I am travelling with family to Dubai from Bangalore (India) on 20th December for 3 days and coming back to Amritsar (India) on 23rd December.

Can I get a 96-hour transit visa? If not then which visa (cheapest one) should I go for?


You cannot get a 96-hour transit visa, because you are returning directly to India. You're visiting Dubai, not transiting it:

According to an email from Amer Contact Center, a passenger can apply for a transit 96 hours visa at the airport upon paying its fees. However, they have to meet certain conditions such as the duration between the two trips should not be less than 8 hours and the two trips should be to different destinations (one should transit from Dubai to another destination and not back to the same place where he/she came from.)

The Emirates airline website explains the requirements. There's a special provision if you hold a valid US visa:

As of 1 May 2017, Indian nationals holding a normal passport valid for a minimum of six months from the arrival date, and a visit visa or green card issued by the USA which is valid for a minimum of six months, can obtain a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 14 days for a charge of AED120 (subject to change). They can apply to extend their stay for an additional 14 days for AED250 (subject to change).

If you don't qualify for that, you'll need to apply for a visa in advance. This must be arranged through your airline (e.g. Emirates, flydubai), hotel, or travel agent. You should apply for the type of visa appropriate for your visit (business, tourism, etc...). If you're traveling for tourism, a short-term tourist visa would make sense.

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