Tuesday, October 9, 2012

How To Visit the UAE from KSA

Get a visa, of course! The thing is... are you eligible for a visa on arrival? Or do you need to apply for one before going? ;)

I'm sure most of you have read Eyecandy's Dubai entry and we've received a few inquiries regarding UAE visas. Some, we couldn't answer and some, well, we suggest answers. But here's a mini primer, which we hope can help you.

I also had the chance to visit the United Arab Emirates last April to attend my high school friend's wedding. I stayed mostly in Abu Dhabi and visited Dubai for a day (more on my trip on a later entry). The visa policy of the UAE is quite straight forward. Let me zero in on their policy about residents of GCC countries but are not GCC nationals. Ergo, we Filipinos living in Saudi Arabia (or any other non-Arab, non-Western expats for that matter). It's as simple as this:
GCC Residents who are not GCC nationals but who have high professional status such as company managers, business people, auditors, doctors, engineers, pharmacists, or employees working in the public sector, their families, drivers and personal staff sponsored by them, are eligible for a non-renewable 30-day visa upon arrival at the approved ports of entry. 

Did you understand it? Let's break it down a little further if it's still quite confusing. 
(Disclaimer: This analysis is based on our experience and understanding.) 

- What is a visa on arrival? 
This means that you're not required to apply for a tourist visa before you go to the UAE. You can just get the visa once you arrive in the airport. You don't have to go to the UAE embassy to apply for it (like what you do for a US or Schengen visa). You need to pay less than 200 dirhams at the airport of your entry for the visa.

- Who can get a visa on arrival? 
You can get a visa upon arrival only if you're a high professional (listed above) and it says so in your iqama. Those who are working as, say, engineers, but have 'drivers' in their iqama cannot get a visa upon arrival. Don't laugh. This iqama confusion and misrepresentation happen sometimes so better have your professions in your iqama checked.

- You are of a high profession and your family is going with you... can they also get a visa on arrival? 
Yes. As long as they are your eligible dependents (meaning, it says so in their iqama that they are your dependents). 

- Can we travel by land to the UAE?
Only if you're eligible for visa on arrival. Most tourist/visit visas which are released through travel agencies or sponsors should travel by air. From Riyadh, it's a 12-hour journey to Dubai on cars and buses. It's around an hour if you travel by plane.

- You are not of a high profession but you work in the public sector (ex. government hospitals), can you get a visa on arrival? 
Probably. Eyecandy's iqama states that she is a librarian and she works for a government hospital. She got a visa on arrival. A reader said they were medical secretaries but they work for a government hospital, they also got visa on arrival. To be sure, visit the UAE embassy in the Diplomatic Quarters (this is what E did) or call them in their phone number below. 

- What if you're not of a high profession but still wants to visit the UAE? 
You will require a visa before going and a sponsor for your visit. The sponsor will be the one to apply the visa on your behalf. Valid sponsors may be as follows: 
a. Hotels and tourist companies can apply, on your behalf, for a tourist visa (valid for 30 days), or a service visa (14 days), or visit visa (30 days extendable).
b. Airlines and airline handlers on behalf of their crew members for a 96-hour transit visa 
c. Other organizations based in the UAE 
d. Individuals (relatives or friends) already UAE residents may apply on your behalf. 
The easiest way among the four is the first option, especially when you have no family or friends in the UAE who can help you. Use an authorized travel agency in the UAE to apply the visa for you. 

When I was still clueless about all this process, I inquired via email in one of the travel agencies in Dubai. Here's what I gleaned on my email with South Travels JLT. (Disclaimer: The Pink Tarha is not related to South Travels JLT.) 

*This is for the visa valid only for 14 days. 
- They can process a visa request for $180 (per passport). 
- The visa they process is valid for arrival by plane only, NOT by bus. 
- Visa processing takes 3-4 UAE working days (take note that in the UAE, their weekend is Friday and Saturday). 
- Visa processing will start 10 days before the guest's arrival. 
- Submit the following via email attachment: 
* Clear copy of passport page with your personal information 
* Clear copy of iqama page 
* Colored passport size picture 
* Confirmed return airline ticket 
* Duly filled up application form (that will sent to you by the agency via email) 
- There's no guarantee that your visa will be approved, and immediately. And like any other visa application, yours can also be denied on various grounds. Visa approval is still subject to UAE Immigration Rules and Regulations

South Travel JLT answered all my questions regarding the visa process and they were really helpful. However, it turned out I wouldn't be needing their service.

I'm quite sure you will still have lots of questions. You can read this primer from UAE Interact, which we used in this entry. And you can inquire with various authorized travel agencies in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Most of them answer inquiries. But to be really, really sure, you can also visit the UAE Embassy here in Riyadh to inquire. Don't be afraid to ask. 

United Arab Emirates Embassy in Riyadh 
Diplomatic Quarter Abu Baker Al-Karakhi, 
Q. Omer Bin Omaiah Street, 
P.O. Box 94385, Riyadh, 11693, KSA 
T: +966-1-4881227
E: uaer@cyberia.net.sa


NOTE: To all those who are asking if their job positions in their iqama will entitle them to a visa-on-arrival, we cannot say for sure. We can not confirm this so please, call the UAE Embassy for proper verification. We don't want you to get in trouble just in case we say yes, you are entitled to it, and end up having problems when you arrive in the immigration.

177 had something to say:

The dotor is thin said...

Just visited recently in Abu dhabi, upon arrival go to the leftmost immigration booth, get the form for visa on arrival, after filling the form, go to the eye scan room, it's also on the left, after the scan the stamp on the form then you line up at the immigration booths (any). We paid 105 dhms each including my 1 year old baby. Please prepare exact money in dirhams, we had to wait while they looked for change. After that you're off to baggage claim :) hope to have helped!

- the doctor is thin -

the doctor is thin said...

Hola! I recently went to Abu Dhabi. Just a tip: upon arriving at the Abu Dhabi airport, go to the leftmost side, ask for a visa on arrival form from the immigration booth/officer. Then fill it out or better yet, fill it out while waiting in line for the eye scan which is also on the left. After the scan, they stamp the form and you can line up at the immigration booths (any). We paid 105Dhms each, even my 1 yr old daughter was charged. Better to bring change, since we waited quite a while for our change. After that we were off to baggage claim! HOpe to have helped :)

Anonymous said...

and also a tip..dont forget to bring a clear copy of your residence card/iqama..My first experience was quite horrible as I forgot to bring a copy of iqama then I called my friends back in Riyadh to fax it to the immigration office...still fax copy was not clear, had to resend again...stayed overnight in the immigration waiting room...

Anonymous said...

am a dental assistant here in jeddah, but am holding a housemaid iqama..i want to travel to dubai do they allow me to get a visa? what supporting document should i prepare aside from invitation letter from my sister in dubai? please help..

ms. uy

The Pink Tarha said...

Hi Ms. Uy,

In your case, you can't get a visa on arrival because of your housemaid iqama. It's the work/profession in the iqama that they'll check not your real profession in Jeddah. Your sister will have to get you a visit/tourist visa from a travel agency in Dubai. See steps in "What if you're not of a high profession but still wants to visit the UAE?" above. :)

Khurram Rafi said...

Hi gents
Thanks for ur valuable info, next week i m going to dubai via emirates with my family. i have "Sales Representative" profession in my iqama so i can get visa on arrival & for the fee some people told me it is 180 riyals each pasport please reply.
Waiting ur response
Thanx
Khurram

The Pink Tarha said...

Hi Khurram,
"Sales representative" might not be valid for a visa on arrival. You might need to secure a visit visa first before going there. But to be sure, kindly call the UAE Embassy. Telephone numbers are above. Thank you! :)

Anonymous said...

hi mam. :) i would like to ask. i'll be visiting my dad in ksa. he's an engineer there. he's sponsoring my visit. then i'm planning to visit my boyfriend in dubai. is it possible that i can still travel to dubai/uae even if i just hold a visit visa in ksa?. thanks in advance.

tin.

The Pink Tarha said...

Hi Tin.

You have to get a separate visit/tourist visa from the UAE. Your boyfriend can help you facilitate this via a registered travel agency in Dubai. You have to have that visa before going to the UAE as you will not be entitled to a "visa on arrival."

Hope our answer helps. :)

Anonymous said...

thanks for the helpful info. :)

tin.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I am a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering Department of King Fahd University of petroleum and minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia. It is a government university. My profression on my Iqama is Researcher (Baahas). Am I eligible for Visa-on-Arrival and how can I officially confirm?

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I am Planning to go to Dubai my Profession in the Iqama is Electronic Technician, Please suggest me is it possible to get Visa on Arrival.

The Pink Tarha said...

@Anonymous 5:20PM: Sa amin pong palagay, baka po hindi sapat ang inyong profession sa inyong iqama para makakuha ng Visa on Arrival. Tumawag po sa UAE Embassy para sa mas sure na kasagutan. Salamat po.

Anonymous said...

Hi.. I am planning to visit Dubai on last week of March with my saudi friend. I am a nurse working in a goverment hospital. Am I eligible to get the on arrival visa? Thanks.

The Pink Tarha said...

@Anonymous 8:51AM: To our knowledge, yes you can. Best to call the UAE embassy too. :)

atkum said...

hello. I am working as a Lecturer in a government university in KSA. My profession in my Iqama says 'Lecturer'. I have been in KSA only for 6 months. Can I get a Visa-on-arrival at the Airport?
Please help.

The Pink Tarha said...

Hello Atkum!

Sorry but we're not sure for 'lecturers'. Maybe you can ask your fellows in the university or call the UAE embassy.

Shajee Siddiqui said...

sir i am a doctor i am having exam in al ain and i am pakistani saudi iqama holder and also my wife she is a doctor also i want to travel by road along wtih my family i.e my wife my daughter and my mother in law what documents should i take along with me
thank you
DR SHAJEE SIDDIQUI
drshajee67@gmail.com
drshajeemaha@hotmail.com

The Pink Tarha said...

Hello Shajee, if you're a doctor and your wife is also a doctor, you both are eligible for visa-on-arrival because of your profession. However, please make sure that your iqamas really say "doctor" as your profession. You can take along your daughter and mother-in-law as long as their iqama says they're your dependents.

For further inquiries and more informed answers, kindly contact the UAE Embassy.

Ed Ramos said...

Hello
Mam,
We, Filipino Husband & Wife working here in riyadh and plan to visit in Dubai as tourist for 2 days but our visa in our iqama are not professional but we're both working in the goverment hospital , it's possible to get visa on arrival .

Thank you & regards
Ed Ramos

The Pink Tarha said...

Hello sir,

We're not sure. It might still depend on the work indicated in your iqama. Kindly ask the passport/travel office of your government hospital. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Hello. Im a filipina nurse working in a government hospital. Im flying from riyadh to qatar staying there for three days..then qatar to phils. From phils I have a return flight from manila to qatar to riyadh. I have all the requirements ready for instant visa on arrival. What problems do you are possible on my plans?

The Pink Tarha said...

Anonymous 4:29PM: Hello, we're not sure as this entry is about UAE. We haven't been to Qatar and we're not sure if they have the same policies as UAE.

Anonymous said...

hello.. i would like to ask you . i have high skill electrician profession in my iqama, while i work as store manager in jeddah saudi arabia. i would like to visit dubai during my EID vacations. so is it possible to get visa at dubai airport. ?

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nasir.

Anonymous said...

hello..
i work here in jeddah saudi arabia. as store manager but my profession is iqama is ELECTRICIAN. may it possible to get visa at dubai airport. cuz i have plan to visit dubai during my EID vacations.

nasir

The Pink Tarha said...

@Nasir: It's better to go to the UAE embassy or consulate to ask. Electricians might not be able to get a visa on arrival.

Anonymous said...

I am lecturer in one of the university in saudia and my relatives living in dubai , to i need invitation letter from them?

Anonymous said...

I am from India, Working as a Registered Nurse in King Faisal Hospital. My Iqama profession is Nurse. Can I get visiting visa from Airport? Pls. let me know. thank you in advance

Anonymous said...

I would like to inquire about my plan to pass by for a visit in abudhabi before going back to the philippines.I'm a midwife by profession but I'm presently working as a nurse aide here in saudi arabia.How can I get the visiting visa if during that time I already exit from here?My husband is also working in abudhabi as an engineer.

The Pink Tarha said...

@Anonymous 7:04PM: You need a visit visa. Ask your relatives living in Dubai to help you secure a visit visa through certified travel agencies there.

@Anonymous 12:52PM: Yes, you can get a visa on arrival since you're working as a nurse and in a government hospital.

@Anonymous 4:22PM: Ask your husband to get you a tourist or visit visa from certified travel agencies in Abu Dhabi.

Anonymous said...

Hi! I'm holding a residence iqama as a dependant with my husband here in ksa and I have a plan to visit uae. Is it possible if I can get a visa there upon arrival?

The Pink Tarha said...

@Anonymous: No, you cannot get a visa upon arrival in UAE. You need to get a tourist visa before your flight. I suggest you arrange it with a certified travel agency in the UAE or fly Emirates or Etihad Airlines and they have that tourist visa service.

Anonymous said...

Hi there, we are here in Dammam and I am holding iqama as dependent to my husband, he works as nurse by profession for moh. we are planning to visit my cousin in uae this comin' june since it's his annual vacation. would it be possible for us to get visa upon arrival?

The Pink Tarha said...

@Anonymous 2:35PM: Yes, you can have visa on arrival. (Make sure that your husband's iqama says nurse. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi,I am going exit this coming august,but before i go to philippines,my family friend will sponsor me to get the visiting visa for abudhabi.Aside for my visa and return flight ticket to philippines,what other documents should i need to present in the immigration?

Anonymous said...

thank you dear, all the best to you and to your family..

Anonymous said...

Hello! I'm going exit from my job this coming august, but before i go to Philippines,my family friend will sponsor me to get the visiting visa.Aside for my visa and return flight ticket to Philippines,what other documents should I need to present in the immigration?

The Pink Tarha said...

Hello Anonymous 12:14AM: Sorry for the late reply. Hmn, I don't see anything else that you need. As long as you have that visiting visa from your friend, your passport, and your onward ticket to the Philippines, I couldn't think of anything else that you might need. Have a safe journey! :)

Anonymous said...

My family is travelling to Dubai but I am not with them. My profession is Computer Programmer on Iqama.

Q1. Will they get the Visa on arrival.?

Q2. If yes than Is it possible that I can get the visa on arrival forms in advance & filled it for them so that once they arrive they don't have to fill the form.?

Thanks

The Pink Tarha said...

Hello Anonymous 9:55AM:
First and foremost, what is your nationality?

Second, is your family your dependents here in Saudi Arabia? If they are your dependents here in Saudi Arabia (and it says so in their iqamas, they cannot get a visa on arrival in the UAE. You have to be with them, provided that "computer programmer" would suffice to get visas on arrival. To be sure, you can ask the UAE Embassy. Your family needs to get visit visas or tourist visas before going to the UAE. Steps on how you can get these visas are in the article.

Anonymous said...

If u work at private hospital as a nurse,can u get visa on arrival?

Anonymous said...

Hi I am a Lic. Pharmacist here (philippines) i am planning to visit dubai for 3- 4 days only travel along with my family...I want to secure visit visa first before going to dubai, what are the specific requirements to get tourist dubai visa.by the way, we've been travelling abroad for sightseeing purposes only. thanks a lot in advance for your help.

The Pink Tarha said...

@Anonymous 6:54PM: We're not sure po. Kindly contact the UAE embassy.

@Anonymous 5:07PM: Check our steps after "What if you're not of high profession but wants to visit the UAE?" Or you can check this link: http://www.wikihow.com/Get-a-Tourist-Visa-for-Dubai
You have to get someone to sponsor you and apply you a visit visa in Dubai. Either your relative, friend, tour agency or airlines (ie. Emirates).

Nosreme said...

Hi. The profession in my Iqama is Systems Analyst. However my question is, do I need to bring my original Iqama for Visa on Arrival in Dubai or Abu Dhabi or a colored photocopy will be enough? Thanks

The Pink Tarha said...

@Nosreme: In our understanding, once you get an exit/re-entry visa in KSA and your passport, you have to surrender your iqama to your company so you won't be able to show that to the immigration in the UAE. You have to have a photocopy of it. But if your company lets you keep your iqama upon giving your visa and passport, then take it by all means and show it also.

lester dulay said...

Hi I'm a nurse at Government,. Iwant to visit UAE or any part of UAE can i avail visa arrival?

The Pink Tarha said...

@Lester: As far as we know, yes you can get a visa on arrival.

Leah Castro said...

Hi im a nurse working under the ministry of health here in saudi arabia..im planning to go to dubai this month of may, can I get a visa upon arrival? Ministry of health will take my iqama as an exchange of my passport..can I just bring a clear copy of my iqama? Together with my passport? Would that be enough?

The Pink Tarha said...

@Leah Castro: Yes, a copy of your iqama would suffice since you need to turn your iqama over to your workplace when you'll be getting your passport.

joey balaoing said...

Hi pink tarha,

i contacted the south travel that you mentioned., in my understanding in your blog correct me if im wrong, once that the travel agency will apply a visa in your behalf it will not need a sponsor coz the travel agency itself will be your sponsor for your visa right? But when i contacted the travel agency they asking about my sponsor, and if i dont have i need to have AED5000 as a security deposit.
I am filipino and im on my vacation right now i have a exit/reentry visa already i just want to spend a couple of days in dubai and go back again in saudi. Do i really need a sponsor? Or am i eligible for the visa on arrival, my iqama profession status as Maintenance Technician but i am electrical supervisor since im a graduate of electrical engineering. please reply
Thanks!

The Pink Tarha said...

Hi Mr. Joey, in my understanding, there's no need for a security deposit (because what is it for?). I don't know if that's a new rule/requirement since my inquiry to them was more than a year ago.

Unfortunately, even if you're an electrical engineer, you can't have a visa on arrival in a maintenance technician iqama. They would be looking at the job/profession on your iqama and not any documents. You can further inquire at the UAE Embassy also just to be sure.

Try inquiring via Emirates Holidays here in RIyadh on how you can process a visa to Dubai. They can do it in your behalf provided you submit the requirements and is flying with Emirates. Their number is +966-1-486-9000.

Anonymous said...

Question regarding Dubai VISA-ON-ARRIVAL:

I am holding a Saudi Residence Permit (IQAMA) with Computer Programmer profession written on it. I would like to know if it is possible to grant a VISA-ON-ARRIVAL when I arrive in Dubai for tourism purposes. I need your assistance, friends...

The Pink Tarha said...

Anonymous 4:41PM: We are not sure if the computer programmer profession is considered as high profession in the UAE. Do you work in the government sector? If you are, there's a higher probability that you can get a visa-on-arrival. Kindly refer to the UAE embassy for more specific details. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your answer. I am working in a hotel in Jeddah and it is a private company. Thank you again.

Jojo said...

Hello maam im a computer operator in KKIA under air craft maintenance department but under Al majal G4s, can i aquire a visa-on-arrival going UAE?

The Pink Tarha said...

Hi Jojo, is Al Majal G4s a subcon for KKIA? And in your iqama, does it say that you're a computer operator? We're not sure if this is qualified as a high profession as compared to doctors, engineers, nurses, etc. You may want to call the UAE embassy for a specific answer. :)

Anonymous said...

hi! i'm a filipina nurse working in a private clinic here in kuwait. me and my co nurses wants to tour in dubai for 3 days only.is it possible to apply for visa upon arrival in dubai? thank you and God bless!

The Pink Tarha said...

Anonymous 12:45AM: Thanks for reading The Pink Tarha! However, we have no idea how it works in Kuwait. It might be the same as the process in Saudi Arabia but Maybe you can call the UAE consulate or embassy on your place for specific answers. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi there,

I am a Quantity Surveyor in Saudi Arabia. Holding valid Saudi iqama and the profession is on iqama is also Quantity Surveyor. I want to visit UAE and planing to go by road so what are the requirements and can i get the visa on arrival.

Anonymous said...

hello! my husband from riyadh wants to visit me here in dubai, his profession on his iqama is assistant physiotherapist. will the uae immigration approve his visa on arrival?

Anonymous said...

hello there... i am a nurse working in a private clinic here in riyadh... in my iqama it also shows that my profession is a nurse... can i avail the "visa upon arrival"?

The Pink Tarha said...

@ANonymous 12:57AM: Yes, we think you can avail of a visa-on-arrival. For a more concrete answer, you can call the UAE Embassy in Riyadh. Or the Emirates Holidays Office. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi. i live in Riyad and visit uae by my car and iam on my wife aqama she was a doctor in Ministry Of Heanth.I travel alone with my Kids so plz tell me can i got visa on border or i will arrange visa from Dubai or i apply visa through embbasy..

The Pink Tarha said...

@Anonymous 2:39PM: First and foremost, what is your nationality? If you are not a GCC citizen or resident, then are you a dependent of your wife? (Your iqama syas you are a dependent?) If yes, you are a dependent, then you cannot travel to the UAE without a prior visa esp. when you're traveling without your wife. If you are traveling without your wife, you need to secure a tourist visa first and once secured, you can only travel by airplane. You will have to arrange a visa through travel agencies. You cannot apply for a visa through the UAE embassy.

If you are traveling with your wife, then that is the time you will not need a visa before going there. You can travel to the UAE and get a visa on border as long as your wife is with you. Just make sure that her iqama says "doctor" in her profession.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Hi there. I'm planning on visiting my friend who lives in al-ain. I plan to fly to dubai and catch a bus from there to al-ain. The thing is, i'm a 17-year old male, so will they give me a visa on arrival? I think you have to be 18 or travelling with someone above 18. I'll be travelling alone. Can you tell me what to do? Should i get a letter from my friend's dad confirming im going to visit him and staying with him (he'll fax it to me), and then take that to the UAE embassy here in riyadh and apply for a visa? If not, can you tell me what to do? Any help is appreciated.

Thanks!
Talha

The Pink Tarha said...

Hi Talha! Thanks for visiting The Pink Tarha!

Are you a Saudi or a resident of the GCC? If yes, then you can get a visa-on-arrival.

If you are not a Saudi or a GCC resident, then you have to read the entry above. You do not have to go to the UAE Embassy to apply for a visa. You have to apply through a valid travel agency like Emirates Holidays. If you have a dependent visa then you have to be accompanied by your sponsor (either your dad or mom) to get a visa-on-arrival. If you want to travel alone, you have to get a travel/tourist/visit visa via an authorized agency.

Regarding your age...
I think 17 is not a minor age to travel but airlines have different rules on this. For example, Emirates Airlines consider you a minor if you're 12 years old and below. That means when you fly with Emirates, you are no longer considered a minor. For Saudi Arabian Airlines, you are a minor if you are below 15 years old. So it really depends on what airlines you'll take but I think you are old enough to fly alone.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I'm from Pakistan but I'm a GCC resident, I live here full-time in riyadh. I was told that the only way to get a visa-on-arrival is if you're traveling with your sponsor (i.e. my dad). What if I'm traveling with a friend who's above 18? I still wouldn't get a visa on arrival. Basically there's no way I can get a visa since I'm traveling alone, and under 18?

Thanks,
Talha

The Pink Tarha said...

Hi Talha!

Yes, you can only travel if your dad is with you since you are his dependent. However, if you have a friend in UAE, maybe she can help you obtain a visit visa from there. She can contact a certified travel agency, submit your details and get a visit/tourist visa for you. If you have that visit visa prior to your going to the UAE, then you can travel to the UAE, even without your father with you.

Anonymous said...

Hi im a filipina.. Working in Riyadh military hospital as a phlebotomist... But my profession in my iqama is "operating room technician".. Am i eligible to get an entry visa upon arrival in abudhabi intl airport? Will be having a 3-day visit this last week of june and already booked a hotel and my roundtrip ticket thru saudia airlines. One more thing should i present my orginal iqama or a photocopy will do? Be waiting for your reply the soonest.. Tnx - elise

The Pink Tarha said...

Hi Elise! Sorry, we cannot determine which professions they consider as "high professions" apart from the ones we quoted in the article. We are not working in the UAE embassy so we don't want to assume that we know specific rules they have in granting visa-on-arrival. Kindly call the UAE embassy or the Emirates Holidays for your inquiry. They can answer your question better. Thanks.

The Pink Tarha said...

The visa-on-arrival costs around 100 dirhams. Usually, you have to surrender your iqama to your company when you get your passport so you should bring a copy.

Anonymous said...

Hi,I am little bit confused to travel uae on tourist visa from saudia.I got my tourist visa from tourist company in uae few days back.And i am expact here in ksa from the last three months.So do i need to visit Embassy for any further documnets or its ok with my tourist visa?.I will leave ksa from dammam airport for uae.my aqama is valid more than 10th months and profession on my aqamma is plumber.

The Pink Tarha said...

Anonymous 1:57PM: As long as you have a tourist visa, you can enter the UAE regardless of the profession in your iqama. Bring your passport (of course) and a copy of your iqama just to be sure.

Anonymous said...

thanks for reply.
-My purpose to visit uae to get a good job there. if i will get the job in uae may it effect my saudi visa or may i will cancel my saudi residence visa first?

The Pink Tarha said...

Anonymous 2:19PM: We're not knowledgeable on this but as far as we know, if you decide to go out of Saudi Arabia, you need to come back before your exit/re-entry visa expires. For example, if your Saudi visa is valid for 3 months, you need to come back to Saudi within 3 months of leaving so it doesn't get canceled. Otherwise, you cannot return to Saudi Arabia anymore.

It would probably be better to leave Saudi Arabia with an exit/re-entry visa, go to the UAE, and look for a job within the time frame. If you get a job in the UAE, go back to Saudi Arabia and secure a final exit visa to tie loose ends (because you'll never know if you'll want to come back to KSA in the future). This is out own opinion. You can ask the experts about this. :)

Anonymous said...

good morning to every one,i want to ask if we can get visa during our arrival in Dubai,our visa is Dental Tech. in one of a government hospital in riyadh,we're planning to visit there during our vacation on Eid?

ton sing said...

hi...
I want to visit my girl friend for 14 to 30 days in abu dhabi before going back to the philippines... and I will be final exit in ksa...what should I do to visit abu dhabi...what thing I will prepare?
ty....:-)
edsel

The Pink Tarha said...

@Anonymous 11:45AM: Sa amin pong pagkakaalam, pwede po dahil kayo ay sa government hospital nagtratrabaho. Pero para na rin po sa kapanatagan ng inyong loob na talagang maaari nga kayong makakuha ng visa-on-arrival, mangyari lamang pong tumawag sa UAE Embassy.

@Edsel: Hello po sir. Ang kasagutan po ay nasa blog entry sa itaas. Kailangan n'yo po ng visit/travel visa galing sa authorized travel agency bago kayo makapunta ng UAE.

Jack Pepper said...

I'm a Graphics Designer here in Riyadh. In my Iqama , my profession is stated as Advertisement and Media Designer. Do you think I could get an on arrival Visa?

The Pink Tarha said...

Hi Jack! Unfortunately, we are not working in the UAE embassy so we don't know the verdict for specific professions, unless they're really high like engineers and doctors. Try calling the UAE Embassy or the EMirates Holidays office. Thanks.

Jerico de Padua said...

I'm an engineer working here in KSA planning to visit Dubai in Ramadan. My Iqama ID is stampped as an Engineer), thus I can easily visit Dubai without much hassle. Just bring my iqama and some pocket money. Is that right?

My very simple problem is this, can I pay in SAR (since I dont have dirhams) for the entry visa processing fee?

Thanks for the post. Very much appreciate the help Kabayan. Keep it up. Good samaritan tlaga mga pinoy. Hehe. :)

The Pink Tarha said...

Hi Jerico! Sorry for the late reply. Since you're an engineer, I think you'll be able to get a visa-on-arrival. Not sure if you can pay in SAR but they have forex in the airport. Thanks for visiting The Pink Tarha! :)

Jerico de Padua said...

Thanks for the help. I appreciate it. Keep it up.

Anna Avila said...

Hello Pink Tarha. I'm so happy to find this site. Me and my 2 other colleagues (all Filipina) were going to Dubai this Eid holiday. We already purchased our ticket and hotel reservation. Our iqama ID stamped as Medical Technician since we are working in a hospital here in Saudi Arabia.

My question is, our flight will be from SAudi-Sharjah cos we didnt get a direct flight going to Dubai, do you think they have the same procedure in Dubai airport in obtaining tourist visa upon arrival in Sharjah airport?

Hoping for your kind reply. Thanks kabayan.

Anonymous said...

Hey Pink tarha,

I am an engineer but my iqama is expiring on 24 october 2013. i want to travel to dubai on 8th august 2013 till 16th august 2013. Can i get an on arrival visa in dubai ?

Do they have such criteria ?

Anna Avila said...

Thanks to this site. We are also going to Dubai this Eid holiday but our question now is, since we didnt get a direct flight from Saudi to DUbai, our ticket is only until Sharjah. Do you think they have the same policy in obtaining visa upon arrival in Sharjah airport? Hoping for your kind reply. Thanks

The Pink Tarha said...

Hi Anne, we think that the policy above is done all throughout the United Arab Emirates so whatever your point of entry is, you can get a visa-on-arrival as long as you are eligible for it. If you need more clarifications, you can call the UAE embassy. Thanks for reading The Pink Tarha! :)

The Pink Tarha said...

Hi Anonymous 11:31AM: You can probably get a visa-on-arrival in Dubai because your profession is engineer and we don't think there will be a problem with your iqama because as you said, you will travel on August and your visa will expire on October so technically, when you travel, your iqama is still valid. You can also inquire at the UAE Embassy for further clarifications. Thanks for reading The Pink Tarha! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Pink Tarha,
Thanks for excellent service,
I'm Pakistani engineer (also Stated on Iqamah)and wants to travel dubai via road from DMM in August during eid holidays. i would appreciate if you could answer few questions using your experience,
1- How long normally immigrations process takes at border. is it a comlicated process or smoothly done.
2- is it advisable to go by road with family during august from Dammam,
3-are there hotels and facilites available along the road in KSA and UAE all along the route.
4- what are the documents other than copies of iqamahs/passports, i should take. do i need to keep photographs of family memebers.
5- is there any thing called salik which i should get at immigration.
6- I'll be driving a leased car with a valid permission to take it out of the border. do i need to any further document to keep.
i would appreciate your resposne.

regards
AQIL


The Pink Tarha said...

Dear Mr. Aqil, thank you for reading The Pink Tarha. Your questions are quite specific and unfortunately, we haven't tried going to the UAE by bus so we cannot answer them. We only went there via plane. Hopefully, there will be some readers who can see your questions and will provide valuable assistance to you and your family. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

hi,my name is ricky Im working as material planner and my IQAMA profession is Planning manager,i want to visit my wife and my son they are uae resident.can avail the visa on arrival.please advice and document needs to bring.

Kritine Arcilla said...

Im very much excited to go to dubai. .but how??? Im a nurse here in KSA .in a private hospital. This comming November im planning to go for exit but I want to drop by and stay even just 1 week in my cousin in dubai. .I badly need your help..

Tnx a lot ;-)

The Pink Tarha said...

Hi Ricky, like we replied to the other questions above, we cannot determine what professions will be qualified for a visa-on-arrival apart from doctors and engineers (those professions, we're sure that they're eligible for VOA). In your case, we don't know if "material planner" is considered as a high profession for them. Kindly contact the UAE Embassy in Riyadh for a specific answer.

Hi Kritine, you can follow the steps above. The entry was written to answer your question. As for your eligibility on gaining a visa-on-arrival, we know that nurses working in government hospitals are considered as "high profession" so you might be given a VOA. But to be sure, because you're working for a private hospital, you can call the UAE Embassy. :)

Jerika Marie Alagao said...

Hi Pink Tarha!

I am currently workink in KSA and my contract wil end by december of this year. I have plans of going to Dubai thru a sponsor (relative). However, there are issues daw regarding going to dubai on final exit. They said that the employer most of the time wont allow you to get a final exit going to dubai aside from Philippines because this is the repatriation process. So I was thinking na wag sabihin sa current employer ko that im going there. I have 2 choices, either bibili ako ng ticket ko without their knowledge regardless of the ticket they are giving me n my final exit OR, I will ask my employer to schedule a flight which has to stop over in Dubai. Now, my query lies on my second option, about the stop over thing, may nagsabi po kasi sa akin na when i arrive in Dubai airport, as long as i have my tourist visa with me, i can approach an airline staff to cancel the flight going to Manila and tell that i want to visit dubai, carrying of course the visa.. So they can process it there and you can enter Dubai. IS THIS TRUE OR POSSIBLE? Thank you so much!!

The Pink Tarha said...

Hi Jerika, we're at a loss on how to answer this query. But here's our insight:

For PLAN 1, your employers are the ones buying your flight tickets right? So in the airport, it will be weird to have a ticket for a different flight which goes to the UAE instead of the Philippines. The tickets, exit visa, other documents etc. will be checked in the airport. And usually, when an employee goes on exit, a representative from the employer should be present because they need to bring back a document to be stamped on.

For PLAN 2, which is to have a flight stop-over in Dubai... this might work out better, but you have to inform the airlines here in the King Khaled Airport when checking in that you're about to go to Dubai because what about your luggage? If the airlines is not informed, your checked in luggage will go directly to the Philippines. Unless, you are not taking any checked-in luggage with you.

We haven't heard of any case that final exit visa is not given to those who have plans of going to Dubai. But that's because we haven't done anything like that. It is true though that employees would want you to go directly back to the Philippines because yes, it is part of the repatriation process, and it's the right thing to do on their part. They took you from the Philippines when they hired you and now that you contract with them has ended, it is their obligation to bring you back to the Philippines. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I am working in Riyadbank and my profession is "Computer Programmer". I am planning to visit Sharjah to visit my relatives on 5th August to 12 August 2013.

I am going to Sharjah by SAPTCO Bus.

Please let me know whether I am eligible for onarrival in UAE.

Prashant

Anonymous said...

hi jerika, im also in your situation before. what i did is that i ask my employer to buy me a ticket from riyadh to dubai and dubai to manila. i told them that im going to visit my cousin here in dubai for 7 days but actually my plan is to find a job here. and it works. now im working here in dubai. i did not use my ticket for dubai - manila.

Husky Aries said...

HI all .. please let me know ASAP ... I am working in Ministry of Interior in Qatar as "Administrator" this is the profession on my visa but I am working as an engineer. I am travelling to Dubai via car. Just need to know if I will get VIsa-ON-Arrival.

THanks in advance

Regards
Abby

The Pink Tarha said...

Thanks @Anonymous 7:35PM for your tip to Jerika. :)

@Abby: We have no idea how it works for Qatar. And "administrator" is a vague term so we're not sure if it will be considered as high profession to be eligible for a visa-on-arrival. :)

Jerika Marie Alagao said...

Thank you so much pink tarha. I got the idea of not checking in any luggage, instead, im going to hand-carry all the things i need. So i'm gonna ship all of my stuffs to phils instead. I also have decided to go to Dubai using the stop over thing. However, i'm also thinking if it's easier to tell that i'm gonna visit dubai for a short period of time, or don't ever mention to them that i'm going to stay there even for a short visit, kasi it might come to their consciousness that i have another plan. Or am i pretty sure that they're going to grant me a stop over to dubai if i tell them, i just wanna experience or see dubai, even for just a stop over? (weird?haha!) Anyway, i just have to carefuly think on how to attack them. Ta-timing na lang ako and papakiramdaman ko ang mga boss ko. ;) I still have 5 months. lol. Thank you so much pinktarha for this enlightenment!

NR said...

Hi,

Me & my brother are having Iqama under our fathers name as student. We both are planning to visit Dubai for five days without our father accompanying us. Our father travels to Dubai usually though. Is it Possible we can get visa on arrival and what will be the cost?

or we need a prior visa???
looking forward for your reply.

thanks
NR

The Pink Tarha said...

HI NR, like what is written above, if you're a dependent of your father in your iqama, then you need to secure a visa first before you can go to Dubai or the UAE. The process on how to get the visa is above. Please read the entry. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hi I am wife of a Saudi national recently living now in Riyadh. I am Reham, Filipina and holding a wife residents Iqama. My husband and I are planning to visit Dubai. Do I need to get a Visa upon arrival?
Hoping for your positive response. Thank you!

The Pink Tarha said...

Hi Reham, as far as we know... if you're traveling with your Saudi husband, then you won't need a visa because of his nationality.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the information you have shared. I appreciated it. More power!

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Anonymous said...

Hi Pink Tarha!

I am currently workinkg in Riyadh
I am Indian by nationality
My Profession is System Analyst on my IQAMA
Last year I went to Dubai via Road (BUS) and I got the visa on arrival
I paid 110 SAR at the immigration counter
I got the visa, this time am planning to go with my family via Air
My question is that how much would be the visa fee per person (per passport) on arrival at airport immigration counter.

Regards,
Mohammed

Anonymous said...

hi Pink Tarha,

Hello maam im a Firefighter in Briman, Jeddah Jail under Al majal Al Arabi Grp, but in my iqama position is engineer electrical technician can i aquire a visa-on-arrival going UAE? iam filipino, i would like to visit dubai before i exit to philippines

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I am Pakistani and living in Riyadh KSA, can I get the UAE visit visa on arrival, my profession on Iqama is, مشرف في تجارة التجزئة(Supervisor in Retail Business)

The Pink Tarha said...

NOTE: To all those who are asking if their job positions in their iqama will entitle them to a visa-on-arrival, we cannot say for sure. We can not confirm this so please, call the UAE Embassy for proper verification. We don't want you to get in trouble just in case we say yes, you are entitled to it, and end up having problems when you arrive in the immigration.

Anonymous said...

Hello pink tarha. Thanks for that post. Really informative. I do have a question though, a friend told me that recently dubai has removed the option for a friend to apply for a visit visa, only a relative is allowed. I was wondering if there are any other changes with their policies regarding the issuance of visa. Im working in ksa, under the ministry of health as a nurse. My iqama also indicates my job as a nurse. As far as I know, I am entitled to a visa as soon as I arrive in dubai. Please correct me if Im wrong. If there are changes in their rules.. please enlighten me. Thank you.

The Pink Tarha said...

Hello Anonymous, we haven't been to the UAE for a visit recently (just for a stopover) so we're not sure. However, with our job, we think you can get a visa-on-arrival.

Anonymous said...

Hi Pink Tarha..
Im a Filipina Nurse working in Military Hosp in Tabuk KSA.. I want to visit Dubai this December.. Im I eligible for visa on arrival since you posted that if we are working in Govt company we can avail the visa on arrival, correct? waiting for your responce

The Pink Tarha said...

@Anonymous 9:01PM: As far as we know, yes, you can get a visa-on-arrival based on your profession.

Arun said...

I was surprised to learn the same about your blog--- I loved it.I am a big fan of your blog.i am so excited by read of your blog's content.really great post.Thanks for sharing.
Arun Panchariya

Rchie said...

Hi,

I would like to inquire about visa fee upon arrival travelling by land. I tried to call the UAE embassy provided above but there is no english language option.

Thank you.

Rchie




The Pink Tarha said...

@Rchie: It's around 200 riyals a few years ago. Haven't traveled by land recently.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to share some info.

I was able to get a tourist visa from Flydubai for 350 SAR. I got my visa in just 4 days. They only need a copy of your passport, iqama and an ID photo. The only condition is that you have to buy a ticket from them for your flight. All in all, it was a smooth transaction. I'm going to Dubai on October.

- J

Oey said...

Hi,

I just want to say thank you for giving us all the good and best information that most of us really needed it badly... My question just got answered by simply reading the thread messages and comments here... I just want to suggest to those who will try to ask questions here, read first the queries/comments and maybe you'll find the answer to your question right away. You will get other tips and valuable information too... But if you think your question is not mentioned here or some info's are not clear, then that's the time you can ask... It's just that some (if not most) questions were the same questions/ideas that were already asked by the other people...

Again, "The Pink Tarha" thank you and God bless...

-OEY

Savad e k said...

hello sir

i am working in riyadh. my iqama profession is tour programmer. can i travel to uae with on arrival visa. what mode of travel i can choose to travel

Anonymous said...

Hi!.im a philippine passport holder living/working in ksa. i wann visit dubai for a few days. my iqama says dentist,qualified ba un to get visa on arrival na lang? Im travelling with a friend pero her iqama saya dental assitany pwede rin ba sya dun... thanks

ismail muhammedali said...

Hi admin,

Can you please check and let me know whether below profession will get on arrival.

"Telecom engineering technician"

Thanks//

mir raiyan ahmed khuraishi said...

i an indian saudi iqama holder with dentist as proffesion want to travel to dubai from india .can i get visa on arrival.

Parijat said...

Hi by profession I am a mechanical engineer staying in Saudi Arabia for last 7 months. Can get a visa on arrival in dubai? My iqama also shows my category as a mechanical engineer. I checked the emirates site there I read that min I have to stay in Saudi for one year then only I am eligible to get visa on arrival. Is that right?

Wasim Akram said...

Hi My name is Wasim and I want to go go on Visit to Dubai for a month, My Profession is Accounting Technician,Can I get a Visa on arrival for 1 month? please advise. thanks for your help

Anonymous said...

Hi
I am an Indian national residing and working in Saudi Arabia as a Mechanical Engineer(iqama Category : mechanical engineer) for last 7 months.

If I carry my original iqama and Saudi govt. Stamped exit- reentry visa on my passport to visit Dubai for say 5 days, can I get UAE visa on arrival at Dubai airport?

The Pink Tarha said...

TO READERS:

Unfortunately, we cannot entertain and answer your questions if your profession is valid for a visa-on-arrival. WE ARE NOT THE UAE EMBASSY. Our NOTE below the entry reads as follows:

NOTE: To all those who are asking if their job positions in their iqama will entitle them to a visa-on-arrival, we cannot say for sure. We can not confirm this so please, call the UAE Embassy for proper verification. We don't want you to get in trouble just in case we say yes, you are entitled to it, and end up having problems when you arrive in the immigration.

THANK YOU.

Amin said...

Hi this is Amin Shaikh an Indian currently resided in KSA, Riyadh. My profession in Iqama is General Accountant, I have few questions as follows :
1) I will go to India first and from there to Dubai = Is there any problem in obtaining on a visa on arrival?
2) Is my profession eligible for on arrival visa?
NOTE : I am holding a valid GCC visa.

Anonymous said...

Hi Admin!
I am a holding a Philippine Passport. In my iqama stated that I'm a teacher and planning to visit my husband in Abudhabie for 15 days my question is.. am I eligible for a visa-on-arrival?Thank you so much.

Anonymous said...

Greetings,
My profession in my iqama is "Financial Analyst", will I get the visa on arrival?
incase I dont get the visa there how can I comeback to city from there?
I am planning to go by SAPTCO bus with my family.
Please help
Regards
M Khan

Sheikh Ahsan Iqbal said...

HI I am working in Abdul Latif Jameel (Komatsu) and i have a meeting there, my profession is Electrical Technician so can i get Visa on arrival ? please reply me ASAP as my flight is 12 Nov 2013.

The Pink Tarha said...

@Sheikh: I don't think an "eletrical technician" as profession in your iqama is enough to get you a visa on arrival. It must be of higher professions like engineer, doctor, etc.

Anonymous said...

Hi
Im a house wife my husband is an engineer n now a days in dubai for a meeting.i want to join him.fo I need a visit visa or I can get visa on landing.
Thanx

The Pink Tarha said...

@Anonymous 12:46PM: If your husband is an engineer and it says so in his iqama, then you and him can get a visa-on-arrival. However, he needs to be with you when you go to the UAE so that you can avail of the visa-on-arrival. You can't go to UAE alone and get a visa-on-arrival without your husband.

Anonymous said...

How long will it take to get visit visa gor me.is it possible to get visa online in two days

Anonymous said...

Can I get visit visa online. How long will it take.

Anonymous said...

sir I am working as doctor in saudia. I want to resign and go to dubai in search of job.
when I complete my resignation and get final exit can I go directly to dubai on visit visa????
my iqama will still be valid for more than 6months after my resignation completion

Anonymous said...

Dear Sir,
I am living in riyadh.I am planning to visit UAE in the month of April 2014(from 11 April 2014 to 15 April 2014) with my family.I am a resident of Saudi Arabia holding iqama here.My profession in Iqama is Public Accountant .Can you please tell me what are the requirements, If I want to obtain Visa from UAE embassy(Riyadh).My Iqama is expiring on 24 June 2014.I am not sure that the airline will allow me to travel to UAE, as the validity of iqama will be less than 3 month.Can I obtain visa from UAE embassy and travel to UAE.We are pakistani national.



Please let me know




Regards,

Mohammad Ahsan

Anonymous said...

hi, I am working in Saudi Telecom Company as Telecommunication technician as my profession in my Iqama. I would like to know if i am qualified to get visa upon arrival in Dubai, pls i need advise. thank you

far said...

I wan to know do i need exit re entry visa from saudi if i ve saudi iqama and doctor.can i go without exit re entry visa from saudi.

The Pink Tarha said...

Hi Far, everyone who is going out of Saudi Arabia, regardless of the country where they're going, needs an exit/re-entry visa.

Anonymous said...

Hi Pink Tarha,
I want to visit Abu Dhabi, I am working as nurse in Saudi Arabia and I will be going for vacation to Philippines on December 28, am I allowed to take visa upon arrival when I come back from Manila going to Abu Dhabi then Madinah?
Thanks and more power!

Ismael said...

Hi Ms. Pink Tarha,

Im Ismael - Filipino. Is Quality Control profession in my iqama valid for visit visa upon arrival to UAE. I am a QC Inspector in Construction Engineering. Salamat!

Ismael said...

Dear Ms. Pink,

Also, You have mentioned that Technician is not allowed to get visit visa upon arrival in UAE. However, in Bahrain - Mechanical Technician is ok...is it because they are different state. All I know technician is ok...Am I correct?

The Pink Tarha said...

@Anonymous 8:07PM: We're not really sure about nurses because it depends. As far as we know, nurses can get visa-on-arrival if they're working on government hospitals. Not sure for private clinics/hospitals though. Kindly call the UAE embassy. Thanks.

@Ismael: Bahrain and the UAE are not just different states, they are different countries with different rules on tourists. As far as we know, if you're iqama is not of high profession like engineers or doctors, you will not be given a visa-on-arrival. But also, we are not from the UAE embassy and are not experts on this so please call the UAE embassy to be sure.

Rizwan Pilakkal said...

Dear Ms Pink,

I am living in Jeddah. planning to visit DSF last of January .My profession in Iqama is Architectural Draftsman.it is enough to get visa on arrival ?need to verify iqama copy from chamber of commerce or company stamp?

Anonymous said...

Hello admin,

Im a nurse working at a government hospital in saudi.My iqama says nurse as my profession. Am i eligible for visa on arrival to dubai? Thank you.

Hammad Ali said...

Hello,
Can the wife of a Saudi resident (having the profession Engineer in iqama) be issued an on-arrival visa at dubai airport, if she is travelling ALONE?

The Pink Tarha said...

@Rizwan: Draftsman might not be enough to be valid for a visa-on-arrival. Kindly call the UAE embassy for a concrete answer.

@Anonymous: As far as we know, yes you are eligible but kindly check with the UAE embassy again for a more concrete answer.

@Hammad: Is your wife Saudi also? As far as we know, the UAE grants the citizens of the GCCs a visa-free entry.

Anonymous said...

Hello Pink Tarha. I will travel to abudhabi from KSA. I am a nurse working in a government hospital in KSA. can i have the arrival visa in abudhabi airport?

The Pink Tarha said...

@Anonymous 11:48AM: As far as we know, you can get a visa-on-arrival.

Anonymous said...

Hi pink tarha. I just want to ask for how long does a visa-on-arrival last? Does the duration of your stay vary depending on the amount paid for the visa? Or is it fixed for a specified period of time? Please shed a light on this as I am planning to go visit my sister in Dubai. And hopefully, if God permits, mag-work na rin sana dun with her. Anyhow, thanks in advance.

Anonymous said...

Hi mam.. can i bring my car to dubai..im frm riyadh..my previous travel thru plane, i can have my visa on arrival there. How about if i travel by land?? Is there any requirements aside frm visa thanks..

joanne sosa said...

Hi! I'm a filipina Nurse here in Najran,ksa..i will just like to inquire on how I can get a visit visa to dubai?..because my boyfriend is there and I want to stay there after my contract here..thanks so much! I will wait for your feedback

Lee Watch said...

TO ALL NURSES from PRIVATE CLINICs in KSA, It is ok to get a Visa on Arrival in Dubai just bring along your iqama. It would cost you around AED 200... I just wanted to share I visited Dubai together with my Dentist but I already got a tourist visa ahead since I wasn't sure... In the immigration they told me next time I can just get a visa on arrival...

The Pink Tarha said...

@Lee Watch: Thanks for sharing the information.

FOR EVERYONE: As we've said, we will no longer answer inquiries on whether your profession can get a visa-on-arrival. We are not the UAE Embassy and we do not know for sure. So please, call the UAE embassy to ask. Thank you.

The Pink Tarha said...

@Anonymous 1:02AM: The duration of stay depends on the visa that you will be getting. The usual length is one month.

@Anonymous 8:42PM: When traveling by land and using your car, you must have the documents of your car. Make sure that it's yours and paid. If not fully-paid then you may need a permission from your insurance/bank. If it's a company car, then you need the permission of your company and all the documents that they own the car, etc.

Anonymous said...

Hi pink tarha. Iam a cabin crew working for an airline here in ksa. Just recently, we've been issued an iqama so im not sure if we can get visa upon arrival going to dxb.Do you think its possible? Thanks!:)

Amjad Kharrat said...

Hi there,,

I need to visit Dubai for a few days , but am not sure about my passport period,
is it 6 months at least or 3 months !

Thank you

KCaryl Mijares said...

heLLo...

i'm planning to go to Abu dHabi to visit a friend but i'll take Flydubai airlines for their promo fare.. can i get my visa on arrival in DUbai airport in going to abU dhabi or its just the same.. I mean visa on arrival taken in duBai can also be used when you go to abu Dhabi?? thank you..

Wajeeha Einy said...

Do I need to visit dubai with my father from ksa if I m under his sponsorship?? Can I get on arrival visa if I travel alone ?
Thanks

The Pink Tarha said...

@Wajeeha: The answer to your question is in the entry. Kindly read it first. Thank you! :)

Anonymous said...

Dear Sir

I am Indian but live in KSA with my wife. My Iqama is "sales reps". my question is, can my wife visit Dubai without me? would she get visa at the airport?

thankx

The Pink Tarha said...

@Anonymous 12:33AM: If she's under your sponsorship, no she cannot have a visa-on-arrival.

Nudi John said...

I am currently KSA residence, do i requires a prior hotel booking in order to obtain a UAE visit visa from dubai airport. I am travelling for weekend.

The Pink Tarha said...

@Nudi: It will be more convenient to have a ready proof that you have a place to stay in the UAE when the immigration officer asks.

Anonymous said...

Hi pink tarha,

I just want to ask your opinion. I am under family visa(dad's an engineer). My qatar id says im unemployed (not sure of the exact title) but i have a work permit from my employer that says im an engineer. Do you think ill be able to get a visa on arrival? I'd also like to ask abiut my mom. Can she also get a visa on arrival? Coz as per their reqt, all dependents of engineers (mom and me) are eligible, but it doesn't necessarily require my dad to accompany us?

Tia! :)

Jak said...

Hi,

i will be travelling to Dubai from dammam in a month or so. I am an engineer by profession and the profession in my iqama also states the same.

Is it necessary to have your original Iqama while issuing a visa on arrival or just the copy of it will do the purpose??

Musthafa Mp said...

Dear Sir,
What are the formalities for moving to UAE from Saudi through my company car?
my iqama Sales Rep.
Pls reply...Thanks..

Musthafa Mp said...

Dear Sir,

What are the formalities for moving to Dubai from Saudi through my compani car ?
My iqama profession Sales Rep.

Pls reply .....thanks

ANAS PALLIPATH said...

to get transit visa, is there any rule required minimum validity in ikama for saudi ikama holders?

ANAS PALLIPATH said...

i have 4 months validity in my ikama. is there any problem to get transit visa to dubai?

ANAS PALLIPATH said...

to get transit visa, is there any rule required minimum validity in ikama for saudi ikama holders?

Anonymous said...

Hello admin...I am a housemaid in jeddah,ksa...my friend working in Dubai will send me a visit visa....would it be possible for me to visit Dubai after my contract ends? What would be the possible steps to get there? Should my employer know about this?

Anonymous said...

Hello admin...I am a housemaid from jeddah ksa...my friend working in Dubai will send me visit visa...would it be possible for me to visit Dubai after my contract ends? What would be the best steps to get there? Should I tell my employer about this? Pls reply :)

jahmhil ruckus said...

I am currently a nurse working in KSA, Dammam. I have Nurse written as profession in my iqama. My iqama is going to expire November 17, 2014. I will go visit my girlfriend in Dubai. May 5, 2014 will be my planned flight to Dubai and return to KSA will be on May 11,2014. Can I get a visa on arrival? I'm just worried that my Vacation is almost exactly 6 months before my iqama expires. (May-June-July-August-September-October-November) I'm just too paranoid. haha.

jahmhil ruckus said...

I read your message regarding that you will not entertain anymore questions regarding profession. I apologize for my previous query. I would just like to know about the iqama validity. Mine is expiring November 17, 2014 and I will be going on vacation May 5, 2014 for one week. I would like to know if it is still valid for me to be able to get a visa on arrival. Hope you will entertain my question. Thanks a lot. Also, do I require only a copy of my iqama or the original iqama?

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