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Tourist visa for family groups in the UAE, children under 18 years old enter free

Dubai: If you are planning to visit the UAE as a single family (parents and children), there is good news.

The family group visa application allows parents and their children to apply for visas as a group through authorized travel agencies.

The initiative extends visa fee exemptions to children under 18 years of age who are accompanied by their parents. This offer is accessible exclusively through approved travel agencies within and outside the UAE, a senior official explained.

The option is only available when applying for a tourist visa through travel agencies inside and outside the country, said Brigadier General Khalaf Al-Ghaith, deputy director general of the Entry and Residence Permits Sector. Gulf News.

UAE Family Group Visa

The family group visa is available for single applications for families traveling together, the official said.

Travel agencies can now apply for short-term tourist visas, lasting 30 to 60 days, which can be extended to a maximum of 120 days, if necessary.

Visa extension can be requested before the visa expires.

Tourist visa type:

Short-term tourist visa of 30 to 60 days – extendable to 120 days.

Group visa (for family members):

Application through an authorized travel agency.

How to apply for the visa:

To apply for the visa, you must provide the following documents to the travel agency:

  • Copy of passport, if the passport is valid for at least six months.
  • Passport-size photograph
  • All required information and documents can be found on the GDFRA website (website

Entry visa for residents of GCC countries and their companions.

This service allows a foreigner residing in one of the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to obtain an entry visa to the country as a visitor for a period not exceeding 30 days, extendable only once.

It can be applied through digital channels (website/smart app).

The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week


  • Valid passport or travel document to enter the country.
  • Copy of the residence permit or electronic extract stating the profession and validity of the residence.
  • Personal photo (white background)


  • Log in to the website
  • Register as a user,
  • Choose the service,
  • Fill in the details,
  • The data must be filled out correctly (full name),
  • Pay the fees owed,
  • After approval, the visa is sent to the user’s email.
  • The residence must be valid for more than 3 months.
  • The passport must be valid for more than six months.
  • If data is missing, the request will be rejected.

In the past, visitors arriving in the UAE would obtain a yellow piece of paper and apply for a visa, a process that typically took one to two hours to receive approval.

However, in a significant improvement, the UAE government has launched a user-friendly website that allows travelers to apply for visas electronically.

This innovative approach allows people to obtain their visas in a matter of minutes, even if they are outside the country.

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