-person attendance.

According to ICP, a five-year visa is issued to family members in order for them to obtain a multi-entry tourist visa for a period of five years (five years). It allows the beneficiary to stay in the country indefinitely, up to (90) days. It can be extended to a maximum of 180 days during the year.

Apply Through ICP Website/Mobile App

  1. Access the smart services system (digital identity or username).
  2. Search for the service you want to apply for.
  3. Fill in the application data, where applicable
  4. Pay the service fee (if any)

Apply Through Service Centres

  1. Visit the nearest Customer Happiness Centre
  2. Get a queue ticket and wait.
  3. Submission of the application fulfilling all conditions and documents (if any) to the customer service employee
  4. Pay the service fee (if any)

Apply Through Typing Centres

  1. Visit the nearest Typing Center accredited by ICP
  2. Submission of the application fulfilling all conditions and documents (if any) to the typing center employee
  3. Pay the service fee (if any)

ICP Visa Fee

When you apply for a Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa through the ICP, you must pay the visa application fees listed below.

  • Request fees: AED100
  • Issue fees: AED100
  • E-service fees: AED28
  • ICA fees: AED22

The application will be canceled electronically after thirty (30) days if it is returned due to missing data or non-completion of the required documents, according to the ICA.

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If the application is returned three times due to missing data or non-completion of the required documents, ICP will cancel it.

Issuance fees are refunded only if the application for Identity and Citizenship is rejected by the Federal Authority.

Visa Processing Time

With the UAE receiving an average of 2,000 tourist visa applications per day, the visa processing time is approximately 5 – 6 business days. If you applied through the ICA portal, however, you can track your visa status online by entering your request number and email address (used while registering).

Also, keep in mind that processing times can vary depending on the individual application and a variety of other factors.