I'm travelling from Madrid to Brisbane, but I have a 9 hours layover at Dubai Airport. I do not plan to leave the airport, and the connection is with the same airline (Emirates). I'm from El Salvador.

Do I need a transit visa?


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You do not need transit visa, however, do consider having one, as 9 hours is a long layover. Dubai airport is nice, you get free wifi and have plenty of window shopping opportunities plus restaurants but I would still consider getting out for that time and have a tour of the city whether it's day or evening time. Transit visas through Emirates website are around $60 and they process the visa within 3-4 working days.

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    Can you please post a link to the website where the visa instructions and requirements are posted?
    – gmauch
    Mar 11, 2015 at 19:05
  • Have a look at Emirates Visa Services, you can apply for your visa through 'Manage a Booking' section, as far as I remember, you would just need to upload scanned copy of your passport and recent photograph. Here is the link: emirates.com/english/plan_book/essential_information/… Mar 11, 2015 at 19:34
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    @pnuts - you can stretch your time by taking the metro which allows for more sightseeing and stops right at the malls. Sep 3, 2015 at 8:52

When you are transitting within the same terminal 3 with Emirates then you do not require a visa as you won't pass through immigration.

And it seems this is the case for you.

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    Emirates in particular is very good at handling UAE visa, even if you need to get one to visit the city to make a good use of those 9 hours.
    – AKS
    Mar 10, 2015 at 12:02

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