Entry Permit / Visas

Generally speaking, all visitors need a visa to enter the UAE, unless you are from one of these countries mentioned in the below link:


  • Please note: Visa rules are subject to change. Kindly confirm with your airline prior booking.
  • Players / accompany persons who require a visa are requested to upload and attach a clear scanned copy of their passports and colored personal photo (both in JPEG/JPG Format) in the online application form.
  • For Indian citizens, last page of the passport is required for visa purposes.
  • Minor accompany persons applying via Dubai Chess Club require a separate passport to process an entry visa.
  • Entry visas to the UAE will be issued for eligible participants subject to the approval of the General Directorate of Residency & Foreigner Affairs – UAE and will be valid for 60 days from the date of arrival.
  • All Visa application fees are non-refundable


Processing Visa Fee for all players (except invited) US$ 50 AED 190
Processing Visa Fee of an accompany Person US$ 100 AED 380
Additional charges for special requests such as:    
a) Indian Citizens requiring “Okay to Board Confirmation” US$ 10 AED 35
b) Uzbek participants requiring a “verification stamp” from the Embassy of The Republic Of Uzbekistan US$ 15 AED 60

For all Visa inquiries, please contact Moheb Serag ( Moheb@dubaichess.ae )