Are you thinking about taking a trip over to the city of the moment, Dubai?
With its ‘above the cloud’ skyscrapers, fast cars, super yachts, beach clubs and world class dining, there is no surprise that visitors to Dubai are rising year on year.
As a South African, you will need to apply for a visa for your trip. Here is what you need to know.
You must be granted your visa before you travel
This is very important. It will not be possible to obtain your visa when you arrive in the country.
You will not need a visa if your layover is less than 8 hours. You will however need to remain at the airport.
How to apply for a visa?
To apply for a visa for Dubai and the UAE, you will need to submit your application with the UAE Embassy in Pretoria, or through the VFS Global Websites, through Emirates or with Etihad.
When to apply for a visa?
You cannot apply for your visa earlier than 3 months before you travel. Visas take between 3 to 4 working days to be approved.
Types for visa’s available
There are multiple different visa types available to you.
The above listed visas are valid for 60 days from the date of issue to the date that you enter Dubai/UAE, except for the 96-hour visa which is valid for 30days from date of issue.
You will also need to make sure that you have at least 6 months validity after your planned departure from the UAE left on your passport.
UAE Visa requirements
You will need the following documents to enable you to apply for your visa to visit the UAE.
Where to apply
The UAE Embassy, Pretoria: http://uae-embassy.ae/embassies/za
992 Arcadia St, Arcadia
+27 12 342 7736 / email@example.com
Dubai Visa Processing Centres
DVPC – Johannesburg
Sandton City, Office Tower, 2nd floor, Sandton
011 783 0410 / 011 783 1941
DVPC – Cape Town
5th Floor, Strand Building, 47 On Strand Street, Cape Town
021 423 6573
DVPC – Durban
Unit – 6, Crystal Rock, 16 Solstice Road, Umhlanga Ridge New Town, Umhlanga Ridge
031 584 7153
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