Dubai Visa For Qatar Residents: Step By Step Guide (2024)

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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 GDRFA website says 1 year, but 3 months is usually accepted. You can double-check with the GDRFA helpline)
  • 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
TOTALAED 252.50

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: www.gdrfad.gov.ae

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.

AndorraAustraliaBrunei
CanadaChinaHong Kong, China
JapanKazakhstanMacau, China
MalaysiaMauritiusMonaco
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
BarbadosBelgium*Brazil
Bulgaria*ChileColombia
Costa RicaCroatia*Cyprus
The Czech Republic*Denmark*El Salvador
EstoniaFinland*France*
Germany*Greece*Honduras
Hungary*Iceland*Italy*
KiribatiLatviaLiechtenstein*
LithuaniaLuxembourg*The Maldives
Malta*MontenegroNauru
The Netherlands*Norway*Paraguay
PeruPoland*Portugal*
Romania*The Russian FederationSaint Vincent and the Grenadines
San MarinoSerbiaSeychelles
Slovakia*Slovenia*Solomon Islands
South KoreaSpain*Sweden*
Switzerland*UruguayIsrael

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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  3. How To Get Free Saudi Visa With Hayya Card
  4. How To Get Free Oman Visa With Hayya Card

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  1. Hi ,
    How do i know my QID issue date to apply for dubai visit visa, My first QID was issued in 2008 , please advise. shall we need to enter last renewed date or fisrt issued date. as i have no idea in which year it was issued.

    1. Hi Mansoor, It should be the first year it was issued. The issuance date will be the expiry date + 1 day. If you came to Qatar first time in 2008, that will be the year.

  2. Hi All,

    Another question. Do I need to book my flight before applying for the Dubai visa? I want to book the flight once the visa is issued.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Arshad, Entry details are asked during visa application. However you can give a tentative date and book your flight ticket after approval.

  3. Hello,

    Does anyone know if I can apply for the UAE evisa for my wife. I have QID but she only has family visit visa. Can I use my QID to apply for the visa?

    With Regards,
    Arshad Mohamed Ali

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Arshad, Do not apply for a GCC Resident Visa for your wife using your QID. In some cases, it may get approved, but the airline won’t allow her to board without her own QID. You can apply normal tourist visa for your wife (either through a travel agency in Qatar or your home country). Also note that Qatar Family Visit Visa is a single entry visa, so she cannot re-enter once she leaves Qatar.

  4. I applied for VISA and paid but my VISA got cancelled within a minute of applying, reason mentioned was “update correct flight details” however i will not travel by air i will travel by road as i already got KSA visa. Additionally, there are no question regarding flight details in the form.
    Now what I should do next?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Zain, This could be an automatic rejection. You can add any flight details. Make sure all other fields are correct.

  5. I cannot find the dependents visa option. I have applied today for my boss’ wife and she’s a housewife got approved in 4 hrs. Please help. Thanks

      1. Doha Guides Team

        Hi Syed, There will be no issue date in QID. Just enter the date you got the QID first time. Eg: If your QID expires on 25 March 2024, and you got first QID in 2019, then your date of issue will be 26 March 2019. Minor change in date is acceptable.

  6. Hi, thanks for the article, very informative but I have some questions.

    1. I’m a Nigerian citizen and a resident of Qatar but there’s a visa restriction on Nigerians currently. Will I be affected by it or not since I will be traveling from Qatar?
    2. My occupation on my QID is “salesman” Will I be denied if I apply?

  7. Hi, I am applying from Qatar, is it compulsary that I should have residence permit valid for at least 1 year?.(My child have only 11 months validity)

    1. Hi Mohamed, Even though the website says 12 months, usually they will approve with less validity also. If you want you can double check with the GDRFA helpline.

  8. Hi Doha guides,

    Which is the port of arrival we have choose, while we travelling by road .. ?? We have only options like dubai airport/hamriya port/battah border/and others..

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Rashim, Usually Abu Dhabi land border entry is allowed with this visa. For other airports, you can take visa from ICP website.

      1. hi im in qatar i applied online and paid for new gcc entry visa when i check status it says additional documents required but i dont know what document is it and where to upload.

      1. Hi Kevin, As per the official websites insurance is required for visitors. But it is not being strictly implemented yet. Please check with your airline if this is required.

  9. Hello, I applied and it rejected my application stating I need to update my flight details. I put my flight reference number when I applied and now I don’t see the option to update my application. Any help would be appreciated.

  10. hello everyone friends
    I am confused about these two option
    I am living in Qatar when I apply for a Dubai visit visa the first option it wants
    QID:.issue date
    and
    QID:. issue Exp date
    what I write in the QID issue date
    please guide me

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Sayed, QID issue exp date is the expiry date of your QID (printed on your QID). For QID issue date, you can write the date your QID was issued for the first time. This is not strictly checked, so a difference of a few days is OK. For example if your QID expiry is 06-06-2024 and you go your first QID in 2018, you can write QID issue date as 07-06-2018.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Saad, Distance is around 700 km. Usually takes 7-9 hours (may change depending on the rest in between). Also consider extra time at borders.

  11. what issue date we will write on QID , BECAUSE QID NOT MENTIONED ISSUE DATE, WE CAN WRITE THE LAST RENEW DATE OR THE DATE WHEN WE FIRST TIME GOT QID ? KINDLY GUIDE?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Bilal, Write the date when you got Qatar ID first time (first year). This is just a normal field and not strictly checked.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Gary, As per the rule it is required for all visitors. It is exempted for nationalities who are eligible for visa on arrival.

  12. I was filling out the form and got stuck on the contact details, specifically the mobile number section. There’s ’05’ already typed in the box, and I cannot enter my Qatar number. What should I put if I don’t have a UAE number?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Q, A UAE number is required by default. Try to give someone else’s number. This is only for records and there will be no message sent to this.

  13. Hello, We are intending to visit Dubai from Qatar. We are residents of Qatar. However, one of my kid’s passport has only 3 months validity. Shall we be denied both in immigration and airline?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Pedro, The official requirement is that passport should be valid for 6 months. There is a chance you may be denied boarding or entry (depends on your luck). Try to renew the passport instead of taking a chance.

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