The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has discontinued the issuance of three-month visit visas.
An executive from the Federal Authority For Identity, Citizenship, Customs & Port Security (ICP) call centre has confirmed to Khaleej Times that three-month visas are no longer an option for visitors to the UAE.
According to the call centre executive, “The three-month entry permit was available a few months ago, but not anymore. Visitors to the UAE can now opt for either 30- or 60-day visas.” Furthermore, the executive noted that travel agencies can issue these alternative durations.
Khaleej Times they gathered further confirmation from travel agents, who reported that the option to request a three-month visit visa is currently unavailable on the portal they use to issue permits.
It’s worth noting that the three-month visit visa had been temporarily discontinued during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a 60-day option being introduced as a replacement. However, the three-month scheme was reinstated as a leisure visa in May.
In Dubai, a 90-day visa is being issued to visitors who are first-degree relatives of UAE residents. Amer, a service provider, confirmed this, stating that residents can bring their parents or relatives on the three-month scheme.
However, several agents have now reported that the issuance of three-month visit visas has been temporarily suspended. Firoz Maliyakkal, founder and CEO of Tahira Tours and Travels, explained, “As per the information we have received, the issuance of long-term leisure visas has been stopped temporarily. The demand for this visa increased slightly due to the winter months ahead.”
For those seeking extended stays in the UAE, there are various other visa options available, including:
Job Exploration Visa: This visa allows individuals to enter the UAE to search for employment opportunities without requiring a guarantor or host. It is available for 60, 90, and 120 days with a single-entry permit. Fees range from Dh200 for 60 days to Dh400 for 120 days, with a Dh1,000 security deposit.
5-Year Multiple Entry Visa: This visa permits multiple entries into the UAE through self-sponsorship, allowing a 90-day stay during each visit. Visa holders can extend their stay for 90 days without leaving the country.
Green Visa: Issued for three categories – Investor/partner, high-level skilled worker, and self-employment; the Green Visa requires applicants to submit supporting documents, including a six-month bank statement.
Search for Investment Opportunities Visa (Single Entry): Designed for investors seeking business opportunities in the UAE, this visa is available for 60, 90, and 120 days. It enables the issuance of a single-entry visa without requiring a guarantor or host.