United Arab Emirates (UAE) Visa Photo App

Securing a United Arab Emirates (UAE) visa is crucial for any traveler visiting this dynamic federation of seven emirates. The need to have a suitable photo visa photo for Dubai and other Emirates is an often overlooked aspect of the application process.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) Visa Photo App

In this article, we will show you how to significantly improve the efficiency of the entire application process with a perfect photo for a UAE visa provided by the 7ID App.

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How to Apply for the UAE Visa Online?

There are several platforms to apply for a UAE visa online, including: (*) General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA); (*) Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs & Port Security (ICP); (*) Dubai Visa Processing Center (DVPC); (*) visa via airline.

Below are the steps for each method.


If your destination is Dubai and the requirement is for a tourist, residency or work visa, then GDRFA serves as a handy platform for application. Follow these steps to apply through GDRFA:

(*) Navigate to GDRFA website (https://www.gdrfad.gov.ae/en). (*) Locate and select the "Services" tab. (*) Choose between New Visa Services, Entry Permits or Residency Services, depending on the type of visa required. (*) Complete the application by providing the required documents. (*) Submit the application and proceed to payment.


ICP (ex-ICA portal) functions as a comprehensive destination for immigration and travel procedures, including visa applications. The following is the procedure to apply through ICP:

(*) Visit the official website of ICP (https://icp.gov.ae/en/). (*) Go to the "E-Channel Services" tab. (*) Select the desired type of visa. (*) Complete the application form and attach the required documents. (*) Complete the application and make the payment.


The Dubai Visa Processing Center (DVPC) offers an advanced platform for applying for a visa to Dubai, providing a simple application process.

(*) Initiate your UAE visa application through the Dubai Visa Processing Center (DVPC) website on the Emirates website (https://www.emirates.com/english/). (*) Create a profile or login if you have an existing account. (*) Complete the online application form, upload the required documents, and pay the visa fee using a Visa/MasterCard credit or debit card.

Use mobile applications such as: (*) GDRFA Dubai available on Google Play and App Store. (*) ICA eChannels available on Google Play and App Store. (*) Dubai Now available on Google Play and App Store.

Via airlines

Some UAE-based airlines offer visa application services for certain visa categories, such as transit or tourist visas. As mentioned on the official government portal (https://u.ae/#/), these airlines include:

(*) Etihad Airways; (*) Emirates Airlines; (*) Air Arabia; (*) Fly Dubai.

Each airline has its own visa application procedures, so please contact the customer service or sales department of the airline you intend to fly with to facilitate your visa application.

Documents Required for UAE Tourist Visa Application

For the UAE Tourist Visa Application, you will need the following documentation:

(*) A color photocopy of the passport page containing the applicant's information and a high-quality photo (no glare and with a minimum file size of 900 × 2000 pixels). (*) One color photo matching the UAE visa photo size. (*) A round-trip ticket or reservation confirmation (either an email or a physical copy). (*) A certificate of employment in English, a copy of a bank account, or any Schengen, American or British visa obtained in the last 5 years may be submitted. (*) Finally, fill in the electronic questionnaire on the official website and pay online for visa application services.

7ID Photo Editor: Take a UAE Visa Photo with Your Phone!

7ID: UAE Visa Photo Maker
7ID: UAE Visa Photo Background Editor
7ID: UAE Visa Photo Example

With today's digital connectivity, there's no need to find a photo booth when you can get the perfect visa photo at home. Follow the steps below to take an impeccable UAE visa photo from the comfort of your own home using your smartphone and our special 7ID Visa Photo App:

(*) Ensure good natural lighting, preferably near a window, to avoid strong shadows. (*) Ensure your phone is steady on a solid surface or tripod for clear images. (*) Maintain a straight pose, look directly at the camera lens, show no teeth but a slight smile, and make sure your eyes are visible. (*) Take various photos for options and choose the best one to allow 7ID to make any necessary cropping. (*) Upload your selected photo to the 7ID Photo Editor App, which will then help you format it to the UAE visa photo size and manage the background requirements.

7ID guarantees you a professional photo for your visa, passport or any official application!

UAE Visa Photo Requirements Checklist

When submitting documents, you must provide a photo that meets the following Emirate visa photo specifications:

(*) The standard Dubai visa photo size is 35x45 mm. This format is suitable for applying via the ICP. (*) If you obtain your visa online through Emirates.com, you will need a digital photo sized 300x369 pixels. (*) In some cases, especially if you are applying offline, the required UAE visa photo format is 43×55 mm (4.3×5.5 cm). We recommend you re-check the specifications according to your application method. (*) The face should occupy 70-80% of the photo. (*) The UAE visa photo must be in color. (*) The photo must have a bright background. (*) The photo must have been taken within the last six months.

In the case of online application, the photo requirements for a UAE visa are as follows:

(*) The photo should be in color. (*) The photo should have a light gray background. (*) The image format is JPEG.

It is important to make sure it meets all specifications. Please do so to ensure your visa application is accepted. But don't worry! When you use the 7ID App, you can be sure that your visa photo meets all the requirements!

Not Just a Visa Photo Tool! Other Useful Features of 7ID

The 7ID App goes beyond visa photo guidelines. It covers myriad ID photo requirements and includes tools for handling QR codes, barcodes, digital signatures, and PIN codes.

Explore the versatile features of the 7ID App beyond creating visa photos: (*) QR and Barcode Organizer: Store all your access codes, discount coupon barcodes, and vCards in one accessible place that doesn't require an Internet connection to work. (*) PIN Code Keeper: Store all your credit card PINs, digital lock codes and passwords securely in one place. (*) E-signature feature: Seamlessly digitally sign your documents, including PDFs and Word documents.

Use the 7ID App and be sure your UAE visa photo complies with all the requirements.

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