If you want to get away from dark and dreary Britain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a fantastic place to travel to. The UAE consists of these seven city-states: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Umm al Quwain, and Ras al Khaimah.
Abu Dhabi and Dubai are two of the most popular tourist destinations worldwide. Both cities have many incredible places that are perfect for visiting. Cities in the UAE are a gorgeous mix of stunning modern architecture, desert, and the sea.
If all of that sounds great to you, read on for a complete guide to all your visa options for your UAE trip!
Visa On Arrival
UK citizens with British passports need visas to enter the UAE. One of the most straightforward visas to get is a visa on arrival (VOA) once you land at the airport, and you need to declare whether you’re entering the country for tourist, transit, or business purposes.
The UAE VOA has a maximum stay period of 30 days. Once you leave the country, the visa is terminated automatically. This means you can’t re-enter the UAE after you leave, even if it’s within the validity period. On your next visit, you will have to apply for another VOA.
If you want or need to stay in the UAE for longer than 30 days, you can apply for an extension twice. Every extension merits you a 30-day extension. Therefore, you can stay in the UAE for a maximum of 90 days in one VOA application.
Note that British Overseas Citizens and British National Overseas passport holders will need to obtain a visa from the UAE Embassy before their flight to the UAE.
British-UAE VOA requirements include:
British passport with a minimum validity of 6 months from date of entry
Proof of funds to support your stay in the UAE, in the form of bank statements, cash, or cards
Original copies of airline tickets
If visiting for business purposes, you may be asked to present proof
Long-Term Stay In The UAE
As with any other country, visitors to the UAE are not allowed to engage in paid work while on a VOA. If you are seeking employment in the UAE, you need to apply for a probationary work permit with the UAE Ministry of Labour. This permit is valid for three months. If you are caught working on a VOA, you may be fined, jailed, or deported.
If you want to work or live in the UAE in the long term, you can apply for an employment and residency visa. This can only be obtained through your UAE employer and is usually issued for two years.
Once your employment period ends, you need to cancel your work visa, repay all your debts, and resolve any ongoing issues with your employer before leaving the country. If you fail to resolve any disputes, you can be refused exit from the UAE.
Before booking a flight to the UAE, double-check with your airline about any updates or changes in the regulations for entry. Make sure to have all entry requirements on hand before you board your flight. Once you get through immigration, you can have the time of your life in the UAE!
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