United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

The below provides a high level summary of immigration requirements for the United Arab Emirates. Whether a traveler may enter as a business visitor or requires a work permit depends on the traveler's nationality, duration of stay and activities in the country.

Allowable Activities

  • Attending business meetings and discussions 
  • Attending a conference or seminar as an unpaid participant
  • Giving classroom-style training

Basic Requirements

 To be considered a business visitor, the foreign national must show:

  • That the purpose of the visit is specific, determined prior to applying, and limited to 30 or 90 days (depending on the visa originally requested by the host company or the term of the visa-on-arrival, as applicable)
  • Proof of hotel reservation and round trip airline reservation
  • Passport valid for a minimum of 6 months past intended departure

Maximum Period Stay

The maximum amount of time a person is permitted to be in UAE as a business visitor is 30 days or 90 days in free zone areas. Depending on the free zone location, a 30-day visa can be converted into multiple-entry visa valid for 6 months (180 days) within seven days of arrival. The application must be submitted in the same free zone where the first visa was issued. Business visits for the mainland are generally limited to 14 days. However, in the mainland, a business visa can be requested through a travel agency or tourism company, which can issue visas valid for 30 days or 90 days, single-entry or multiple-entry.

Work Permit Types

There are two main types of work permits available in the UAE depending on whether the applicant is visiting the Mainland or a Free Zone. The two main types of work permits are the Employment Permit and the Mission Visa.

Maximum Period Stay

Maximum periods of stay range from 90 days for the Mission Visa and three years for the Employment Permit.