Author – Varun Vagish
I got UAE Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa for 5 years in 2021. Now I can visit Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Sharjah for tourism, shopping, or to use the country as a transit point and take another flight (without getting grilled by airlines in India, which has now become a norm lately). In this article, I am going to share the details of this visa’s features, cost, required documents and the whole process of getting it without an agent.
I have also made two videos in Hindi/Urdu explaining the process of filling up the online application form so that you can apply for the visa on your own. I have reviewed the overall experience of getting this visa and some crucial inputs which have not been shared anywhere till now.
Update – I have used this visa 5 times till 2022 for entry into UAE. The Immigration in India & UAE was pretty smooth. I have shared the details below. You can also watch the video in Hindi, based on my travelling experience using this Multiple Entry Visa.
FAQs – UAE Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa for 5 years
How to get Dubai multi-entry visa for Indians?
UAE’s Multiple Entry Tourist Visa is applicable for all nationalities. So irrespective of your nationality status, you are eligible to apply for this category of visa. This is a national visa, i.e. it covers all the Emirates of the United Arab Emirates, including Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. So you can enter anywhere using the UAE multiple entry visa, be it Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah or Ras al Khaimah or any other place.
Do we need an agent to apply for UAE’s Visa?
Usually, tourist visas for Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah or other Emirates are applied through a travel agency. They charge their own fee with the actual visa fee. However, the Multiple-entry Tourist visa with 5 years validity is totally an online process and quite easy. So no need to pay an agent to get this visa. You can watch the 2 videos I have made on this topic for more clarity.
Do we need a sponsor for UAE Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa for 5 years?
This is a self-sponsored visa. So there is no need for a sponsor. However, you have to fulfil the requirements and furnish the documents listed further in this article.
Do we need a Travel history to get UAE Multiple entry visa?
When I applied for the visa in 2021 applicants were not asked to furnish details about their previous international trips. So No Travel history is needed for this category of visa.
How easy is the UAE Multi-Entry Visa Procedure?
The process of getting a UAE Tourist visa for 5-year Multiple Entries is pretty easy. After getting the desired documents ready, It took me hardly 5 minutes to fill up, pay and submit the online application form. I got a confirmation email that included the request number and receipt number.
Which is the official website for applying Dubai 5-year Multiple Entry Tourist Visa?
There are 2 different websites.
If you wish to apply through Dubai, then GDRFA’s website – https://www.gdrfad.gov.ae/en is your platform.
If you wish to apply through Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Al Ain and the Al Dhafra (Western region), then ICA’s website, www.ica.gov.ae is the right platform. This was my choice for my application. Watch the video shared above to learn the step-by-step process.
Beware of fake and fraudulent websites.
Cost of UAE 5-year tourist visa for Indians?
The UAE’s Multi-entry visa with 5 years validity costs 650 AED, which is equivalent to 13,300 Indian Rupees. This is what I paid in 2021.
What is the processing time for this visa?
After submitting my visa application for the Multiple Entry visa for UAE, I got an email from ICA after 5 days, mentioning my visa application had been approved.
How to track the application status for UAE Multiple Entry Tourist Visa?
The application status for the 5-year Multiple-Entry Tourist visa can be tracked online at https://beta.smartservices.ica.gov.ae/ if you have applied through the ICA portal. You would need to enter the request number and email address (used while registering).
How to get or print the 5-year UAE Multi-Entry Tourist Visa
After the application is approved, an applicant has to log in by using the request number and email address and click the ‘3 vertical lines’ tab as shown in the picture and select ‘print electronic visa’
Is the print-out of the e-visa downloaded from ICA valid for 5 years?
No, the e-visa is only valid for 60 months from the date of issue. So the applicant has to travel to UAE within 60 days to validate the e-visa or permit to get issued the Multiple-Entry Tourist visa with a validity of 5 years.
Do I have to contact the embassy to get a sticker visa for UAE?
In the case of the UAE 5-year Multi-entry Tourist visa, if the application is approved, the e-visa needs to be downloaded from the ICA’s website. Details are shared in this article. The embassy does not entertain any requests for getting a sticker visa for the multiple-entry tourist visa.
Will I get a sticker visa after arriving in UAE, or do I need to show the printout every time I go there?
You don’t get a sticker visa. I have used UAE’s 5-year multiple-entry e-visa 5 times till now, twice by land and three times by air. Sometimes I was asked to show the e-visa, which I did by showing them on my mobile (soft copy), once they asked for my passport (probably the officer found my passport number had been issued an e-visa in his system). Still, I was never forced to produce a printout by the immigration in UAE. However, Indian immigration asked me to show a hard copy, so better to keep a printout as well.
Documents required for UAE 5-year Multiple-Entry Tourist visa
- Coloured passport-size photo – soft copy
- Passport – soft copy
- Travel Insurance – soft copy
- Bank statement – 6 months – with a balance of at least 4,000 USD (3,00,500 INR approx)
- Flight tickets, Hotel bookings are not required for this category of UAE visa.
If you have applied for your visa through ICA’s web portal, then you have to call +971 6005 22 222. This is the only contact number of the ICA call centre. The service is available 24×7 in English, Arabic and Urdu languages.
What kind of Travel insurance is needed for the UAE multi-entry tourist visa for 5 years?
Any travel insurance is valid for this visa’s online application. I used a policy that was valid for 180 days and got my application approved.
Can I use the Multi-Entry visa to transit through Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Sharjah?
Yes, you can use this visa to transit through any airport or port of entry in the UAE. I have used it 5 times till 2022, twice at Dubai Airport, Once at Sharjah Airport, and twice at the UAE-Oman land borders (Hatta border & Al-Ain border check posts)
Can I enter through Dubai using the UAE Multi-Entry visa processed by Abu Dhabi?
Yes, once you get the UAE multiple entry visa, you can use any entry point. This visa is valid all over UAE, so it is acceptable in Dubai or other Emirates.
Update – Please watch this video in Hindi or scroll down for the update.
How to use the Multi-Entry visa after landing in UAE?
The first time I used Sharjah Airport (SHJ) as the entry point in UAE. The immigration was ultra-smooth. The immigration officer just scanned my passport and stamped the entry date. I was asked to remove my spectacles and face a camera. It was probably a process to scan my iris or to take a biometric photo. When I asked the immigration officer whether I needed to get a sticker visa, he replied, ‘No’. According to him, they get details about the visa issued to the passport number when they scan our passports.
The next day, I visited various offices in Dubai to cross-check if something else was needed for the holders of this visa. Everyone denied.
What should be the bank balance for UAE Multiple Entry Visa to enter Dubai?
When I applied for this visa In 2021, the applicant was required to show proof of bank balance of at least 4,000 USD throughout the last 6 months. This amount is equivalent to 3,00,500 Indian Rupees. All your monthly statements for the last 6 months should reflect an amount of more than 3,00,500 Rupees. The more, the better. Combine all your statements to make them One pdf file before uploading them on the portal.
How to get a local Mobile number for the Multiple-Entry visa for Dubai?
UAE multiple-entry tourist visa application needs local mobile & landline phone numbers of UAE. This was a major concern for many applicants after reading this article and watching this video. While applying for this visa I used a friend’s address and phone number who is a resident of UAE; however, you can also use a hotel booking. Get it through Booking.com or Airbnb, and talk to your host if they can share their mobile number. Most likely, a big hotel may not share a mobile number but a small one or your host on AirBnb can help.
Is my visa FAKE? How to check the status of a 5-year Multiple Entry visa?
Click on this page. https://smartservices.ica.gov.ae/echannels/web/client/default.html#/fileValidity.
This is the official link of ICA. I just checked by entering my passport details and I could see the expiry date of my 5-year multiple entry visa for UAE. Authorities in UAE use the same link to check if the visa is fake.