Visitors to the
must obtain a United Arab Emirates visa prior to travel unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or one of the countries whose citizens are eligible for visa on arrival.
Citizens of member nations of the
Gulf Cooperation Council have freedom of movement in the UAE.
All visitors visiting the United Arab Emirates must hold a passport valid for at least 6 months. GCC nationals need to only show their government issued ID card.
Visa policy map
Visa policy of the United Arab Emirates
Visa free or free visa on arrival
Nationals of the following countries and territories may enter the United Arab Emirates without a visa or eligible to obtain a free UAE visa on arrival:
 ID — May enter with an ID card.
1 — Not applicable to passports stamped "Article 17, paragraph 2".
2 — Also including holders of passports for public affairs.
3 — For holders of biometric passports only.
4 – Only applicable for
British citizens, British Overseas Territories citizens and British Subjects who have a certificate of entitlement to the right of abode.
Date of visa changes
6 May 2015:
Schengen Area countries 16 July 2015: Seychelles
 16 May 2017: Argentina
 1 July 2017: Japan
16 December 2017: Chile
 31 December 2017: Ukraine
16 January 2018: China
 31 March 2018: Montenegro
 25 May 2018: Honduras
May 2018: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
29 April 2018: Uruguay
2 June 2018: Brazil
 1 July 2018: Barbados
  31 October 2018: Mexico
 30 November 2018: Liberia
December 2018: Sierra Leone
January 2019: Paraguay
17 February 2019: Russia
6 May 2019: Serbia
 16 August 2019: Paraguay
 5 March 2020: Colombia
 16 January 2021: Belarus
1 July 2021: Israel
Visa on arrival
1 June 2013: Canada (resumed)
22 March 2014: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia
(visa free under Visa waiver agreement between UAE and EU from 6 May 2015)  1 November 2016: China (visa free under Visa waiver agreement from 16 January 2018)
1 February 2017: Russia (visa free under Visa waiver agreement from 17 February 2019)
10 March 2018: Kazakhstan
 April 2018: Costa Rica
Canada: 2 January 2012 (was resumed in 2013)
India who are valid visa holders or residents of the United States, or who are residents of the European Union, are eligible to obtain a free 14 day visa on arrival. 
Government of UAE website lists
Grenada on the list of countries whose citizens holding normal passports may obtain a visa on arrival valid for 90 days.  IATA and the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of UAE do not hold the same information.  Website of the  Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, London suggests that there has been a visa on arrival facility in place since 1 June 2018.
Only IATA lists
Liberia as a country whose normal passport holders are visa exempt.
Diplomatic and service category passports
United Arab Emirates Visa free or free visa on arrival for diplomatic and service category passports
Visa free or free visa on arrival for diplomatic passports
In addition to nations whose all citizens are visa exempt, holders of diplomatic or service category passports of
Albania, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Colombia, Congo, Cuba, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Georgia, Grenada, India, Indonesia, Liberia, Morocco, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Serbia, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Vanuatu and Vietnam and holders of diplomatic passports of Armenia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Congo DR, Ethiopia, Guinea, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Uzbekistan also do not require a visa or can obtain a free visa on arrival.
United Arab Emirates has signed visa exemption agreements with the following countries that are not yet ratified or applied:
Passengers on all international airlines may enter the United Arab Emirates for 96 hours after obtaining a transit visa at the airport. The time difference between the two flights must be over 8 hours and the passenger must continue to a third destination. Passengers also must have a hotel booking. This is not applicable to nationals of
Afghanistan, Iraq, Niger, Syria, Somalia, and Yemen.
All travellers in transit are exempt from entry fees for the first 48 hours; this brief entry may be extended for up to 96 hours for a fee of 50
Requirements for visa application
For all others nationals who are not granted visa-free or visa on arrival,
UAE visas rules vary according to nationality, age and gender.
For example, for Moroccans, Algerians, Libyans, Syrians, Mauritanians and Tunisians, the minimum age requirement to apply for a visa is 40. For other nationalities, the minimum age requirement to apply for a visa is 21 for men and 23 for women. 
Visitors normally require a sponsor but visas can also be arranged online through an airline if they are arriving on
Air Arabia,  Air Astana,  Emirates,  Etihad (and  Air Baltic and  Air Serbia ),  flydubai,  Turkish Airlines and  Indigo Airlines
Emirate of Dubai
arriving to [note 1] Emirate of Dubai were from the following countries of nationality:  
Saudi Arabia 1,565,000
United Kingdom 1,200,000
United States 667,000
Emirate of Abu Dhabi
checking in hotels in the [note 2] Emirate of Abu Dhabi were from the following countries of nationality:
United Kingdom 267,000
United States 204,000
Saudi Arabia 163,000
^ International visitors who spend one night at least in Dubai including air, land & sea visitors, excluding United Arab Emirates residents, local Emiratis and aircrews & marines
^ Excluding Emirati citizens
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