Dubai is one of those destinations that attracts many visitors every year, who come to enjoy a sprawling city located in the middle of the desert and on the edge of the Persian Gulf. Modern architecture, museums, year-round sunny beaches, shopping, desert getaways, Old Town tours and lively nightlife, there’s something for every type of traveler. When planning a stay in the first city of the United Arab Emirates, it comes time to ask the question of the documents necessary to enter the territory, and in particular the question of the visa. Here are the answers to your questions regarding the need for a visa to visit Dubai.
Do the French need a visa to travel to Dubai?
French travelers, and more generally European travelers, are exempt from visa requirements to travel to Dubai for any stay of 90 days over a period of 180 days. Once there, they are issued a visa for a period of 90 days, which is therefore valid for 6 months with several possible entries. There is therefore no procedure to be done from France regarding the visa before going to Dubai. Be careful, however, to leave with a valid passport.
However, French travelers who have used their 90-day credit over a 180-day period and wish to travel to Dubai again, or to extend the stay, are required to apply for a Dubai e-visa online, and whether they are out or still present in the country. The process is compulsory for all types of stays, whether tourist, professional or within the framework of studies. It couldn’t be easier to obtain this e-visa. Just log into Visa Connect, to choose the formula with the desired number of days on site, the processing time, enter the information concerning the traveler, then pay directly via the online platform. At the same time, a certain number of documents must be sent to the communicated e-mail address. This includes in particular the scan of the first passport of the passport, a color digital identity photo on a light background and currently a copy of an insurance certificate covering hospital costs related to Covid-19. Once your Dubai e-visa is received, you have 60 days to enter the city.
What to do once in Dubai?
Once you are in order, that is to say that you travel with a valid passport and that you apply for an e-visa because you have exhausted your credit. 90 days in a period of 180 days, you just have to take advantage of everything you didn’t have time to do in the city.
And there are a thousand things to do in this treasure located in the heart of the desert! You should of course not forget the camera when climbing the floors of the Burj Khalifa tower to immortalize one of the most impressive panoramas in the world, with the skyscrapers, the sea and the desert in the distance. After which we will join the Dubai Mall to indulge in a good shopping session. There is plenty to do with the 1,200 shops in this huge shopping center, the most visited in the world.
Dubai is also the place to sunbathe and swim, like Sunset Beach and its breathtaking view of the Burj Al Arab hotel. And for those who want to see the authentic, head to the traditional districts of Deira and Bur Dubai, perfect places to stroll in the souks, taste the local gastronomy and then reach the Dubai Museum. A passage through this cultural place is essential to understand the history of this incredible and extraordinary city. And then, a stay must also include a getaway in the desert, the opportunity for a total change of atmosphere, with the possibility of a camel ride and lunch in the heart of a Bedouin camp.