GCC nationals and citizens of 32 countries (nationals of countries listed below) do not require visas prior to arrival at a UAE airport: they are eligible for a free-of-charge 30-days visa upon arrival at the approved ports of entry. If you are coming to work in the UAE you will require a visa that can only be obtained on your behalf by your employer or sponsor.
If you are a national citizen of a GCC country you do not require a visa to visit the UAE. You will simply need to produce your GCC country passport upon arrival at the point of entry into the UAE. GCC Residents who are not GCC nationals but who have a high professional status such as company managers, business people, auditors, accountants, doctors, engineers, pharmacists, or employees working in the public sector, their families, drivers and personal staff sponsored by them, are eligible for a non-renewable 30-days visa upon arrival at the approved ports of entry.
List of countries whose citizens are eligible for a free-of-charge 30 days visit visa at all UAE airports or other points of entry: Australia, Austria, Andorra, Belgium, Brunei, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Korea, San Marino, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, United States of America, United Kingdom and the Vatican.
The visa is valid for 30 days, renewable once.
In January 2011, the UAE dropped Canada from the list. When a Canadian citizen goes out of UAE, he/she must wait 30 days before being eligible for a new 30-days visa.
This 30-days visa has 10 days of grace period; after 40-days, there are heavy fines and you could be asked for waiting up to 30-days before being eligible to get in again.
Your passport should have at least 6-months validity to go out and back again.
There are six border crossings from the United Arab Emirates into Oman.
* Hatta and Al Wajajah
* Hilli and Buraimi (Al Ain)
* Ibri and Nizwa
* Khatmat Milahah from Fujairah
* from Ras al Khaimah emirate to Bukha/Musandam
* from Fujeirah emirate to Dibba/Musandam.
The Hatta-Oman border is a common destination for “visa runs”; it’s a 250 km round trip from Dubai downtown: without breaks it takes under 180 minutes, per way. Hatta is a small town about 12 KMs (7.3 miles) from Oman border crossing (or 8.5 KMs from exiting Dubai border crossing). Obviously you have to be in some kind of vehicle to cross both check points.
Remember to take a pen, credit/ATM card/cash and your passport.
These are buses operated either by travel agencies and Oman bus public transportation and they pick up passengers in Dubai. The return ticket up to Muscat is dhs100 and takes 6 hours; but to collect your new visa is enough to get out in Hatta.
For Oman National Transport Company
Daily Oman Bus Services from UAE to Oman
Route Departure Destination Days ETA
102 15:30 Dubai to Salalah Daily 07:00
201 07:30 Dubai to Muscat Daily 13:40
201 15:30 Dubai to Muscat Daily 21:35
201 16:30 Dubai to Muscat Daily 22:35
201 18:00 Dubai to Muscat Thu&Fri 00:00
201 06:30 Sharjah to Muscat Daily 13:40
201 15:30 Sharjah to Muscat Daily 22:35
202 15:00 Abu Dhabi to Muscat Daily 22:1
Daily Oman Bus Services from Oman to UAE
Route Departure Destination Days ETA
102 15:00 Salalah to Dubai Daily 07:00
201 06:00 Muscat to Dubai Daily 11:30
201 07:30 Muscat to Dubai Daily 22:35
201 13:30 Muscat to Dubai wed/thu 19:15
201 16:30 Muscat to Dubai Daily 22:25
201 06:00 Muscat to SharjahDaily 12:15
201 16:30 Muscat to Sharjah Daily 16:30
202 06:30 Abu Dhabi Daily 13:00
If you have a rental car not from Hertz or Avis then check if your car’s insurance covers both the U.A.E. and Oman or if you need to purchase it at the Oman border, before leaving.
With some cars/rental cars you cannot cross the border or you need to have a permission from the company owner/manager.
Follow signs out of Dubai to Al Ain then past Dubai Outlet Mall you will see signs for Hatta
You will pass though a town with red dunes and lots of quad bikes/buggies, and then a roundabout at 37km.
A few km further you pass into Oman, there is no border here, just a checkpoint with no need to stop but have your passport ready in case.
For the next 20 km you are not in the UAE.
Again you pass another checkpoint, this time back to the UAE. Same procedure as before.
Continue following signs for Hatta until you pass the Hatta Fort Hotel roundabout; here head straight on following signs for Oman.
The first process on the border is to collect your UAE exit stamp. Get it from a portacabin which is easily missed, just pull over, hop out and get the passport stamped at the window.
From here on you are in no-mans land (it’s 11km to the Oman border); continue on the road another 3km to Oman customs. If it is after dark then turn off your main headlights as you approach and pop your car trunk. They will have a quick look and hand you a small customs paper slip.
Drive another 8km along the windy road until you see a large domed building on the Oman border. Don’t drive through but follow the ‘New Visa’ sign and park in the car park in front of the border post.
Go in the front entrance and collect a Oman Visa application form from the desk on the left. The visa will cost you 20 Rials (about AED180), you can either get cash from the cash machine in the main hall or pay by Visa/Mastercard. Take the completed form, passport and customs slip to one of the counters on the right and ask for an ‘Entry and Exit’ visa.
The Oman border now offer a ‘visa run’ visa; simply tell them you are not entering Oman and wish to renew your UAE visa, the price for this is 50Dhs and they accept UAE currency.
Jump back in your car and head out the other side of the car park, turning left back to the UAE.
Alternative way to extend your visa
If you don’t want to leave Dubai then you can visit Dubai’s NR Department (DNRD) and get yourself a 30 day extension for just over £100 or you can walk into the Dubai Immigration office in Deira, pay the fee of AED700 and have your visa extended for another 30 days. It does not require a long drive to Hatta where the border is, this can only be done once. A lot of seasoned Expats do the Visa Run from Dubai to Hatta at a much reduced cost.