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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).


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