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For more information about entry visas to the United Arab Emirates, please visit the following link to find out whether you need an entry visa or not

As for citizens of other countries, they must apply for a visa. The Embassy of the UAE in Madrid does not accept regular passport visa applications. The applicant must apply either through Emirates Airlines or any sponsor in the UAE, such as tourism companies, family members, or acquaintances. The entry visa to the United Arab Emirates for citizens of these countries is obtained as follows:

A - Holders of Regular Passports:

They can obtain an entry visa to the United Arab Emirates through a sponsor present within the UAE (this is the faster option). The sponsor can be a company, public or private institution, university, hotel, or Tourism Company. The procedure for the entry permit runs as follows:

1- The traveler sends a copy of their passport to their sponsor.

2- The sponsor submits the visa application on behalf of the traveler to the relevant authorities of the UAE.

3- After the entry permit is issued, the sponsor sends a copy to the traveler, who presents it upon entering the UAE.

4- The Embassy can issue a courtesy entry visa for holders of regular passports with an note verbale for citizens of non-exempt countries, subject to the following conditions:


- The passport should be valid for at least six months.

- Submission of two completed visa applications filled out electronically and signed by the applicant.

- Two recent passport-sized photos.

- An official document addressed to the Embassy from the sponsoring entity in the United Arab Emirates, explaining the passport holder's position and the purpose of the visit.

- A colored copy of the passport and its outer cover.

- Specify the type of visa required (visit, work, etc.).

- Classify the required visa (short-term, long-term, multiple entries).

- Payment of fees according to the type of visa.

- Courtesy visa entries are exempt from fees.


B - Holders of Diplomatic and Special Passports:

Applications for entry visas to the UAE by holders of diplomatic and special passports should be submitted to the UAE’s Diplomatic Mission in Madrid, according to the following conditions:

- The validity of diplomatic or special passports should not be less than six months.

- Two recent passport-sized photos.

- A fully completed and signed visa application form.

- An official document addressed to the Embassy from the official entity requesting the issuance of an entry visa to the UAE for the passport holder, specifying their position and the purpose of the visit.

- In the case of a request for a multiple-entry visa, the identification of the sponsor in the United Arab Emirates should be submitted as well, accompanied by a letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the relevant Embassy.

- Applications should be submitted to the consular section between 9:30 AM and 2:00 PM from Monday to Friday.


Guidelines and Tips for UAE nationals traveling to Spain

Dear citizen, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is confident in your commitment to representing the UAE abroad in a manner befitting the citizens of the UAE. Acknowledging and appreciating this role, and as the Ministry of

Foreign Affairs recognizes its duty towards Emirati citizens abroad, and its commitment to facilitating your travel, residence, and assistance in facing any difficulties, problems, or obstacles they may encounter—God forbid—and aiming to save their time, effort, and money, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is pleased to provide you with a set of important guidelines that will assist and support you in case you plan to travel abroad.

When planning to travel, make sure to:

- Ensure the validity of your passport for the duration of your departure and return, with a minimum validity of six months. Keep digital copies of your passport and the registration or ID for reference in case of loss when consulting the mission.

- Deal with licensed and reputable travel agencies for your travel, accommodation, and transportation bookings.

- Be aware that some countries prohibit the entry of certain foods and canned goods. Avoid carrying them in your luggage, and inquire about the list of prohibited items and restrictions in any country you plan to visit by contacting its Embassy in the UAE or searching for information on the Internet.

- Familiarize yourself with the laws of the country you intend to visit regarding the entry of money, jewelry, and valuable personal belongings.

- Avoid carrying large sums of money during travel and use credit cards as an alternative.

- Obtain a receipt for any currency exchanges made in the country you are visiting.

- If your trip is for business, consult the chambers of commerce in the UAE before negotiating with companies or individuals before your travel. Seek assistance from the UAE’s Diplomatic Mission in the intended country to verify the credibility of those companies. Consult with a lawyer before entering into any contracts.

- When accompanying a maid, ensure you have a written undertaking from the sponsor to cover all expenses.

- Adhere to all safety procedures at airports, including undergoing body scanning technology for passenger inspection, as required in several countries.

- If you plan to drive, make sure to possess an international driving license, as some countries may not accept the UAE driving license.


To avoid legal consequences upon arrival in the country you are visiting, ensure the following:

- Respect all laws and regulations of the country you are visiting.

- Be mindful of laws in countries that prohibit wearing the niqab and burqa (such as France and Belgium).

- Fill in entry forms accurately and respond carefully to queries from immigration officers, providing information only as requested.

- Clearly disclose to customs officials upon arrival everything inside your luggage. Note that some countries require individuals to declare their jewelry, money, checks, and other personal belongings if they exceed a certain limit.

- Obtain receipts for currency exchanges and showcase them upon departure to prevent confiscation of your jewelry and money. Keep receipts for jewelry and valuable items purchases as well.

- Verify the official status of individuals requesting your identification documents.

- Safeguard your passport, flight tickets, and personal belongings in secure locations at your place of residence. Consider using a safety deposit box (available in hotels) for your most important belongings. Register your address and passport number with the UAE‘s Diplomatic mission.

- Avoid granting a general power of attorney outside the UAE to any individual, organization, or lawyer. If necessary, restrict the power of attorney to the specific matter at hand, specifying the case number and subject. The proxy should include a clause stipulating that the agent is not authorized to grant the right of representation to others or engage in settlement, reconciliation, waiver of claims, or discharge of debt without prior written and officially certified consent from the concerned authorities. This is to protect Emirati citizens from exploitation.

For long-term stays abroad:

To avoid legal consequences upon arrival in the country you are visiting, be sure to:

- Follow the legal procedures of the host country and comply with them.


- Choose a licensed and reliable lawyer to deal with, if necessary. You can also inquire with the UAE‘s Diplomatic mission there.

- Renew driving licenses and residence papers continually before their expiration date during your stay to avoid legal consequences, fines, or even imprisonment.

- Be aware of cultural differences between the host country and your home country. Respect their interpretation of your behavior and reactions, as what may seem normal to you may not be the same for the people in the country you are currently residing in. This includes:

- Respecting all systems in the host country, especially university regulations for students.

- Adhering to public order, etiquette, cultures, other religions, privacy, customs, and traditions of the local society. Violation of these may lead to legal consequences.

- Do not pledge your passport or national identity with any party.

- Do not retain or carry identification documents of any other person, including your wife, to avoid charges of possessing documents for others or accusations of theft. Ensure you hand passports and identification documents to your companions, including family and employees, except for minor children.

- Be aware that maids and drivers recruited under a work contract in the UAE and brought with you to the host country are subject to the laws of that country. They may have the right to hold their identification documents, work specific hours, have a specified vacation period, and have freedom of movement. You are obligated to pay them salaries that align with the standards of the host country. Failure to comply may result in legal consequences, including criminal and civil cases.

- Verify the safety of any property you may wish to purchase outside the UAE. Ensure it has a clean official record, with no disputes or obstacles preventing the registration of the intended property. Consult the lawyer you contracted with upon arrival in this country about these documents and request a written statement regarding them. Embassy insights and their lawyers can also be helpful.

- Do not allow security forces in the host country to inspect your residence without the proper authorization from the competent public prosecutor's office, court, or relevant authority.


- In case of questioning or investigation in any case, maintain silence unless your lawyer is present with you. Insist on the lawyer's presence during the investigation or notify the UAE‘s Diplomatic mission. In some legal systems, you may have the right not to provide any information.

- If there is a court summons, comply with appearing before the court with your lawyer at the specified time to avoid a default judgment and inform the UAE‘s Diplomatic Mission.

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