The visa policy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is made up of regulations, laws, and restrictions placed by the UAE government on all foreign travelers that wish to enter the country.
The visa policy establishes the visa requirements for different countries to travel to the UAE, which can differ depending on the traveler’s nationality, the purpose of the visit and the expected amount of time spent inside the United Arab Emirates.
Currently, the visa law of the UAE grants almost all citizens of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries free-movement across their borders, with the exception of Qatari passport holders.
Several other foreign citizens are also listed as visa-free to travel to the UAE, with the period of stay permitted differing according to their nationality.
Citizens of countries not listed as visa-exempt are required to obtain an approved visa before their intended arrival in the UAE. This may differ between an electronic visa (eVisa), a visa on arrival, or an embassy visa depending on nationality and the purpose of the stay,
An eVisa for tourism in Bahrain can be easily obtained by completing a quick online application form with personal and passport information.
Around 20 nationalities are required to obtain a visa on arrival to enter the UAE. This can be applied for once the visitor arrives at any airport in the UAE, although it often involves waiting in long lines at an immigration checkpoint.
There are also 40 additional nationalities that are required to obtain a traditional embassy visa for the UAE, no matter the purpose or duration of travel. This must be applied for in person at the nearest diplomatic office of the UAE to the traveler.
Nationals of Israel are currently banned from entry to the UAE and cannot obtain a visa for the Emirates.
Below you can learn more about the United Arab Emirates visa regulations for citizens of every country.