Dubai Visa For Qatar Residents: Step By Step Guide (2023)

Being one of the most visited cities in the world, Dubai offers visitors the perfect mix of a cosmopolitan city with traditional aspects of the local culture. Citizens of all GCC countries can travel to UAE without a visa. However, expatriates who are residing in GCC countries like Qatar should apply for a tourist visa to visit Dubai or other emirates in the UAE.

You can either apply for a UAE visit visa yourself through the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security (ICP Smart Services) or the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA Dubai). Another option is to be sponsored by a UAE resident.

In this article, we will explain the requirements and step-by-step process to apply Dubai Visa for Qatar Residents using the Dubai Government’s GDRFA website.

Dubai Visa For Qatar Residents: Eligibility Requirements

  • The passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the arrival date.
  • The Qatar ID must be valid for at least 3 months from the arrival date
  • The profession should be mentioned on the Qatar ID.
  • The visitor should be arriving from a GCC country.
  • The visitor should not have any restrictions preventing his/her entry to the UAE.
  • Although it is not stated, some blue-collar professions (such as labour, cleaner, etc.) may not be eligible without a sponsor. The approved list of professions is not publicly available.

Dubai Visa Requirements For Qatar Residents

The following are the requirements to apply for a Dubai visa for Qatar residents:

Dubai Tourist Visa Fee

The total cost for Dubai Visa for Qatar Residents (including all charges) will be AED 252.50. The breakdown is as follows:

Application Fee100
Issuance Fee100
Service Fee50
Service Fee (VAT)2.50

Qatar Residents Dubai Visa Validity

The entry permit issued to Qatar residents is valid for 30 days from the date of issue, and they are allowed to stay for 30 days. Visas are extendable once for a period of 30 days

How To Apply Online Dubai Visa For Qatar Residents

Step 1: Go to the GDRFAD website

The website link is:

GDRFA Website Dubai Visa

Step 2: Click on the “face icon”

You can find this below the “E-Participation” link.

Dubai Visa Login Icon

Step 3: Click on the “Individuals” tab

GDRFA Dubai Visa Login Page

Step 4: Click on “Register Now”

If you are a first-time user, click on “Register Now”. Or else you can login using your account credentials.

Dubai Visa User Registration Link

Step 5: Register as a New User

Select the “Email” tab, as you will register using your email ID.

GDRFAD New User Registration
  • Choose a username, and enter your first name, last name, email, date of birth and password.
  • Click on “Send OTP”.
  • You will receive a verification code in your email.
  • Enter that OTP and click “Register”.

Now log in using your username and password. Make sure to choose the “Individuals” tab as “Establishment / Typing Center” would be selected by default.

GDRFA Dubai Visa Login Page

Agree to the terms and conditions by clicking “OK”.

NOTE: If you see any error, click on your username and select “Dashboard”

Step 6: Click on “New Application”

You can see this as a green button on your dashboard.

GDRFA Dashboard Dubai Visa New Application

Step 7: Select “New GCC Entry Permit”

Select the “New GCC Entry Permit” option from the drop-down. Click on “Apply”.

GDRFA Dubai GCC Residents Visa Application

Step 8: Enter your details in the application form

Dubai GCC Resident Visa Application Form

Visa Details: The Person Type will be “GCC Residents”.

GCC Residency Details: The Residence Number will be your QID number. For Issue Country, select “109-Qatar”. Enter the Qatar ID issue date and expiry date.

GCC Trip Details: Enter your travel details like the port of arrival, date of arrival, arrival from, and booking reference number (flight ticket reference number).

GCC Sponsor Details: Enter your Qatari sponsor details like sponsor type, sponsor name, and address.

Passport Details: Enter your passport details like type, number, current nationality and previous nationality. Click on “Search Data”. If no data is found, you will need to manually enter the data.

Note that for a UAE visa, you must enter three names, including the name of your father. Arabic names will automatically be filled in. If not, click on the English to Arabic symbol.

Applicant Details: Enter your personal details like your mother’s name, marital status, religion, faith, education, profession and first language.

Contact Details: Enter your contact details like email, mobile number, and address inside UAE. If you are staying in a hotel, give the hotel’s address.

Click on “Continue”.

Step 9: Upload your documents

You will need to upload the following:

  • Personal Photo: Passport size photo
  • Sponsored GCC Residency: Qatar ID front and back
  • Sponsored Passport Page 1: First page of your passport

The file types allowed are JPG, PNG and PDF. The maximum size of each file is 100 KB.

If you have more documents, you can upload them as “Others”.

Dubai GCC Resident-Visa Application Upload Documents

To avoid any delay in application processing, make sure the uploaded documents are valid and clear.

Step 10: Pay the required fee

The final step is to pay the visa fee using a bank card (credit or debit). The total fee is AED 252.50.

You will receive the updates by email. Once your application has been approved, the electronic visa will be sent to your registered email address.

Processing Times

Usually, the process takes 24 to 72 hours from the time of submitting the application and completing the payment of the fee.

How To Track The Visa Status

You can track the status of your application by going to your dashboard and clicking on “Status Inquiry”.

Dubai Visa Track Status

How To Apply Dubai Visa For Dependents

Once the main applicant’s visa is approved, you can apply for dependents using the same account.

  • From the dashboard, click on “New Application”.
  • Under Myself, select “Existing Application”.
  • Under Dependents, select “New Applicant”.
  • Follow the same process. For GCC Sponsor details, provide your details.

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Fine For Dubai Visa Overstay

Fine for overstaying a Dubai visit visa is AED 100 per day plus AED 200 for an outpass.

In case the overstaying is less than 30 days, you can pay either at Dubai Airports while exiting the country or at GDRFAD Headquarters.  In case if it is more than 30 days, you can pay only at GDRFAD Headquarters.

Countries Eligible For Dubai Visa On Arrival

Please note that citizens of the following countries are eligible for a Dubai visa on arrival and do not need to apply:

30-day visa-free entry requirement

Passport holders of the below countries do not require any pre-arranged visas. Your passport will be stamped with a free of charge, 30-day visit visa after arriving at the Dubai International airport.

CanadaChinaHong Kong, China
JapanKazakhstanMacau, China
New ZealandThe Republic of IrelandSan Marino
SingaporeUkraineThe United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The United States of AmericaVatican City

90-day visit visa requirement

Passport holders of the below country will be stamped with a multiple entry 90-day visit visa which will be valid for 6 months from the date of issue and for a total stay of 90 days.

*Citizens of the below European countries will also be eligible to apply for a pre-arranged visit visa if their 90-day visa on arrival has been fully utilized.

ArgentinaAustria*Bahamas Islands
Costa RicaCroatia*Cyprus
The Czech Republic*Denmark*El Salvador
LithuaniaLuxembourg*The Maldives
The Netherlands*Norway*Paraguay
Romania*The Russian FederationSaint Vincent and the Grenadines
San MarinoSerbiaSeychelles
Slovakia*Slovenia*Solomon Islands
South KoreaSpain*Sweden*

180-day visit eligibility

If you hold a Mexican passport, you’re eligible for a multiple entry 180-day visit visa that’s valid for 6 months from the date of issue and for a stay of 180 days in total.

Source: Fly Dubai

Important Notes:

  • A Qatar resident whose profession has changed after receiving his entry permit will not be allowed entry.
  • In the event the Qatar ID is expired or cancelled upon arrival, the visa holder will not be granted entry to the UAE.
  • Visitors not holding return/onward tickets could be refused entry.
  • Passengers accompanying a “GCC Resident” or a “GCC Citizen” must travel with the sponsor in order to use the e-visa. This includes children, housemaids and unemployed applicants.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Qatar residents need visas for Dubai?

Yes, Just like all expatriates living in GCC countries, Qatar residents should also apply for a visa to enter Dubai.

How much is the fee for Dubai Visa for Qatar Residents?

The total fee including all charges is AED 252.50.

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  4. How To Get Free Oman Visa With Hayya Card

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  1. We have recently received Australian Visa but not yet travel to Australia. I am Qatar Resident with valid QID also having KSA tourist visa for one year. Is it possible to get UAE visa on arrival?

    1. Hi Khalil, UAE visa on arrival is not applicable to visa holders of Australia, Qatar or KSA. You can check here if your nationality is eligible. If not, you can apply online for GCC Residents Visa using your QID (as explained in this article).

  2. Hi dear! 🙂
    i have a QID having my sponsorship to UK. if i want to have a tour in UAE for like 3-4 days then fly straight to UK, should i need to apply for a visa? and my QID will expire next month. should i need to renew it first? thanks you for any help you’ll provide.

    1. Hi AM, You would need a visa if your nationality is not eligible for visa on arrival in UAE. If you are applying a UAE visa based on your Qatar ID, you have to renew Qatar ID first. If you are applying for a regular tourist visa to UAE (UAE has many visa options), your Qatar ID status doesn’t matter.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Dani, Usually this visa allows entry through any airport. However kindly double check with GDRFAD helpline to make sure (as rules are subject to change).

  3. I am an Indian national with valid Qatar ID. I am planning to travel from Doha to Abu Dhabi by Road . Will this Dubai eVisa will work or need to apply separate visa for road travel. Also when I checked GCC visa in the application form, the port of entry only shows, Dubai ports, I could not find Saudi Abu Dhabi border name in the list.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Arun, Usually Dubai eVisa works for land border entry also (even if entry port is different). You can double check with Abu Dhabi ICP helpline.

  4. Hi, Pakistani passport and Qatar resident here, I have UK and Schengan visas, am I eligible for visa on arrival?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi AK, UK and Schengen visa doesn’t count for Pakistani passport. You need to apply for a visa in advance.

  5. Rozario Anthony

    I’m an indian national with QID. I also have US Visa stamped in my passport. Do i need to apply for Dubai Visa?

  6. Currently GDRFA website states that “The foreigner must have a valid residence permit for at least a year.” under the Terms and Conditions. Does that mean if my QID is issued for one year, I`m not eligible for GCC resident visa?

  7. For payment, I am directed to a wallet but that requires a local UAE bank. How everyone is making the payment for visa? Kindly guide.

  8. This is for the reference who applies VISA for Dependants.
    You may be asked to upload a Letter from MOFA or Concerned Govt. Authority for Establishment.
    For that, you can upload your Legalized Marriage Certificate OR Birth Certificate for Child… whichever is applicable.

  9. While filling out the dependent application form, I am unable to select a relationship with the sponsor; by default, it is shown as ‘NOT RELATED’. please advise if will there be any issue with that, and if I proceed any pay the fees.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Ahmed, Usually dependent application is for immediate family members (spouse, children etc.). Who are you applying this for?


    hi buddy do we need any mandatory health insurance or the GCC residents are exempted from this type of travel insurance did some surfing couldnt get concreate information let me know what you have to say about this.

  11. Hello,
    I am a Qatar resident, South African citizen flying to Dubai soon. I have a couple of questions you might be able to help me with.
    1. I don’t have a middle name but the form won’t accept if I leave it blank.
    2. Where it says ‘Mother name’, is this my mother’s name or my surname? (I’m confused)
    3. Where it says Mobile Number, it autofills ’05’ before I can type anything and cannot be deleted.
    Any guidance is much appreciated.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Charne,
      1) If you don’t have middle name, use your last name twice.
      2) It should be mother’s name (not surname).
      3) For mobile number, they are asking a UAE mobile number (they start with 05).

  12. Hi, I intend to travel by road from Qatar via KSA; while filling out the application form through gdrfad site, under GCC Trip details port of entry is locked to “DUBAI”, and the port of arrival is only related to Dubai, even though I cannot type manually as suggested in the trailing comments as 0000, please advise

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Ahmed, Usually they don’t mind the point of entry given on the visa if you are going by road (anyways you cannot directly enter Dubai by road).You can re-confirm this with GDRFA helpline (available on the GDRFA website).

  13. Ahmer salahuddin

    For Pakistani residents in Qatar do they need to put their National ID Card of Pakistan? I have heard about that.
    Also, if I opt to travel by road do I still need to give flight details.
    Please revert for both queries.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Ahmer, We are not aware of requirement to submit Pakistani National ID. As far as we know only Passport and Qatar ID is required. You can confirm directly with GDRFA helpline (available on the GDRFA website).
      Flight details are not needed if you are travelling by road.

  14. Hello doha guides on web site they ask for orginal country id is it should be renewed or just front becuse i got 4 options to uplod

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Taj, The Passport and Qatar ID should be valid at the time of application. During travel, passport should be valid for 6 months and QID should be valid for 3 months.

  15. Hi am gcc residence and if i apply for visa and get one way ticket i could be rejected from airport?

      1. Thank u because i didn’t find it required in website of application do they deny it from airport while arriving?

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Hamad, Your airline may not allow you to board. It is the airline’s responsibility to make sure visitor has a return ticket.

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