Dubai Visa.

 One of the most common inquiries among Nigerians planning a journey to Dubai revolves around the cost of obtaining a Dubai visa. It's a pertinent question, considering the various visa categories available, each tailored to specific purposes of visit. In this comprehensive guide, we aim to demystify the Dubai visa landscape for Nigerians, shedding light on the types of visas, application procedures, and associated costs.

Types of Dubai Visa Available to Nigerians

1. 96-Hour Visa: This visa permits visitors to stay in the UAE for a maximum of 96 hours, making it ideal for those planning a brief visit of fewer than 4 days.

2. 14-Day Visa (short-term visit, single entry): Non-extendable and valid for a 14-day stay from the date of issue.

3. 30-Day Visa (short-term visit, single entry): Another non-extendable option, this visa allows a 30-day stay, with a validity period of 58 days from the date of issue. It is exclusively for families traveling for tourism purposes.

4. 90-Day Visa: Offering an extended stay of 90 days, this visa is suitable for holidaymakers or those visiting family and friends.

It's important to note that as of 2017, the 90-day visit visa, along with the Multiple Entry Short-Term Visa for 30 days and the Multiple Entry Long-Term Visa for 90 Days, has been suspended. Prior to the suspension, the 90-Day Visa cost ₦63,000, while the 90-Day Multi-Entry Long-Term Visa and the 30-Day Multi-Entry Short-Term Visa cost ₦154,000 and ₦61,000, respectively.

Cost of Dubai Visa in Nigeria

Here is a breakdown of the cost for various visa types:

I. 30-Day Visa - ₦30,000

II. 96-Hour Visa === ₦23,000

III. 14-Day Visa === ₦30,000

IV. Cancellation Charge === ₦8,400

Getting Your Dubai Visa in Nigeria: Requirements

Before embarking on the visa application process, there are essential prerequisites that Nigerian applicants need to meet:

1. Financial Record: Applicants must present an original letter from their bank, affirming the existence of a bank account in Nigeria with sufficient funds for the Dubai trip. Alternatively, an original account statement displaying transactions over the past six months, complete with a bank seal and signature, is acceptable. If employed, the pay slip featuring the employer's seal and signature is also required.

2. Sponsorship: If the trip is sponsored by a company or individual, appropriate documentation substantiating this sponsorship must be provided.

3. Security Deposit: Applicants invited by an immediate family member residing in Dubai, such as a spouse, child (under 21), or parents (above 60 years of age), may need to provide a security deposit of $1550 before the trip. This deposit is refundable upon presentation of entry and exit stamps in Dubai. The security deposit can also be paid in Naira.

4. Invitation Letter: For those being invited, a letter of invitation along with a copy of the family member's labor contract, attested by the Emirates Commercial Visa Section in Dubai, is mandatory. Marriage and birth certificates are also required for spouses and children, respectively.

Additionally, other documents needed when applying for a Dubai visa from Nigeria include:

- Original copy of a valid international passport (with a validity of at least 6 months).

- Copies of the passport's first and last 2 pages.

- Coloured photo page and bio page.

- Coloured passport photograph with your full name and passport number written on the back, adhering to specifications of 4.3 cm x 5.5 cm and a white background.

- Airline ticket.

- For non-Nigerians applying from Nigeria, a coloured copy of the valid CERPAC and residence permit visa, along with other requisite documents based on the visa type.

Application Process

To begin the application process, you can download the Dubai visa application form online and complete it accurately. Afterward, submit your completed application along with the supporting documents at the Dubai Visa Application Center, located at Manor House, Plot 110, Admiral Ayinla Way, Opposite Treasure Garden Estate, 3rd Roundabout, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lekki Phase I, Lagos, Nigeria.

When submitting your application, bring photocopies of the first and last 2 pages of your international passport and your airline ticket. The visa application submission window is from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with processing typically taking 3-4 working days.

It's advisable to apply for your Dubai visa between 2 weeks and 2 months before your intended travel date, taking into account the validity period of your visitor's visa. Your passport must remain valid for at least 6 months prior to the UAE visa application.

The processing time for a Dubai visa ranges from 2 to 8 days, depending on the type of visa being applied for.