Dubai is an attractive city that is filled with wonderful things you can hardly see elsewhere. It has ancient and modern attractions ranging from the city’s iconic skyscrapers and high rise buildings, like the Burj Khalifa which is the tallest building in the world and the traditional souk markets located close to the creeks.
Dubai is one of 7 emirates of the United Arab Emirates. It is quite easy to get a Dubai visa but everyone visiting should be perceptive to respect for the predominant religion there – Islam, and also to dress modestly at the malls, mosques and souqs.
If you have been wondering how to go about your Dubai visa application, you have all the information here in this article. You need to be sure of the reason why you are travelling, as there are diverse types of visas for different travel reasons.
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Steps to Getting Dubai Visa in Nigeria
The following steps will guide you through your Dubai visa application in Nigeria:
1. Gather the Required Documents
You need to have all the requirements before applying for a Dubai visa in Nigeria. These include:
1. An international passport that is original and valid for more than 6 months.
2. A colored passport photograph that contains your full name and passport number on its reverse side.
3. Passport copies: Photo page and Bio page (both must be done in color), profession page, expiry page, and any other special endorsement page.
4. Color copy of the valid residence permit and CERPAC visa (for Non-Nigerian Nationals only).
5. Emirates Airline confirmed ticket.
2. Check Your Eligibility
There are some criteria you should meet once you’ve gotten all the requirements for traveling to Dubai. You need to meet at least one of these criteria before you can be eligible for visa application.
The criteria you should meet before you can apply for a Dubai visa include:
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a. Travel record
You must have a past travel record evidence in your international passport or a valid visa of some of the following countries like UAE, USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Schengen, at least once within the last 2 years in your international passport and a photocopy of the pages in your previous or current International passport showing evidence of the travel or visa stamp as a proof.
b. Financial Records
You need to provide an original copy of a letter from your bank affirming that you have a bank account with them in Nigeria or any other country with sufficient funds for your trip to Dubai and the original account statement for at least the past 6 months with bank seal and signature.
Pay slips of your salary with employer’s seal, and signature must also be attached. If your trip is being sponsored by a company or an individual, they should provide the relevant documents
c. Security Deposits of 1550 US Dollars
This money is refundable upon return with the proof of entry and exit stamp from Dubai on your international passport. The security deposit can also be paid in Naira equivalent at the prevailing exchange rate.
d. Letter of Invitation
An eligible candidate for this criterion is a spouse, children under 21 and parents above 60 years of age or a confirmation letter of employment from an accredited employer with the attestation from the Emirates Commercial Visa Section in Dubai.
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e. Marriage certificate in case of invitation from a spouse
If your spouse is inviting you, she should have the legal status and a copy of labor contract in Dubai.
f. Birth Certificate in the case of invitation from children
If your children are inviting you all the necessary documents like the birth certificate, graduation letter or matriculation letters etc. from there school must be added.
g. Original copy of your international passport (It has to be valid for more than 6 months)
This doesn’t need much explanation but I have seen similar cases where some people don’t even know when their international passport is going to expire so take note of this.
h. Copies of colored passport Photograph
You need to provide one colored Passport photograph with full name and passport number written on the back, and that has the specification of 4.3 cm x 5.5 cm and preferably on a white background.
i. A Confirmed Emirate Airline tickets
A colored copy of the valid CERPAC and residence permit visa is to be provided by non-Nigerians who apply from Nigeria. All other document varies from one visa to another visa requirement.
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3. Decide What Type of Visa You Need
You can choose any of three types of visas when visiting Dubai. The Tourist visa is valid for 30 days and costs $82; the 14 days visa is valid for 2 weeks and costs $110; while the 96 hours visa is valid for 4 days and costs $69.
There are other visa types, such as work visa and others, but those are not discussed here. Note that tax and service charges are included in all the fees.
And finally, decide on the right visa option for you, based on how long you intend to stay in Dubai.
4. Complete Your Application Form
You need to download the Dubai visa application form here, and carefully fill in the form with accurate information as required. You need to make sure that the passport photos you are attaching are of the precise dimensions, which is 4.3cm x 5.5cm, and are set in a white background.
After filling the form, attach all supporting documents as required in the form. Applications with missing documents or that are incompletely filled will not be accepted.
5. Submit Your Application Form
You need to visit the Dubai visa application center with all your documents in order to submit your form. Their office is located at Block 94, plot 23, Providence Street, Lekki – Epe Expressway, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos,
In addition to the required documents listed above, there are other documents you need to take along to the center.
These include photocopies of the first and last two pages of your international passport, and photocopy of your confirmed airline ticket.
For you to submit your Dubai visa application form and documents, you need to do that between 8.00 am and 3.00 pm every day.
6. Track Your Application
After submitting your visa application, you will have to wait for 3 to 4 days for your visa to be processed. While you are waiting, you can track the status of your application here.
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Since the visa is valid for just 58 days from the date of issue, you can apply for your visa at most two months prior to the date of your travel.
You can apply for a Dubai visa through a travel agent, resident in the UAE, or Tour Company. However, applying through Emirates Airlines has a condition of booking a return ticket with the airline.
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