Apply for 90-day visit visa online, says UAE's Ministry of Interior


The Ministry of Interior has called upon the public to acquire the 90-day UAE entry permit, also known as a visit visa, through the Ministry’s e-services.

The visit visa, which requires sponsorship from a citizen, resident or investor, is available via the e-services that are provided through various channels, the website, and the UAE-MOI app on smartphones.

Major General Khalifa Hareb Al Khaiaili, Acting Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior for Naturalization, Residency and Ports Affairs, stressed the keenness of the Naturalization, Residency and Ports sector to streamline the procedures and to reduce the time and effort exerted by the customers.

He explained that entry permits are secure and issued electronically through a streamlined and convenient process that requires an Emirates ID card to access the advanced framework. The framework and the smart applications have undergone performance improvements and have been upgraded in order to introduce more services and to continuously excel in streamlining and simplifying procedures to ensure the speed of completion.

Lt. Colonel Faisal Mohammed Al Shimmari, Executive Director of the MoI’s Smart Government Program, said this comes within the vision of the government to reduce the number of customers that visit governmental centres by 80% by the year 2018; thus enabling everyone to complete their transactions from home through their smartphones as a part of the Smart Government initiative. The initiative aims to raise awareness amongst government agencies to take advantage of smartphone services.

Lt. Colonel Al Shimmari called upon the public to submit their suggestions by calling 8005000 or by emailing He said that the suggestions are studied by the concerned committee and are implemented within the developmental process for current or future services.

Lt. Colonel Matar Kharbash, head of the team supporting smart e-transition at the Naturalization, Residency and Ports Sector, indicated that the service of acquiring a 90 day entry permit, or visit visa, is one of the services provided by the Entry Permits and Residency Department. The department issues entry permits for friends or a relatives who wish to visit someone who is legally residing in the UAE, or to visit a private or public legal person.

How to apply

The entry permit allows the person to enter the UAE for a limited period and could be for single or multiple entries.

“In order to issue a long-term single entry visit visa for 90 days, with the sponsorship of the public sector and free zones, the applicant must fill out the e-form and attach a copy of the sponsored person’s passport, with a validity of not less than six months.”

He added that the applicant must also check the signature, stamp and card of the facility and the representative’s card. The applicants for a long-term 90-day visit visa via the sponsorship of the private sector, will also need to attach the license and eGate card.

He also pointed out that applicants for the long-term 90-day visit visa for single or multiple entries with the sponsorship of a citizen or a GCC citizen need to fill the e-form and attach the passport copy of the sponsor and the sponsored person, valid for no less than six months.

In case the sponsor is a family member and a resident, the e-form should be attached with a copy of a certified marriage contract, or certified birth certificate for children, and a certified tenancy contract or electricity bill (for a 90 days only visit), with a bank security deposit of Dh1,000, proof of health insurance, passport copy of the sponsored person valid for no less than 6 months, and an eGate card (for 90 days only visit) with a copy of the sponsor’s passport.

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