Are you a Nigerian planning a trip to Dubai and wondering about the cost of a Dubai visa? In this guide, we will discuss the various visa categories available to Nigerians, their application costs, and the process for applying for a Dubai visa.
Dubai Visa Types for Nigerians
There are several visa categories for Nigerians intending to travel to Dubai, and each has its application cost:
- 96-Hour Visa: This visa allows visitors to stay in the UAE for a maximum of 96 hours, suitable for those planning to stay for less than 4 days.
- 14-Day Visa (short-term visit, single entry): This non-extendable visa is valid for a 14-day stay from the date of issue.
- 30-Day Visa (short-term visit, single entry): Also non-extendable, this visa is valid for a 30-day stay, suitable for families traveling for tourist purposes. It is valid for 58 days from the date of issue.
- 90-Day Visa: Ideal for those traveling to Dubai on holiday or to visit family and friends, this visa is valid for 90 days.
Please 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, have been suspended.
Dubai Visa Application Costs for Nigerians
Below is the cost breakdown for each visa type in Nigerian Naira:
- 30-Day Visa: ₦30,000
- 96-Hour Visa: ₦23,000
- 14-Day Visa: ₦30,000
- Cancellation Charge: ₦8,400
Dubai Visa Requirements for Nigerians
When applying for a Dubai visa, Nigerian applicants need to meet specific criteria, such as providing financial records. You can either apply by yourself or use a visa agent, but beware of fake agents.
To apply for a Dubai visa, you will need:
- An original copy of a letter from your bank confirming sufficient funds for your trip or an original account statement from the past 6 months with a bank seal and signature.
- Proof of a steady income, such as your monthly pay slip with your employer’s seal and signature.
- If your trip is sponsored by a company or individual, relevant documents indicating this sponsorship.
- A security deposit of $1,550 (refundable upon return with proof of entry and exit stamps in Dubai), which can also be paid in Naira.
Dubai Visa Application Process for Nigerians
After gathering all the necessary documents, download the application form for the Dubai visa online, fill it out carefully, and submit it along with supporting documents at the Dubai Visa Application Center in Lagos.
Keep in mind that visa application processing typically takes 3-4 working days, and you should apply between 2 weeks and 2 months before your intended travel date due to the validity period of your visitor’s visa. Also, ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months before applying for a UAE visa.
Processing times for Dubai visas range from 2 to 8 days, depending on the type of visa you apply for.
Additional Requirements for Family Invitations
If an immediate family member living in Dubai invites you, additional documents are required:
- An invitation letter with a copy of the inviting family member’s labor contract, attested by the Emirates Commercial Visa Section in Dubai.
- Marriage certificate (if invited by spouse).
- Birth certificate (if invited by children).
Required Documents for All Dubai Visa Applications
Apart from the specific requirements mentioned above, you must provide the following documents when applying for a Dubai visa from Nigeria:
- Original copy of your international passport, valid for more than 6 months.
- Colored copies of your passport’s bio page, photo page, expiry date, and any other special endorsement information.
- A colored passport photograph (size 4.3 cm x 5.5 cm) with your full name and passport number written on the back, preferably on a white background.
- Airline ticket.
- For non-Nigerians applying from Nigeria, a colored copy of the valid CERPAC and residence permit visa.
Dubai Visa Application Submission and Printing
Submit your completed visa application and supporting documents at the Dubai Visa Application Center in Lagos, located at Manor House, Plot 110, Admiral Ayinla Way, Opposite Treasure Garden Estate, 3rd Roundabout, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lekki Phase I, Lagos, Nigeria. Visa application submissions are accepted between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Upon approval, you can print your visa at Print Centre Limited, located at Block 68, Plot 23, Bisola Durosinmi Etti Drive, Lekki Phase One, Lagos, Lekki Phase I, Lekki. Alternatively, you can print at Gloven Ventures, located at 6 Baala Street, Lekki Peninsula II, Lekki. Call their contact numbers at +234 453 0859 (Print Centre Limited) and +234 818 817 1660 (Gloven Ventures) for more information.
In conclusion, ensure you have all the necessary documents and follow the correct application process to secure your Dubai visa. Don’t forget to apply within the recommended time frame and have a valid passport to guarantee a smooth application experience. Safe travels!