Dh3,000 Cash/Credit, Return Ticket, Stay Details Must for Travellers on UAE Visit Visa

Strict checks at airports; passengers who do not meet the requirements have reported being detained

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Pavitra Shetty

Published on May 27, 2024, 09:52:43


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The UAE has issued new visiting visa guidelines that require passengers to carry certain documents and funds to ensure a smooth entry process.

Travellers on visit visas must carry Dh3,000 in cash or credit, a valid return ticket, and proof of accommodation. These measures are being enforced to prevent overstaying and ensure visitors have the necessary resources.

Strict checks are being conducted at airports, and passengers who do not meet these requirements have reported being detained or stranded. Some passengers who failed to meet the requirements said they were barred from boarding their flights, while others reported being stranded at airports.

Travelers on Dubai visit visas are urged to carry Dh3,000 in cash, a valid return ticket, and proof of accommodation before going on a flight to the emirate, tourism agencies say.

Authorities are ensuring strict entry guidelines are followed. Some passengers who failed to meet the requirements said they were stopped at Indian airports and barred from boarding their flights.

Others reported being stranded at airports in Dubai. People traveling to Dubai must have a valid visa with a passport having a validity of at least six months. Additionally, they must carry a confirmed return ticket.

“Authorities are conducting these checks to ensure that individuals have the proper requisites for their stay in the country. As the number of overstaying cases increases, authorities are ensuring that anyone traveling to the country has the required funds in hand for their stay, proof of accommodation and a return ticket,” says Sam Sunny, who works as a public relations officer in Dubai.

These checks were already in place, but now, checks are being done to ensure that travellers are carrying enough money as proof of funds to sustain their stay in Dubai.

The required amount is any currency equivalent to Dh3,000 in cash or credit card. One must also provide a valid proof of accommodation in the UAE; this can be either a relative's or friend’s home or a hotel booking.

Travel agents noted that this rule has been in place for a long time, but authorities have tightened monitoring for the benefit of travelers.
According to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, individuals entering the UAE on a visit visa must have either a travel ticket for onward travel or a return ticket to leave the UAE.

Airport checks are being conducted to safeguard travellers arriving in Dubai. There have been many cases of overstaying. This step by the authorities will positively impact the tourism sector of the emirate.

“While travelling from Kochi to Dubai, Spice Jet staff were inquiring whether passengers held visit visas or employment visas. They also ensured that those with visit visas had an adequate amount in their account to show the immigration authorities,” said Shreya, who travelled from Kochi on May 19.

Further, many passengers on visit visas were asked to show proof of accommodation along with Dh3,500, she added.

“The airport staff mentioned that the UAE will not allow anyone to enter the country without showing a valid hotel stay for the duration of their visit visa or carrying Dh5,000 in cash as dirhams,” Shreya added.

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