How to Apply for UAE or Dubai Visa for GCC Residents?

A GCC resident or Saudi Iqama holder can apply for a UAE visa from the Dubai GDRFAD website online. Here is the detailed process;

Requirements to apply for a UAE Visit Visa

The following are the requirements to apply for a UAE Visit Visa for a GCC resident or a Saudi Iqama holder;

  • Original Iqama with at least 3-months validity. – Check Iqama Expiry Date
  • Suitable Profession.
  • Passport with at least 3-months validity.
  • A personal Photo.
  • ID Card issued from your home country.
  • The profession must not be changed after getting the visa.
  • Credit Card to make online Payment
  • The expat sponsor must be traveling with the dependents.

Register with GDRFA Website

Every GCC resident or Saudi Iqama holder has to register with the Dubai GDRFA website to apply for a UAE visit visa;

  • Open GDRFA Website https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae/
  • Register New User with Email.
  • Enter your details and then click on the “Send OTP” button.
  • Enter the OTP and click on the “Register” button.

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Apply for the UAE Visit Visa for GCC Residents

After the successful registration;

  • Log in to your account https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae/
  • Click on the “New Application“.
  • MySelf: New GCC Entry Permit.
  • Dependents: New GCC Entry Permit.

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On the next page, you will have to fill a long application to apply for a UAE Visit Visa as a GCC resident or Saudi Iqama Holder.

Visa Details

  • Person Type: GCC Residents.

GCC Residency Details

GCC Trip Details

  • Arrival Emirate: Dubai.
  • Port of Arrival: Hatta Border (traveling by road from Saudi).
  • Arriving from country: Saudi Arabia.
  • Arriving from: Select the city.
  • Booking Reference: Leave it blank if traveling by road.

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GCC Sponsor Details

  • GCC Sponsor Type: Establishment.
  • Sponsor Nationality: Saudi Arabia

In case Saudi Arabia” does not appear in the list. Select the following. They will rectify the data from their side.

  • GCC Sponsor Type: GCC Citizen.
  • Sponsor Nationality: Saudi Arabia

If applying for one of the dependents;

  • GCC Sponsor Type: GCC Resident.
  • Sponsor Nationality: Select the nationality.

Passport Details

  • Passport Type: Normal.
  • After entering details, click on “Search Data“.
  • If no data is found, you will have to enter the data manually.

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Applicant Details

  • Relationship with Sponsor: Not related while applying for yourself.
  • Profession: Select the profession as per Iqama.

Contact Details

  • Enter Contact Details.
  • No need to Validate Mobile Number.

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Upload Documents

At this stage of applying for a Dubai Visit Visa, a GCC resident or Saudi Iqama holder needs to upload the following documents;

  • ID Card Issued from the Home Country.
  • Personal Photo.
  • Sponsored GCC Residency: Iqama.
  • Passport Page.
  • Flight Ticket if traveling by Air.

Pay the UAE Visit Visa fee

On the last page, you are required to pay the fee for the UAE Visit Visa. 

  • Dubai Visit Visa Fee: AED 255.65.
  • The Fee is Non-Refundable.
  • Once the fee is paid, the application will be submitted.
  • The visa will be issued within one business day.

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Apply for Dubai Visit Visa for Dependents

Once you have received a Dubai visa for the head of the family, you can  apply for the UAE Visit Visa for the dependents of GCC residents or Saudi iqama holders; 

  • Go to Dashboard.
  • Click on the “New Application“.
  • MySelf: Existing Application.
  • Dependents: New GCC Entry Permit.

Apply for Dubai Visit Visa for Dependents of Saudi Iqama Holders

Follow the same process with the only difference in GCC Sponsor Details where you are required to enter;

  • GCC Sponsor Type: GCC Resident.
  • Sponsor Nationality: Select the nationality.
  • Attach all the documents as explained above + the UAE visit visa for the head of the family. Without this, they will not issue visa.

Validity of the UAE Visit Visa

The Dubai visit visa for GCC Residents is valid for;

  • 30 days from its issuance to enter the UAE for the first time.
  • After the entry, it is valid for a stay of 30 days.
  • It can be extended for a period of stay of 30 days only once.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.