1) British Passport Holders
Holders of full British passports (travel documents are not accepted) will be granted a free of charge visitor/tourist visa upon arrival in the UAE. No application in advance of travel is needed. Your passport will be stamped with the visa as you pass through Immigration at any of the International airports in the UAE. The visa issued at the airport for British passports holders is valid for 30 days – plus a 10 day grace period. If you wish to stay longer, you may make a request with the Immigration Officer at the airport or contact the local General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs at least three days prior to the expiry date (chargeable services).
Passport Validity: Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into the UAE. There are no exemption procedures provided via the Consulate.
British Overseas Territory passport holders require a visa to be arranged before travel for entry to the UAE.
2)Nationalities that do not require a visa to be arranged before travel to the UAE
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nationals do not require a visa to enter the UAE.
Passport holders of the countries listed below will be granted a free of charge 30 day visa on arrival in the UAE. No application in advance of travel is needed. Your passport will be stamped with the Visit Visa as you pass through Immigration at any of the airports in the UAE.
People's Republic of China
United States of America
Passport holders of the countries listed below will be granted a free of charge 90 day multiple entry visit visa on arrival in the UAE, valid for 6 months from the date of issue, and for a stay of 90 days in total. No application in advance of travel is needed. Your passport will be stamped with the visit visa as you pass through Immigration at any of the International airports in the UAE.
Republic of Kiribati
Passport Validity: Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into the UAE. There are no exemption procedures provided via the Consulate
3) Nationalities that require a visa to be arranged before travel to the UAE
Important: The UAE embassy in London does not issue Visitor / Tourist visas.
You will require a visa to be arranged before travel, if you hold a passport which is not stated in the lists above. The UAE embassy in London does not issue visitor/tourist visas. Please contact one of the following:
4) UAE Residents
5) Other Queries
Those who hold UK residency status, but are nationals of a country not listed in the "nationalities that do not require a visa before travelling to the UAE" lists, will be required to obtain a visa before travelling to the UAE.
Those who hold Indian Passports with UK residency status (e.g. indefinite leave to remain, spouse visa) valid for more than 6 months are eligible for a 14 days visa costing 100AED upon arrival in the UAE. This visa can be extended for a maximum of another 14 days. You must carry your BRP card, or the passport which holds your residency sticker.
Please note that the UK residency must be in form of a BRP card or Sticker.
You can contact the UAE directorate of residency and foreigner’s affairs for further clarification: https://gdrfad.gov.ae/en
Holders of a UK "Travel Document" cannot apply for visa and are not eligible for a visa on arrival.
If you are going to be carrying temporary work in the UAE, you may be required to obtain a mission work permit from the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE). Please contact your sponsor or host company whether you need this type of visa.
Alternatively, you can contact MOHRE directly on:
Website (online chat service available): https://www.mohre.gov.ae/en/home.aspx
6) Diplomatic and High Commission Visa Requests
The requests for visas submitted by embassies and high commissions are received and processed by the consular section of the UAE embassy.
The following is required:
Processing time is 10 working days. No charge is applicable for visas requested by embassies and high commissions.
7) Entry Permits for Lost Passports
NOTE: The Consulate no longer issues entry permits for lost passports. Please contact your sponsor/PRO and follow the relevant procedures.
8) Carrying Medication to the UAE FAQ
I am transiting through the UAE (not leaving the airport), do I need approval for me medication?
Transit passengers who are not leaving the airport do not need prior approval for their medication from MOHAP (providing the medication is not prohibited, please check the answer below for how to check the list of controlled medication). Simply carry a copy of your prescription and letter from your doctor.
Does my medication need prior approval before travelling to the UAE?
Please note that not all medication require the process of approval. Please contact the UAE MOHAP costumer service line quoting the names of your medication to enquire whether you need to apply for approval before travel or not. Tel: 00971 800 11111. Live Chat: http://www.mohap.gov.ae
How do I apply for approval to take my medication to the UAE?
Please follow these steps:
Please contact MOHAP directly if you wish to follow up on your application.
I am travelling urgently and I have not received a reply from MOHAP regarding my medication, what should I do?
Contact the MOHAP via the customer service telephone, livechat or email quoting your application reference number
Tel: 00971 800 11111
My application for taking my medication has been rejected, what should I do?
Contact the MOHAP via the customer service telephone or email quoting your application reference number
Tel: 00971 800 11111
I am having technical difficulties submitting my medication application online, what should I do?
Please note that the embassy does not receive or process medical application. All applications are processed by MOHAP. Please contact them directly if you have any technical difficulties:
Tel: 00971 800 11111
Any other Queries regarding medication
Please note that the embassy does not receive or process medical application. All applications are processed by MOHAP. Please contact them directly if you have any further queries:
Tel: 00971 800 11111
9) UAE Driving License Exchange
To submit an online application for a "To whom it may concern” certificate-license Data verification letter. Please follow the following steps:
Visit the link: https://www.moi.gov.ae/en/default.aspx
Sign in with a username and password.
Choose Smart Services from the page header
From the E-Services menu, choose the service from the driving licensing tab that falls under the traffic services.
You can submit a new request by clicking on the “New Request” button. The list of previously submitted requests is displayed and can be downloaded.
Select purpose use and address to then click on the next button.
The total fees for issuing certificates will be displayed, click on Next to go to the payment screen.
After the payment is completed, users can download and print the certificate.
10) Contact Information
You can send us your query to our regularly monitored email email@example.com
Please note that we may not answer all phone calls. We advise you to send us an email instead.
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