Dubai is one of the most sought-after destinations in the Middle East, with its ultramodern cityscapes and luxurious lifestyle and shopping opportunities.
The city offers scenic sights and thrilling attractions that could definitely be on anyone’s bucket list. Which is why it’s no surprise how popular it has become among Filipino travelers.
But before you prepare to go to Dubai, ask yourself first: Do I need a visa? If you’re a Philippine passport holder, you’ll have to acquire a UAE visa to be able to enter Dubai. Not sure what we’re talking about? Let us walk you through the application process and how you can make your dream Dubai trip a reality.
It stands for the United Arab Emirates. In this territory are seven emirates:
Philippine passport holders entering the United Arab Emirates are required to have a visa. Meanwhile, citizens of any member state of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) do not need a visa, and visa-on-arrival can be acquired for free at UAE airports for passport holders of these countries.
Once you’ve confirmed that you must acquire a visa, it’s time to know what type of visa you should get. There are different types of visas issued by the UAE, but below are the three types best for tourists and those visiting short-term.
(Take note that all visas are filed by a sponsor. A sponsor can be a relative who resides in the country—or if you don’t have connections, a UAE airline, hotel, or travel agency. Applications without a sponsor will not be processed.)
Here are the basic documents you need to prepare when applying for a UAE visit. Take note that documents will also depend on your sponsor. If you’re filing with a UAE airline, they will ask for your flight tickets, while hotels will require booking confirmation.
Other supporting documents that may be required:
Once you have all your requirements ready, this is where your sponsor comes in. Just turn over all your documents and they’ll take care of the rest of your application. All you have to do is wait. Visa processing time is approximately two to seven working days depending on where you apply.
If you are applying via one of the UAE-based airlines, you can apply online here:
Most Dubai hotels with at least a three-star rating offer visa processing services. If you already have a hotel in mind, try checking in with them through email or check their official website for more information.
Jumeirah Group of hotels, which owns the iconic Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, and more provides visa processing services.
The information contained in this article is up-to-date as of February 2020 and may be updated occasionally. Given the changing nature of laws, rules, and regulations of visas, there may be outdated information in this article. The information contained on this webpage is intended to provide general guidance on matters of interest for the personal use of the reader only.
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