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An Abu Dhabi visit visa is free of charge upon arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport for citizens of the following countries: 

Essential info

Andorra

Argentina

Australia

Austria

Bahamas

Bahrain

Barbados

Belgium

Brazil

Brunei

Bulgaria

Canada

Chile

Costa Rica

Croatia

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Honduras

Hong Kong (SAR of China)

Hungary

Iceland

Ireland

Italy

Japan

Kazakhstan

Kuwait 

Latvia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Malaysia

Maldives

Malta

Mexico

Monaco

Montenegro

Nauru

Netherlands

New Zealand

Norway

Oman

People’s Republic of China

Poland

Republic of Mauritius

Republic of El Salvador

Portugal

Romania

Russia

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

San Marino

Saudi Arabia

Serbia

Seychelles

Singapore

Slovakia

Slovenia

Solomon

South Korea

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

The Vatican

Ukraine

United Kingdom

United States of America

Uruguay

GCC citizens do not need a visa to enter the UAE.

Countries not listed

Citizens of all other countries will need to apply for an Abu Dhabi tourist visa, transit visa or visit visa prior to their trip.

Apply for a visa with hotels

Five, four and three-star hotels can apply for visas on behalf of guests who have booked a stay with them. Please note that not all five, four and three-star hotels have this system in place. Make sure you check with your preferred hotel if they offer this service. This service does not currently apply to guests staying in hotel apartments.

While the airline, travel agency and hotel can apply for your visa, please make sure you give yourself enough time for it to be approved, and note that they do not take responsibility if the visa is declined.

Apply for a visa with hotels

Apply for a visa with airlines

If you are flying with Etihad Airways, a visit visa may be arranged for you upon request. If you have booked your trip through a travel agency, in most cases they will be able to arrange this for you.

Alternative visa application methods

Alternative methods to apply for an Abu Dhabi visit visa would be to apply through your nearest UAE embassy. An eye scan will be required at the airport. Cruise passengers can now apply for the multiple visa entry for AED 200.

For more information on visa types or how to get your visa, visit the Abu Dhabi Government website or call its contact centre on +971 2 666 4442 (800-555 from inside the UAE).