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Multiple Entry Tourist Visa 2021 – Changing Visa Rules in UAE

The UAE Government has updated a few Visa Regulations for Expats. The changes aim at the happiness of the expatriates living in the UAE.  Also, to enable ex-pats to enjoy their time in the UAE with a peaceful mind. Here are the latest updates to have a check on while traveling to UAE for tourism, employment, transit, etc.

Multiple Entry Tourist Visa 

Visitors can apply for a 5-Year Multiple Entry Tourist Visa in UAE. The issuing authority for the visits visa is the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA).

The 5-Year Visa enables the tourists to enter multiple times on self-sponsorship and remain in the country for 90 days on each visit. Hence, it is a great option for off-shore employees working on projects in the UAE. Also, at the same time, they can experience the lifestyle of Dubai for a longer duration.

The multi-national companies have already started issuing five-year tourist visas for employees allowing them to stay in the country for 90 days. It is also a great opportunity for the ex-pats to bring their relatives to Dubai and spend more time here with the family.

Steps to Apply for the Five-Year Multiple Entry Tourist Visa

Dubai Residents can apply for the Five-Year Multiple Entry Tourist Visa through GDRFA  and for residents in other Emirates, the application must go through ICA Website.

Applying for Multiple-Year Tourist Visa for Employees in Dubai

Companies in Dubai can apply for Multi-Year Tourist Visa for employees by visiting the

Submit the following details for obtaining the tourist visa for the employees.

  • Dubai Immigration Establishment Number of the parent company in UAE
  • Company Name
  • Company History (No. of Years in Business) 
  • Office Headquarter Location
  • Company Website
  • Company Phone Number
  • Branches Location
  • Supplier Details and location
  • Number of company services offered in Dubai
  • Number of employees in Dubai
  • Average Annual Revenue
  • Number of board members
  • Company PRO/ Representative details (Full Name, Email, Phone Number)

The verification of the documents will take 1-3 working days. The company will receive the confirmation email with steps to submit the individual visa application.

Applying for Tourist Visa for Family – Dubai & Rest of UAE

Submit the application for a tourist visa directly to the ICA website. For Dubai Residents, submit the application through GDRFA. similarly, in other Emirates (Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Fujairah, Ras-Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain) the submit the application through the ICA website.

Steps to Apply Using ICA Website

  • Fill in the application form with name, address inside the UAE, permanent address, etc.
  • Upload the photographs, passport copy, medical insurance, bank statement for last six months.
  • Applicant must have a balance of USD 4,000 or equivalent foreign currencies in the last six months.
  • Review the application and make the fee payment
  • Receive the visa by email upon verification

Change in the Sponsorship Criteria for Residency Visa of Dependents

The most recent rule change by the Federal Authority for Identity and Emiratisation (FAIE) is Significant.  Any ex-pat earning Dh 4000 and having accommodation can sponsor their family in the UAE. Also, ex-pats with a salary of Dh 3000 with company-provided accommodation can sponsor their family in the UAE.

Professional Titles have no impact to sponsor dependents with the new family sponsorship policy. Furthermore, the new rules aims at improving the work-life balance of the ex-pat. It will also help in uniting them with their family and spending more time with their loved ones.

Dependent Sons with 18+ Years will get Residency Visa

UAE residents can renew the residency visas for up to two consecutive years of their 18-year-old dependent sons. Irrespective of whether they are secondary school or university graduates. 

The residence permit, therefore, will be valid for a year and renewable for an additional year. There is no deposit of 5000 AED to apply for the residency visa.

This move is also to increase the possibility of dependent sons continuing their education in the UAE. Eventually reducing the scope of children moving out for higher studies.


Residents can submit the supporting documents to the authorities. It will include the certificate of secondary education/graduation certificate or the information from the university where the dependent is studying.

Additionally, the document must be duly certified and attested as per requirements in the UAE.

Where to Apply?

Applicants can apply normally through all the residency and naturalization offices for a nominal fee. Also, it is renewable for one more additional year.

Tourist Visa Fees waived off for dependents under 18 years

In another announcement by The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, tourists from all over the world will get free visit visas for their accompanying children below the age of 18 until September 2019.

Furthermore, UAE has a 14-day express tourist visa package. There is also a 30-day multi-entry tourist visa to promote travel to the UAE from within GCC and neighboring countries.

Transit Passengers exempted from all entry fees for the first 48 hours

For transit passengers, all entry fees for the first 48 hours are exempted. Thus, the transit visa can be extended for up to 96 hours for a nominal fee. Additionally, the express counter at the passport-control hall across UAE airports will facilitate the obtaining of a transit visa.

Visa for Overstayed Job Seekers

The Cabinet had adopted a decision to grant people overstaying with their visa a chance to leave the country voluntarily without a “no entry” passport stamp.

Also, a new 6-month visa is introduced for job seekers who overstayed their visa but wish to work in the country.

The temporary visa enhances the possibilities for more fresh talent flowing to UAE and position UAE as a land of opportunities.

Visa for Divorcees, Widows

One-year visa extension will be provided to the Divorcees, Widows and their children and they won’t need a sponsor to apply for the visa. It is aimed to give women the opportunity to adjust their social and economic status after the loss of the head of the family.

For all latest updates on the Visa Regulations refer to the Official Portal of the UAE Government.

To learn more on the long term visa criteria and requirements read our blog: 3 Things to Know about the Long-term Visa announcement in the UAE

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