Eligibility and Application Process for UAE's 5-Year Multip

In 2021, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) initiated the issuance of five-year multiple-entry visas, granting tourists increased flexibility when traveling to the Emirates ,Starting from March, families planning to visit the UAE can now apply for the five-year multiple-entry visa collectively as a group ,Previously, each member of the family had to apply individually, presenting identical sets of documents for each person.

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Who is eligible for the five-year tourist visas, and what are the requirements?

The five-year multi-entry tourist visa is open to citizens of all countries. To qualify, visitors must provide the following:

1. A recent personal photo in color with a white background for the sponsored individual.
2. Proof of a bank balance of $4,000 or its equivalent in foreign currencies, maintained for six months.
3. An approved health insurance document valid in the UAE.
4. A round-trip ticket and evidence of place of residence (such as a hotel or residential address).
5. A passport with a validity of at least six months.

For each family member included in the application, the following are required:

1. A recent personal photo in color with a white background for the sponsored individual.
2. Proof of a health insurance policy within the country.
3. A round-trip ticket.
4. A passport with a validity of at least six months.

"The six-month bank statement showing that the balance has never gone below $4,000 is a crucial requirement," emphasized Mr. Hussain , "This requirement must be fulfilled, along with other standard criteria. Applications undergo scrutiny and extensive review due to the five-year multiple-entry nature of the visa."

How can one apply for the visa?

Applications can be submitted online through the website of the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Ports Security , The service is not available at typing centers , Applicants must log in to the website, access the smart channels and visa service section, and complete the required data while attaching the necessary documents .

What are the costs associated with the visa?

The ICP website provides the following costs for all emirates except Dubai:

1. Application fee: Dh100
2. Issuance fee: Dh500 per person
3. Electronic services: Dh50
4. Application fee: Dh100 per person
5. Electronic services: Dh50 per transaction

Dubai has slightly different costs, as listed by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDR


1. 30-day visit visa fee: Dh300
2. 60-day visit visa fee: Dh500
3. 90-day visitor visa fee: Dh700

All charges are subject to 5% VAT.

A deposit of Dh2,060 is required, along with additional fees for health insurance and applications made from within the UAE.

Is it possible to extend the visa while in the UAE?

The initial visa allows a 90-day duration of stay in the UAE within a year from the date of first entry. It can be extended once for an additional 90-day period. The maximum permitted duration of stay under this visa is 180 days in a year.

Which authority should be approached to obtain the visa?

This visa is self-sponsored, meaning foreign citizens can apply for it as long as they meet the eligibility conditions. In Dubai, individuals can approach a Customer Happiness Centre or an Amer Service Centre , Companies can also obtain this visa for their international employees once they register with Dubai Tourism via their website ,Authorized typing centers or government service centers can assist individuals in applying to ensure they meet the eligibility criteria and increase the chances of a successful application , Individuals and families residing in other emirates can apply online.

How can companies obtain a five-year visa for international staff?

Dubai has introduced a five-year multi-entry visa for employees of international companies based in the emirate. This initiative aims to simplify the application process and provide convenient access to the city for global visitors , To obtain the visa, companies need to register with Dubai Tourism, open a file for the company, and then proceed to file applications for their employees directly, bypassing the need for a tourist agency. Approved companies can offer their employees the same five-year multi-entry visit visa, albeit through the company.

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