Tourist Visas are available to all nationalities, except Israeli passport holders, and must be prearranged, usually through a hotel but possibly also through an airline or other travel related company (new visa rules after July 2008). Hotels, travel agents, airlines and other companies will usually only arrange a Tourist Visa for a customer. Citizens of one of the free visa on arrival countries ( see the list below) can obtain a UAE Visit Visa (different from a Tourist Visa) on arrival at any border entry point to the UAE simply by presenting their passport at passport control. To obtain a tourist visa for Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, our best understanding is you should do one of the following:
Visit visas can be obtained on arrival in Dubai and UAE if you are a national of one of the 33 (or 34 or 36) countries in the following table. No prior arrangements need to be made and the visa stamp is free when arriving at Dubai International Airport, Abu Dhabi Airport, or other airports. You might have to pay 20 or 30 dhs at UAE land borders. Nationals of these countries can also get their UAE visas renewed more easily, for example by driving to Oman and back (but confirm you can get an Omani visa at the border first).
Finland France Germany Greece Holland (Netherlands)
|Hong Kong Iceland Ireland Italy Japan Liechtenstein Luxembourg Malta Malaysia Monaco Netherlands (Holland) New Zealand||Norway Paraguay² Portugal San Marino Singapore South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom United States Vatican City|
Some country spellings are slightly different on the DNRD website, with our guess
Resident visa holders in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia) of any nationality might be able to obtain a visit visa on arrival in the UAE. Confirm with an airline, UAE embassy, or UAE immigration department before travelling though, information about this type of visa seems to be sketchy (possibly to allow passport control officers more flexibility in admitting or rejecting travellers when they arrive in the UAE).