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New UAE visa rules you need to know

The UAE Visa rules have changed, if you’re planning to visit the UAE or work in the country soon, here are the new visa rules.

These rules have been announced by the Federal Authority of Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Ports Security (ICP), and cover both Dubai visas and UAE visas.

This article will cover what visitors to the country need to know about obtaining their visa before travel.

 

Changes to work visas

The Federal Authority of Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Ports Security (ICP) announced new visa rules for those planning to work in the country. These rules also apply to people who want to travel to the UAE for leisure purposes. The changes will require that expats register their visas with police within five days of entry into the country.

The Federal Authority of Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Ports Security (ICP) announced new visa rules for those planning to work in the country or travel to the UAE for leisure purposes. The changes will require that expats register their visas with police within five days of entry into the country. This registration is required before they can change jobs or residences within the UAE.

 

Changes to tourist visas

Tourist visas for the UAE have been simplified, as applicants no longer need a letter of invitation from an employer or sponsor. The new tourist visa is valid for 30 days and can be extended for a further 30 days. This can be done by contacting immigration authorities before the expiration date. Extensions are available up to six months.

People with dual nationality will not need to renounce their non-UAE citizenship in order to apply for residency in the country. Citizens of any country can now travel freely into the UAE without a visa. Provided they have an international passport valid for at least six months from the date of entry.

 

Other important changes to note

There are also some other pretty important changes to note. These might apply to you if you are thinking of relocating to the UAE:

  • The visa fee for citizens of Europe, the United States, and GCC countries has increased from: AED 500 to AED 1,000
  • A tourist visa is no longer valid for citizens of Europe, the United States, and GCC countries more than 30 days after entry. The visitor must then apply for a work or residency visa at one of the country’s Department of Immigration centres
  • Tourists can now enter the UAE with an e-visa via travel agencies and airline websites if they are citizens of Saudi Arabia or Turkey

If you are unsure why not speak to an expert at RHJ Law.

 

Speak to an expert

Even if you’re not planning on applying for a work visa, you may still be affected by the rules. That’s why it’s best to understand what they are.

For starters, the new system will now require applicants to provide more details about their travel plans and why they want to visit the UAE. This is in addition to providing information on all of their children under 18 who will be traveling with them. Applications must now also include a copy of their original passport along with any other travel documents that list their nationality.

If you need legal advice or assistance, be sure to contact the experts at RHJ Law. We’re able to guide you through what you need to know before moving abroad.

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