Emiratis are Now Eligible for Visa On Arrival to India, But There is a Catch

Posted on November 20th, 2019 by MedPort


UAE Nationals traveling to India can get their visa on arrival! The Government of India, with effect from Nov 16, 2019 has extended the visa on arrival facilities to UAE nationals too. Previously it was available only to Japan and South Korea citizens. The Embassy of India, Abudhabi hopes that the new initiative will further strengthen the trade links as well as strategic ties between both the countries.

However, there are two important catches to note.

  1. Visa on Arrival facility is available to only those UAE citizens who have obtained an Indian visa either as E-Visa or paper visa before. But it doesn’t matter whether they actually visited India or not. Those who are traveling to India for the first time are advised to obtain the visa through E-Visa or Paper Visa.
  2. Visa on Arrival facility is available only at 6 designated Indian airports namely Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi, and Kolkata. If you are traveling to any other destinations, it is better to obtain E-Visa or Paper Visa. Or else you need to board the flight to these airports and then catch a domestic flight to your destination.

Validity, Number of Entries & Cost of Visa on Arrival to India for Emiratis:

Validity60 Days
Number of Entries2
CostINR 2000 per person

Purpose of Visit:

Visa on Arrival is available for the following purposes with a maximum duration of stay of less than 60 days.

  • Business
  • Tourism
  • Medical
  • Conference

Entry points:

Visa on Arrival is available only at the following 6 international airports:

  1. Bangalore
  2. Mumbai
  3. Chennai
  4. Hyderabad
  5. Delhi
  6. Kolkata


  1. The passport should have a minimum validity of 6 months.
  2. The person should have good financial standing. A return ticket must be produced to the visa officer.
  3. The person or his/her parents or grandparents should not have Pakistani origin.
  4. The person should not be a holder of a diplomatic/official passport.

Procedure for applying for Visa on Arrival to India:

Applying for the visa on arrival is an easy process. You just need to download, print and duly fill the Application Form and present it to the Visa officer at the visa counter. The form will be also available at the visa counter as well in airlines.

After that, you need to pay the visa fee of INR 2000 (approximately AED 110)  per person including children to get the visa granted.

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