A Comprehensive Guide to E-Visas for GCC Countries Explained for UAE Residents

As the implementation of the unified tourist permit progresses, residents of the Gulf nations can continue to enjoy their current visa-free travel privileges.

Inspired by the extensive European Schengen travel visa system, the GCC countries have unanimously approved a unified tourist permit. This unified visa will facilitate unrestricted movement among residents of the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, and Kuwait.

During the implementation phase of the Schengen-style visa, nationals of GCC countries continue to enjoy the advantages of their existing visa-free travel privileges. Additionally, e-visa services enable other residents to travel without difficulty.

Here's a breakdown of the process for applying for an e-visa in each Gulf nation:

Saudi Arabia

Tourists from the United Arab Emirates do not need a visa to visit Saudi Arabia. Electronic visas, on the other hand, are available to citizens, allow stays of up to 90 days per visit, and have a validity duration of one year. A single-entry e-visa costs Dh452, while a multiple-entry e-visa costs Dh588. Both options are accessible online.

There are a few things you'll need: a valid picture ID, bank details, an email account, a passport-sized photo with a white backdrop (not necessary), and a passport (which shouldn't expire for at least six months after the e-Visa is obtained).

If the applicant is underage, needs medical help, or has a handicap, their guardian's details (phone number, address, ID, and approval) must also be provided. To apply for a Saudi Arabian eVisa, go to https://visa.mofa.gov.sa/ or the official Saudi Arabian eVisa website. Then, either create an account or log in with the existing one. Fill out the online application form accurately. Then, scan your passport and upload a recent photo that meets the requirements. Finally, scan and upload a digital copy of your valid UAE visa or residency permit. Lastly, provide your residential information.

Last but not least, applicants need to verify all the information they provided is accurate, fill out all the required medical fields, select a health insurance plan, pay the visa fee online with one of the available methods, and then wait for an approval notification (which will include the e-visa) via email.

Oman:

e-visas are available to residents of the UAE, and citizens of the UAE can travel to Oman visa-free. This visa, which permits a stay of 28 days, may be applied for online on the website of the Royal Oman Police. Visa extensions of up to one week are available to visitors.

It will cost you OMR 5. A white-background passport photo and a passport that is at least six months old from the date of entrance are necessary pieces of documentation. Also required for entry into Oman is a copy of the applicant's valid residency permit.

Applicants must first visit the ROP eVisa website, where they must enter their nationality, email address, and password to create an account and then validate their account. Applicants are then directed to the online visa application process. After selecting "Apply for visa" or "Apply for unsponsored visa," they are asked to provide the necessary information in the form. They are then asked to upload digital copies of their passport, photograph, and any other supporting documents that may be required. Finally, they are asked to pay the visa fee online using one of the provided methods. Once approved, they will receive an approval notification via email, which will contain the e-visa.

Qatar

Travelers from 102 countries can enter Qatar without a visa, while those from other countries can apply for an e-visa online using the Hayya platform. Qatar offers its citizens the choice of a 30- or 90-day visit visa, depending on the validity of their passport.

The cost of the Qatar e-visa for UAE nationals is QAR 100. It is easy and quick to apply for a Qatar e-Visa. There are just three simple steps: (1) include your personal information and trip details on the application form; (2) attach the necessary documents in PDF format; and (3) pay to get your application processed.

A valid passport (at least six months), a residence permit or visa to one of the eligible countries listed above (at least 30 days), proof of accommodation in Qatar (e.g., a hotel reservation or your host's address), information about your return or onward travel, and documents stating the applicant's current employment status and occupation are all required.

Visit the Qatar e-Visa portal on the official website of the Qatar Ministry of Interior. Create an account or log in with an existing one. Fill out the online visa application form with the necessary details. Upload digital copies of your passport, photo, and supporting documents. Pay the visa fee online through the provided payment gateway. Once processed, you will receive the e-visa via email. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Bahrain

Visit visas to Bahrain are available in a variety of forms, depending on the visitor's residence status and the length of time they want to remain in the country. The following visa options are available to citizens of the GCC: a two-week single-entry, a one-month multiple-entry, a three-month multiple-entry, and a one-year multiple-entry visa. The restrictions and validity terms of each visa class are different.

Furthermore, for those who qualify, Bahrain offers visa services upon arrival. The cost of a visa varies according to the duration of the trip. Applicants must be outside of Bahrain at the time of visa application, must have a valid resident permit for a GCC country that is valid for another three months, and must not be employed as domestic workers by any of the GCC countries. You may pay for and get your visa online. If the visa expires before the applicant can enter Bahrain, they will need to apply again and pay another cost, according to the validity rules. In order to enter Bahrain, one must have a passport that is valid for at least six months and not work, either for pay or otherwise, while they are there.

An applicant must provide the following papers in order to be considered for a GCC residency permit: a copy of their passport (with the family page and any extra information pages), a copy of their confirmed return airline ticket, a copy of their hotel reservation in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and a copy of their visa that is valid for three months. If you are staying with a family member or acquaintance, you may also send them a copy of the printout from their ID reader.

To apply for a tourist or business visa to Bahrain, visit the official eVisa Bahrain website. Fill out the application form accurately with the necessary information. Scan your passport, photo, and any other documents requested. Pay the visa fee using one of the available online payment options. Once your application is approved, you will receive an email confirming your e-visa.

Kuwait

A valid passport from the United Arab Emirates does not necessitate a visa for entry into Kuwait. Kuwait requires an electronic visa for all visitors holding a foreign passport and a resident card from one of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. All non-UAE nationals are subject to this.

The Kuwait site can issue an e-visa that is valid for a maximum of 30 days. Submitting some basic personal details, passport information, and answering some security questions is all that is required to apply for a Kuwait visa online for UAE citizens. The process is quick and easy.

In order to apply for a Kuwait visa from Dubai or the UAE, you must meet certain requirements, one of which is that you must be a national of one of the countries mentioned below or a resident of the UAE with a GCC residence permit that will be valid for at least six months. A minimum of six months of validity from the

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