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I am Indian national, living in Muscat, Oman and plan to travel to Najaf, Iraq via Dubai. In advance, I will go online and get single exit/re-entry visa for Dubai. After staying 14 days in Dubai, I will travel to Najaf for a week.

To check in at Najaf Airport, I have to show a Dubai visa, as I plan to drive from Dubai to Muscat. Can I get the visa online while I am in Najaf, either a transit or a visit visa?

  • Yes. You don't even need to submit your passport and your visa can be processed from India. – greatone Jul 10 '17 at 15:26
  • Have you considered a 30-day visa? Although a bit more than two 96-hour visas, it would eliminate the need to do it while travelling. A transit visa wouldn't work as you want to drive from Dubai to Muscat; it would be a visit visa. – Giorgio Jul 10 '17 at 17:30
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Firstly, a transit visa won't be applicable because you are driving through UAE and as far as I remember transit visas for UAE are arranged through airlines. Individuals are either sponsored by someone living in UAE for short/long term or multiple entry visas or they go for an individual visit/tourist visa.

Since you are a resident of a GCC country you can apply online for a Short term single entry visa– tourist( 30 days). However, keep in mind that this visa usually has a processing time so you should apply for it as soon as you can. Also, you can expedite the processing by paying 100 AED extra, you can check this out in the service fee details section.

A sample of the application is also available.

There is one added benefit if you are an Indian citizen and have a valid USA visa or a green card; then you can get a visa on arrival at an airport or a port. source#1 source#2

  • Why won't a transit Visa work for driving through the UAE on the way back home? – JonathanReez Dec 20 '17 at 14:20
  • Because I have seen transit visas being airline sponsored only provided you meet certain requirements. If you don't have an itinerary with an airline I doubt they will help out with a transit visa. – Newton Dec 20 '17 at 14:30
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You can get a normal visa online anytime, but keep in mind it may take a few days (up to a week) to process it.

You cannot have two outstanding visas for Dubai though, so I suggest you apply for it as soon as you land at Najaf.

Your other option is to apply for a multiple entry visa valid for 30 days; but this usually involves having someone apply on your behalf from within the United Arab Emirates.

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