United Arab Emirates (UAE) – Online Applications for GCC Country Residents

What has changed

Effective August 15, 2015, Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) country residents can now apply for entry permits/visit visas to the UAE through the online portal ‘Fawri’. Previously, an entry permit/visit visa to the UAE was applied for at the UAE mission overseas or was received upon arrival.

Who is affected?
What to expect

  • Residents of countries that form the GCC (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia) traveling to the UAE.

The online application service is accessible through the Ministry of Interior’s website and smart app. It will allow those residing in other GCC countries, and those accompanying them, to obtain their entry permit via email which can then be used at various ports across the country. The online application process is as follows:

  1. Once the online application is submitted, the Ministry of Interior will receive the application.
  2. The ministry will then review the application and send the approval to the email address specified in the online application form.
  3. Once the assignee receives the email, they may enter the UAE with a copy of the approval.

Note: Online payment must be by credit card only.

These changes will expedite movement across the UAE’s entry points and streamline the process for visa applicants before they arrive in the country. This change is in line with the Government’s vision to upgrade services provided to the public and empower the concept of fast high-quality services.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • The ministry has designated a phone number, 800500, to receive the public’s inquiries and to facilitate the completion of transactions.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.

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