Dubai's five-year multiple-entry visa: Essential information and application process

Dubai recently rolled out a game-changing initiative that aimed at fostering stronger ties with India and boosting tourism – five-year multiple-entry tourist visa. Here’s everything you need to know about the newly introduced visa for Indian tourists:

Visa details: This groundbreaking visa is processed swiftly, within two to five working days after the service request is accepted. It grants a 90-day stay in Dubai, which can be extended once for an additional 90 days, with a maximum total stay of 180 days per year.

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Record visitor numbers: In 2023, Dubai witnessed a surge in Indian tourists, with a staggering 2.46 million overnight visitors recorded between January and December. This marks a substantial increase from the 1.84 million tourists in 2022 and surpasses the pre-pandemic figure of 1.97 million visitors in 2019. The Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) hailed this initiative as a ‘significant’ step forward, offering tourists the flexibility of multiple entries and exits, catering to both business and leisure travel needs.

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Deepening UAE: India relations: This initiative points out Dubai’s commitment to India and the abundant opportunities for collaboration between the UAE and the subcontinent. With enhanced flight connections and a continued focus on the Indian market, Dubai aims to raise awareness of its diverse offerings, multicultural environment, and plethora of hotels and attractions, solidifying its position as the preferred destination for Indian tourists.

Tourism boost: Dubai experienced a remarkable surge in tourism in 2023, welcoming a record 17.15 million international overnight visitors throughout the year. This represents a significant 19.4% increase compared to 2022, surpassing the previous record set in 2019.

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Criteria for applying: Applicants must meet several requirements, including a bank balance of $4,000, a round-trip ticket, a valid UAE health insurance policy, and documentation of their stay in the UAE.

Dubai's five-year multiple-entry visa: Essential information and application process

Documents required: Essential documents for the application include a colored photo, a copy of the passport, a bank statement, proof of health insurance, a tour itinerary, and a ticket for the next trip.

Application process

: The visa can be obtained through digital channels such as the GDRFA website and mobile application, or in-person at a Customer Happiness Centre. Regardless of the method chosen, applicants must ensure all requirements and paperwork are in order.

Extend your stay: Holders of the visa can stay in the UAE for 90 days upon issuance, extendable once for a similar period, not exceeding 180 days in one year.

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