The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship in the United Arab Emirates has allowed foreigners to apply for a five-year tourist visa if they meet four requirements set by the authority.
The first of these conditions is a bank statement for the last six months showing a balance of $4,000 or its equivalent in foreign currencies.
The Federal Authority also requires proof of health insurance, a copy of the passport, in addition to a colored personal photo.
The authority stated that this type of visit visa is available to individuals of all nationalities and allows a person multiple entries over the period of five years. However, the tourist is not allowed to stay in the country for a period exceeding 90 days in a single year.
If a person wishes to extend the annual stay in the country for more than 90 days and for a period not exceeding 180 days, he can submit a request to extend while still the UAE.
On its website, the federal authority called on applicants to ensure that the data entered is correct while filling in all required fields, especially the profession, mother’s name, phone numbers used, email and address, adding that the application will be rejected if an error is found in those requirements.
UAE ‘Golden Visa’
The UAE began issuing the 10-year “Golden Visas” last year which allows recipients to be self-sponsors.
Professionals including doctors, scientists, innovators, outstanding students, researchers, humanitarian workers, entrepreneurs, investors, CEOs and specialists in the fields of science, engineering, health, education, business management and technology have so far been eligible for the Golden Visa.