Dubai is arguably the most expensive city in the Middle East. It is known for its luxury and high rise buildings. It is home to the “Burg Khalifa” the tallest building in the world and the only seven star hotel in the Middle East.
Dubai boasts of many tourist centers such as the Jumeirah Beach Park, Umm Suqeim Beach, Al Mamzar Beach Park, Dubai desert, etc. This has made it one of the most visited cities in the world. Every year, lots of people gravitate towards this glamorous city just to have a taste of what it offers; Nigerians are not left out of this trend.
As a result of what the beautiful city of Dubai offers, Nigerians are constantly travelling to Dubai for many different reasons such as tourism, business and holidays.
Types of Dubai Visa
Getting a Dubai visa from Nigeria is nothing close to an uphill task. With the right qualification, Dubai Visa can be gotten without stress.
When applying for a Dubai Visa, the type of visa to apply for is dependent on your reason for visiting Dubai. There are about 6 types of visa for Nigerians travelling to Dubai. They are the 30 days tourist visa, the 90 days visit visa, the 96 hours transit visa, 14 days visa, multi-entry long term visa and multi-entry short term visa. Check them out below so you know exactly what visa you should apply for.
The 30 Day Tourist Dubai Visa
This visa is for people who are visiting Dubai as tourists. It is not extendable and is valid for a 30-day stay in Dubai and is not extendable.
To get this visa, there should be a proof of valid hotel booking. Also, whosoever is representing the family or group of people travelling together must be a professional with proof to show.
This kind of visa cannot be obtained by males or females that are travelling on their own.
The 90 Day Visit Visa
The 90 day visit visa is for visitors that are going to have quite a long stay in Dubai. It is the visa type for people that are travelling for the purpose of business trainings, holidays or visiting families. It is valid for 90 days
To obtain this visa, certain documents have to be presented. They are passport booking, hotel booking, copy of traveler’s passport, company covering letter, host resident / company permit, relationship proof and letter of guarantee from host.
Also if you are travelling alone as a student, you will need to show your student ID card, a photo identity of your guardian and address details of relatives in Dubai.
The 96 Hours Transit Dubai Visa
This type of visa is obtained by individuals on transit through Dubai. It is valid for only 96 hours. It can also be obtained by people who are visiting Dubai for a meeting and will be spending less than four days in Dubai.
Multi- Entry Long Term Dubai Visa
This is the type of visa obtained by frequent visitors to Dubai. It is valid for just 90 days. Documents needed for this type of visa are same with documents needed for the 90 days visit visa.
Multi-entry Short Term Dubai Visa
This visa is valid for a period of 30 days, it is also non-extendable.
The 14 Day Dubai Visa
This visa is valid for only 14 days and is not extendable. When applying for this kind of visa, the following should be presented; a credit/debit card, a bank statement and hotel booking.
How to Apply for Dubai Visa in Nigeria
Application for Dubai visa can be done through a resident of Dubai, a travel agent or a tour company.
Before applying for a Dubai visa, it is important to have a passport that is valid for three months from the day you get into Dubai. If your stay will exceed three months, then your passport should have a validity of six months starting from the day you step into Dubai.
Documents Required for Dubai Visa
The following are documents needed for a Dubai visa
- A statement from your bank, this should show your financial status.
- A copy of your travelling tickets. This should include your to and fro tickets. Unavailability of a return ticket could lead to a rejection at the airport.
- A Nigerian immigration passport
- A detailed visa application form. This should be filled with capital letters and signed by the applicant.
- Copies of your passport and ID card. Original copies are not required.
- An invitation letter should also be presented. This letter should be from your host and should show information such as host address, contacts and signature. This requirement is strictly for visitors.
- Tax documents for self-employed people and a letter from an employer stating the employing has been granted the permission to travel. This requirement is just for tourists.
- Documents showing health insurance and hotel reservation documents.
Estimated Cost of Processing Dubai visa
The amount needed for processing Dubai visa is dependent on the type of visa. Amount is in Nigerian Naira.
The amount also tends to increase as the duration of stay increases.
- Tourist visa 30k
- Transit visa 23k
- 14 day visa 30 k
- 90 days visa 63k
Estimated Cost of Travelling to Dubai From Nigeria
The cost of travelling to Dubai is largely dependent on several factors. Among them are the airline used, the time of the year, the type of flight (direct/indirect) and also the day of the week.
Averagely, the flight from Lagos, Nigeria to Dubai is a 7 hours and 30 minutes long flight. As a result, flight price from Lagos to Dubai ranges from ₦174,053 to ₦183,180. However, the e average cost of travelling to Dubai is estimated to be ₦178,144.
According to statistics, flying on Tuesdays is cheaper than flying on other days of the week.
When flights are booked about two to three months in advance, they are also considerably cheaper than booking some days before flying.
Apart from being affected by all the factors stated above, the flight price is also hugely affected by the airline you are travelling with. Airlines that offer more comfort tend to be more expensive than their counterparts.
If you are planning on visiting Dubai for holidays, you should get ready for the hot weather. Although the weather is hot all year round, it is relatively cooler between the months of November and March. Due to the relative coolness between the months of November and March, the beaches are usually flooded with people. You should therefore be ready to share your space with complete strangers at the beach.