United Arab Emirates – Changes to Validity of 30-day Visa on Arrival

National’s eligible for a 30-day visa on arrival has been recalculated by the United Arab Emirates.  Previously, the 30-day visa on arrival would reset if the foreign national exited the UAE.  Effective immediately, the 30-day visa on arrival is only valid for 40 days, which includes a 10 day grace period, regardless if the foreign national exits and re-enters the UAE.

A fine of 200 Dirhams, along with a penalty of 100 Dirhams for each day stay passed the visa validity, will be imposed amongst foreign nationals who overstay their trip.  In order to remain in the UAE, the national must apply for a renewal or exit and re-enter the UAE after the visa has expired to obtain a new 30-day visa on arrival.

The UAE allows the following nationals of these countries to obtain a 30-day visa on arrival:

  • Andorra;
  • Australia;
  • Brunei;
  • Canada;
  • Hong Kong;
  • Ireland;
  • Japan;
  • Malaysia;
  • Monaco;
  • New Zealand;
  • San Marino;
  • Singapore;
  • South Korea;
  • United Kingdom;
  • United States; and
  • The Vatican.