An entry permit is issued to a foreigner to enter the UAE to finalise his/her residence visa procedures. In this case, the entry permit is valid for:
- 2 months for normal visas and green residence visas (whose duration is 1 to 5 years) and
- 6 months with multiple entries for golden visas.
An entry permit is issued also for short visits to the UAE for a specific purpose like treatment, a mission, tourism, transit, attending an event, visiting a family member, or exploring business or job opportunities. An entry permit issued for these purposes is commonly called a visit visa, a tourist visa or a transit visa.
Validity of entry permits after entering the UAE for purposes other than residence, ranges from 2 days (transit visa) to 5 years (Multiple Entry Long Term Tourist Visa - 5 Years). The validity period depends on the type and purpose of the entry permit.
The party sponsoring the person who wants to enter the UAE will handle the entry permit transaction through GDRFA’s online and offline channels. The sponsor could be a company from the private sector, a public entity, a relative, a UAE-based airline or a hotel and so on.
ICP has standardised the fines for overstaying in the UAE. According to the new rules, fines for overstaying on a visit, tourist and residence visa is AED 50 per day, to be calculated from 10 days after the expiry of the visa.
Check your visa validity on eChannels platform of the ICA or on the website of Dubai GDRFA.