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dubai visa for south african citizens - Complete Guide

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Dubai, the city of skyline and luxury is visited by many South African citizens every year. The most common that pops up during this process is that do South African citizens need a visa to enter Dubai?

This article consists of everything you need to know about applying for Dubai visa if you belong from an of the South African states.

Where can South Africans apply for UAE visa 

Because they are not eligible for visas upon arrival, holders of South African passports must have pre-arranged visas before traveling to Dubai or the United Arab Emirates.

The following methods allow them to apply for a visa: the ICP website or the ICP Smart app, both of which are available on Google Play and the App Store, specifically for Dubai visas; the GDRFA website or the Dubai Now app, both of which are available on Google Play and the App Store; and the hotel or travel partners with whom you have booked a trip. They can apply for a service visa for 14 days, a tourist visa for 30 days, or a visit visa for up to 90 days. UAE residents—friends or family—can apply on your behalf as sponsors (subject to guidelines).

What are the requirements for the Dubai and UAE visa

You will need the following items to apply for the prearranged visa from South Africa: a copy of your completed and signed visa application form with information about your itinerary and two passport-size photographs; female applicants and students over the age of 18 who are traveling alone will require a NOC from parents or husbands, as well as a photo ID from parents or husbands, in addition to the invitation letter (if any) from the host company in the UAE. A color copy of the host passport or residence visa, as well as any applicable visa fees paid in cash, check, or credit card. A cover letter with all the necessary information about your itinerary. A statement from your bank from the last six months to show that you have enough money to pay for your visit.

How much does UAE tourist visa costs

The cost of getting a tourist visa for the United Arab Emirates varies by airline and is subject to change. The most up-to-date fees and information can be found by contacting individual airlines. However, to give you an idea, Emirates Airlines currently charges USD 177 (ZAR 3,011) for a long-term tourist visa with one entry and USD 90 (ZAR 1,531) for a short-term visa with one entry. A short-term, one-entry visa from Etihad costs USD 95 (ZAR 1,616), while a long-term, one-entry tourist visa costs USD 176 (ZAR 29,994).


Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, South African passport holders need a visa to enter the city of Dubai, UAE. 

There are two ways to apply for Dubai visa. You can apply for it online or in one of the visa processing centers in your city.

  • Applying for a visa online is the easiest method to apply for a visa without any hassle. You can do this while being at your home with your utmost comfort.
  • To apply for Dubai visa online, go to and select ‘South Africa’ as both your country and citizenship.

There are five simple steps for you to avail your Dubai e Visa with South African citizenship:

  • Visit

  • Select ‘South Africa’ in both citizenship and the country you live in

  • Select the type of visa you are applying for and your duration

  • Fill out the application form and upload your documents

  • Make the payment through various payment methods available

The visa centers mentioned below are location-specific:

  • Cape Town

Address: 5th Floor, Strand Building, 47 Strand Street, Cape Town

  • Johannesburg

Address: Sandton City, Office Tower, 2nd floor, Sandton

  • Durban

Address: Unit 6, Crystal Rock, 16 Solstice Road, Umhlanga Ridge New Town, Umhlanga Ridge

The Visa processing centers in South Africa are open from Monday to Friday. They work from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM and then from 1:30 PM to 3 PM.

The following documents are required for South Africans to avail Dubai visa:

  • Application form

  • Confirmed flight tickets

  • Coloured photographs (4.3 cm * 5.5 cm)

  • Copy of your passport (first and last page)

  • Bank statement stating that you have sufficient funds

  • Letter from employer authenticating your employment

  • Confirmed hotel booking details

  • Travel Itinerary

Processing of Dubai e visa takes anywhere from 2 – 7 days depending on the type of your visa.

No, South African citizens are not granted visa on arrival in Dubai. Hence, they have to apply for their Dubai visa prior to reaching Dubai.

From Johannesburg, the average one-way price for a flight ticket ranges from $300 - $400.

From Cape Town to Dubai: 15 hours
From Pretoria to Dubai: 14 hours
From Bloemfontein to Dubai: 20 hours

Currently, the exchange rate from South African Rand to Dirhams is 1 ZAR = 0.20 AED.

The weekly expenses per person staying in Dubai come to around 40,000 ZAR.

Yes, Dubai is a very safe city for South African citizens. There has been a recent introduction to CCTV cameras all around the streets to help prevent the crime.

  • There are two sides to this answer. Dubai, after all, is the city of luxury so it can get quite an expensive traveling to and staying in Dubai.
  • However, there are a bunch of things you can do in Dubai for free while having a full-blown tourist experience!

There are various airlines taking you from South Africa to Dubai, some of these are: Kenya Airways, Egypt Air, South African Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Lufthansa and Virgin Atlantic.

Yes, South Africans can travel with their children. All children below 18 require a consent letter from their parents to visit Dubai.

Dubai is an expensive city; hence, South Africa is cheaper than Dubai. Statistics show that the cost of living in Dubai is 115% more expensive than in South Africa.

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