My uncle is traveling from Dubai to Amsterdam and then to Quito. He is citizen of Ecuador and Pakistan, currently in Pakistan. He will arrive at 5 AM in Dubai from Lahore and leave Dubai at 11:55 PM on the same day.

I want to know how long he can stay in Dubai airport without visa. He will travel by KLM airlines from Dubai to Amsterdam and then from Amsterdam to Quito. Does he need a visa in Dubai?

  • What exactly are you asking? transit visa rules? because the length of the layover will be showing on the ticket, we do not have a copy of the ticket to tell. Jul 3, 2014 at 19:49
  • Sir i m saying that he is coming from Lahore to Dubai then he my uncle will have to travel in klm airlines on 7 july 11.55pm i m asking that if he arrives Dubai from Lahore at 5am 7 July then how much he can stay on dubai airport how much he can stay after arriving from Lahore to Dubai on Dubai airport Jul 3, 2014 at 19:54
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    I took the liberty to edit the question based on your comments.
    – Relaxed
    Jul 3, 2014 at 20:04
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    @Malikhassan This is not a chat (nor the hotline for Dubai airport), if someone knows the answer, they will post it in due time. If you need an immediate answer from a service rep, call the airline.
    – Relaxed
    Jul 3, 2014 at 20:20
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    Based on the conversation, I believe that this ticket is booked on two different itineraries and two different carriers where the Dubai to Lahore carrier is probably either Emirates or PIA. Jul 4, 2014 at 0:44

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Phew! The information on this is not clear at all almost anywhere on the internet. But after careful hunting, I have been able to find the relevant tool.

Based on the comments, I was able to understand two things:

  • You have already booked a flight from DXB (Dubai) to AMS (Amsterdam) to UIO (Quito)

  • You wish to book a flight from Lahore to Dubai which of course would be on a different itinerary, which would make me believe that you will have to re-check in your bags.

  • You mentioned 5am which makes me believe that you will be taking Emirates Flight 623

Now, I understand why your questions was initially about the timing, because the transit visa requirements at the Dubai airport are somewhat vague and you can apply for a 96-hour transit visa if your transit is greater than 8 hours and of course if you hold an onward ticket.

So, considering your situation, the fact that you will be re-checking in bags is more important than anything else.

If you do have to re-check in your bags, then you will need a proper visit visa to enter Dubai otherwise you will not be allowed to do so, possibly not be allowed to board the Lahore to Dubai flight as well. This is well documented by experience from several users on the answers to this question - Can I through check my bags on separate bookings (international flights)?.

Now, if you won't be rechecking in your bags, this situation will be completely different but even then the time will not matter.

The Emirates website has a nice tool for finding your necessary Visa Information. Feeding in the information you presented to us earlier, I was able to obtain this.

So, if you are traveling to Ecuador via Netherlands and Dubai as an Ecuadorian Citizen, and in relation to Dubai,

TWOV (Transit Without Visa):

Holders of confirmed onward tickets for a max. transit time of 24 hours. Visa is required for transit between Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Dubai Al Maktoum International (DWC).

Visa Issuance: A 96-hour transit visa can be obtained on arrival at Dubai (DXB), provided:

  • transit time is at least 8 hours; and
  • holding onward ticket to a third country; and
  • holding a passport valid for at least 6 months from date of arrival. Visas are only issued as a part of a transit package together with hotel accommodation and airport transfer.

Also, I would believe this source to be fairly legitimate being on the Emirates website and directly sourced from IATA which is mentioned on the tool.

In my opinion, your best bet is to get the Emirates ticket and before getting it inquire from Emirates about your situation whether they can re-check in the luggage for you or you can do it without any additional visa requirements.

  • If your luggage is not checked thru then either you'll be required to clear immigration and border control to get to the "other side" or request someone from the airline to do it for you. So if you are doing it, then you're in trouble. Jul 5, 2014 at 6:37
  • Haha. Just to be clear, if your nationality permits, it might be possible to utilize TWOV if your transit is less than 24 hours and you don't have to re-check in bags. You will be eligible for a transit visa if your transit is greater than 8 hours but this doesn't necessarily mean that you will need one. Jul 5, 2014 at 15:25

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