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UAE transit visa cost and process: All you need to know

by Tanvir Awan
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There are two types of UAE transit visas, each with its own duration and cost. A free 48-hour visa and a Dhs50 96-hour visa. Both visas come with specific requirements and cannot be extended or renewed, so make sure to plan your stay accordingly.

48-Hour UAE Transit Visa

This transit visa is valid for 48 hours and is completely free of charge. It can only be sponsored by UAE-based airlines and must be processed and approved before your arrival in the UAE. Remember, this visa cannot be extended or renewed.

Your 48-hour countdown starts from the moment you enter the UAE, so make sure to leave within that time.

Requirements for a 48-Hour UAE Transit Visa

To apply for this visa, you need:

  • A passport or travel document with a minimum validity of three months.
  • A photo of yourself with a white background.
  • An onward ticket booking to a third destination different from where you came from.

Application Process

  • Visit the official website of the ICP here or use the smart application (ICAUAE).
  • Choose the “48-Hour Transit Visa” service.
  • Fill in the necessary information for both the sponsor and the sponsored person.
  • Pay any required fees, if applicable.
  • Attach the required documents and a personal photo.
  • Once approved, you will receive an entry permit via email.

96-Hour UAE Transit Visa

This transit visa allows you to stay in the UAE for 96 hours and costs Dhs50. Similar to the 48-hour visa, it can only be sponsored by UAE-based airlines and cannot be extended or renewed. Your 96-hour countdown begins when you enter the UAE, so be sure to depart within this time frame.

Requirements for a 96-Hour Transit Visa

To apply for this visa, you need:

  • A passport or travel document with a minimum validity of six months.
  • A photo of yourself with a white background.
  • An onward ticket booking to a third destination different from your point of origin.

It’s important to note that no extra fees can be imposed by any federal, local, or private entity for these visas. A departure fee of Dhs30 is applicable to each passenger passing through the UAE’s airports.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Can I apply for a UAE transit visa upon arrival at the airport?

No, you cannot apply for a UAE transit visa upon arrival at the airport. Transit visas must be processed and approved in advance through a UAE-based airline before you arrive in the UAE. It’s important to plan and apply for your transit visa ahead of your travel.

Q2: Can I extend or renew my UAE transit visa if I need more time in the country?

No, both the 48-hour and 96-hour UAE transit visas are not extendable or renewable. You must leave the UAE within the specified time frame for your visa type (48 or 96 hours) from the moment you enter the country.

Q3: Are there any additional fees or charges imposed on UAE transit visa holders?

No, according to the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security (ICP), no extra fees or additional amounts can be imposed by any federal, local, or private entity for these transit visas. However, please be aware that a departure fee of Dhs30 is applicable to each passenger passing through the UAE’s airports.

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