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The Abu Dhabi Tourist Visa Explained – Rule Changes in 2022

On this page, we detail everything you need to know about tourist visas for Abu Dhabi and the UAE. Note that these visa rules apply no matter which Emirate you come in and out of.

We have updated this page following changes to the visa system in October 2022.

We have attempted to provide clear and accurate information; however, at the time of writing, some aspects of the new Visa system are not entirely clear during this transition period. This page will be amended as soon as more official information becomes available.

In addition to requiring a visa to enter the country as a tourist, please keep abreast of current COVID-19 requirements . As of 7 November, 2022, the Al Hosn “Green Pass” requirement was abolished .

Who needs to apply for a Tourist Visa?

Anyone not a GCC national or eligible for a visa on arrival (see list below) must apply for a visa in advance to visit the UAE.

You can apply either through your airline or UAE-registered tour operator for the appropriate visa.

  • Visa services from Etihad Airways
  • Visa Services offered by Emirates Airline
  • Visa services from Fly Dubai
  • Visa services from Air Arabia

A single entry transit visa for less than 48 hours is free, whilst of 4-day short-stay, visa costs 50AED.

A 30-day, single-entry visa costs in the region of 350 AED, depending on the service that you use to obtain it. Alternatively, a 60-day single-entry visa costs in the region of 650 AED. Both 30 and 60-day single-entry visit visas can be extended for a further 30 days for a fee of 960 AED.

Note that people under the age of 18 cannot apply for a tourist visa unless they are travelling with their parents.

Visa-Free Entry to the UAE

Citizens from  GCC Countries   do not need to apply for a visa on arrival to the UAE.

Countries eligible for Visa on Arrival

Upon landing at Abu Dhabi International Airport, simply make your way to immigration, where your visa will be issued.

These countries are currently eligible for a FREE visit visa on arrival to the UAE:

  • Czech Republic
  • Liechtenstein
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • People’s Republic of China
  • Republic of El Salvador
  • Republic of Mauritius
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Vatican City

A visit visa for most of these countries lasts for 60 days and can be renewed for another 30 days twice. If you overstay a visit visa, the fine is 200 AED for the first day and 100 AED per day after that – see more below on overstays.

There is a 10-day grace period (this means that you won’t be fined for overstaying your visa until Day 70). 

Note that the 26 countries in the Schengen Zone had previously been allowed to stay in the UAE for 90 days, although it is unclear whether this is still the case following the immigration reforms of October 2022.

Five-Year Multi-Visit Visa (New in 2022)

A five-year multi-visit visa is also available for the above countries, which allows the holder to stay in the UAE for up to 90 days in a row and up to 180 days per year.

In order to apply for this type of visa, you need to prove that you have USD 4,000 in your bank account (for at least six months prior to the visa application) and purchase UAE Health Insurance.

Citizens of India

There are specific rules applicable to Indian citizens,  which you can find here .

If you have any concerns, you should verify this information on the UAE Government website.

What happens if my tourist Visa has expired?

If your 60-day tourist visa to the UAE has expired, you have two options:

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  • Leave the country before your 10-day grace period expires (ie, by day 69)
  • Apply to Immigration and pay a fee to have your visit visa extended. It is currently understood that you are able to extend your 60-day visa by 30 days twice, giving you a maximum of 120 days in the UAE ( previously, you could keep renewing indefinitely by leaving the country and returning).

What is a Visa Run?

A Visa run is a common expression used for when you leave the country in order to re-enter and start a fresh visit visa immediately.

Most commonly, this is done on the UAE’s border with Oman as it is quite straightforward and inexpensive to cross by land, provided you have access to a car. We have a detailed guide on how the process works on our Dubai Travel Planner site . It is identical for Abu Dhabi, although there may be closer border crossing points to consider near Al Ain.

There is no need to do a visa run as visas can easily be renewed online, but it is still an option which helps combine costs with a trip to a neighbouring country.

Accidental overstays

It’s important to note if you leave the country during the first 60 days, your UAE Visa on Arrival will not renew upon re-entry. It’s a 60-day multi-entry Visa .  If you are travelling through Abu Dhabi, let’s say onward to Europe, then have a stopover in Abu Dhabi again, be very careful if that second stop sees you cross over from 60 days to 70 days.

Eg: You arrive in Abu Dhabi on 1 September, stay for a few days, and then fly on to Europe. You return to the UAE on 30 October.  You then spend two weeks in Abu Dhabi and fly out again on 12 November.

Even though you only stayed in the UAE for just over two weeks, your original 60-day visa was still valid on re-entry. You are considered to have overstayed your visit visa by 12 days as you did not leave the country, and it was not renewed during the 10-day grace period.

Road trip to Oman?

A good way to avoid this can be to include a trip to Oman with your Abu Dhabi trip!  Musandam is our favourite location for an overnight trip, although the closest crossing point from Abu Dhabi city is Al Ain; not only an amazing experience, but you can avoid any issues with overstaying your visa and receiving a fine by exiting the country between day 60 and day 69.

There are a few small costs involved, and depending on your nationality, you may need to apply for an e-visa in advance. Other than transportation, you have to pay an exit fee to the UAE, and a  tourist Visa entry fee to Oman, currently 5OR for a 10-day visit visa. 

Re-entering the UAE, there are no charges on the Omani or UAE side, just stamping of your passports.

If you are travelling in a hire car, you will need to check that your insurance covers Oman and obtain a ’no objection certificate (NOC)’.

Head back to our Abu Dhabi Essential Planning Page

NB If you are looking to work in the UAE and become a resident, different visa categories will apply.  You may still be instructed by a future employer to enter on a tourist visa; then you will be changed across to the appropriate visa category in due course.

Disclaimer: This information is correct at the time of publication in October 2022. We cannot be held liable for any omissions. Where possible, we have quoted the relevant source where you can verify the information. We are not travel agents and cannot arrange visas for you. This is a personal blog, our website terms of use can be found  here .

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An Abu Dhabi visit visa is free of charge upon arrival at  Zayed International Airport  for citizens of the following countries:

GCC citizens do not need a visa to enter the UAE.

Countries not listed

Citizens of all other countries will need to apply for an Abu Dhabi tourist visa, transit visa or visit visa prior to their trip.

Apply for a visa with airlines

If you are flying with Etihad Airways , a visit visa may be arranged for you upon request. If you have booked your trip through a travel agency, in most cases they will be able to arrange this for you.

Alternative visa application methods

Alternative methods to apply for an Abu Dhabi visit visa would be to apply through your nearest UAE embassy. An eye scan will be required at the airport. Cruise passengers can now apply for the multiple visa entry for AED 200.

For more information on visa types or how to get your visa, visit the Abu Dhabi Government website or call its contact centre on +971 2 666 4442 (800-555 from inside the UAE).

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A tourist wishing to visit the UAE can apply for a tourist visa through the electronic channels of official and private agencies, after fulfilling the requirements for obtaining the entry visa. You can learn about the requirements for entering the UAE and the procedures regarding COVID-19 tests through the websites of the airlines, which are kept up-to-date.

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You can submit an application for a tourist visa, as well as all types of entry visas to the UAE, electronically through government portals.

  • Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship
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You can apply for a visit visa through national airlines and authorised airlines in the UAE.

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You can apply for a visit visa through one of the hotels in the UAE, adhering to the visa requirements.

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You can apply for a visit visa through travel agencies in the UAE.

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UAE embassies and consulates allow you to apply for a tourist visa.

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Citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries do not need a visa to enter the UAE. They can enter the country after presenting their passport issued by one of the GCC countries. Citizens of a few countries can travel to the UAE and obtain an entry visa upon arrival, and the duration of stay according to this visa is up to 30 days. Citizens of other countries can obtain a visa that allows for a stay of up to 90 days upon arrival.

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The new system also covers procedures and requirements in cases where passports or id cards are lost or damaged, whether the holder is inside or outside the country.

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The Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security (ICP) has approved the rules and procedures of the New Visa Scheme for the United Arab Emirates, coinciding with the official launch of the system on Monday, October 3, 2022.

This step is an implementation of Cabinet Resolution No. 65 concerning the executive regulation of the Federal Decree-Law No. 29 of 2021 concerning the entry and residence of foreigners.

The ICP has documented the conditions and rules implementing the decision, as well as the work guidelines of the unified system for tourist, medical and educational entry visas. The ICP also confirmed that the mechanisms for prescribing rules and requirements aim to maximise the level of strategic balance when making decisions and crystalise government visions and directions according to a joint work methodology. This was carried out in coordination with ICP’s partners to further enhance individual and societal security, safety, and stability.

In his speech on this occasion, Major General Suhail Saeed Al Khaili, ICP Director-General, said that the new visa system aligns with both the Principles of the 50 and the objectives UAE 2071 Centennial. It also promotes the values of coexistence, tolerance and human fraternity, and keeps pace with the various changes and developments seen across economic, political and social landscapes, both locally and internationally, he added.

Al Khaili stressed that the system establishes an outline of the country’s visa structure for work, tourism, medical treatment and education, further advancing its standing, and enhancing its regional and global competitiveness.

Al Khaili added that the conditions and rules that the ICP approved were developed based on extensive studies of government trends, aimed at preventing any security breaches and ensuring the safety of society members, and protecting the UAE’s cohesive society, and its status as an attractive hub for business and tourism, a champion of knowledge, and a leader in sustainable development and future planning.

He also pointed out that the newly developed visas will drive development in the UAE by attracting entrepreneurs, talents, professionals and exceptional graduates and students, and enhancing its status as a conducive environment for work and living.

Moreover, Major General Al Khaili said that the conditions and rules for visas were prepared based on the review and evaluation of the competent authorities, such as the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, and other federal and local entities, to ensure that the new visa system achieves its objectives.

For his part, Major General Sultan Yusuf Abdul Rahman Al Nuaimi, Director-General of Residency and Foreigners Affairs at the ICP, said that the approval of the conditions and rules are clear and cover all visas across various types and durations. This includes more than 15 types of visas, such as tourist entry visas, golden and green residencies, and entry permits for truck drivers through land ports, those covering neighbouring countries, for workers on cruise ships and such, entry permits to visit friends or relatives, among others.

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The new criteria and rules include the conditions for visas to explore opportunities to start a business, as well as for holders of specific international residence visas and for humanitarian cases, Al Nuaimi said.

The new system also covers procedures and requirements in cases where passports or ID cards are lost or damaged, whether the holder is inside or outside the country.

Al Nuaimi explained that the ICP has approved the guidebook on the unified system for tourist, medical and student visas, defining the responsibilities, powers, procedures, criteria and conditions for the issuance of each type of entry visa, as well as applicable administrative and financial fines.

Major General Sultan Al Nuaimi urged all those who wish to know the rules or conditions related to the new visa scheme to contact with customer service at 60052222222, or submit requests through the ICP’s website www.ICP.GOV.AE and the UAEICP smart app, or through the typing centres in the country.

He also called on the public to stay updated on related decisions, regulations and activities through the ICP's official platforms and social media accounts.

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Earlier this year, the UAE cabinet announced major changes to the UAE visa system, which will result in simplified requirements and more benefits for visitors and residents

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Earlier this year, the UAE cabinet announced major changes to the UAE visa system, which will result in simplified requirements and more benefits for visitors and residents. The Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security (ICP) has approved the rules and procedures of the New Visa Scheme, officially called the UAE Entry and Residence Scheme, featuring 10 types of visas.

Visitors and residents alike can benefit from the scheme, which is an implementation of Cabinet Resolution No. 65 concerning the executive regulation of the Federal Decree-Law No. 29 of 2021 concerning the entry and residence of foreigners. A quick overview of all the changes is provided below to make it easier to keep track of all the changes, which came into effect as of October 3, 2022.

Changes to the Golden Visa The Golden Visa, a long-term visa issued for a period of 10 years, with the aim to attract foreign investment, highly skilled workers and retaining talents, has been updated as a part of the new Visa Scheme. The eligibility requirements of applicants has expanded to investors in real estate, owners of successful startups, graduates from one of the top 100 universities worldwide and more. In addition, Golden Visa holders can sponsor an unlimited number of support service laborers, and the duration of stay outside the UAE would not nullify the Golden Visa. It is also worth noting that the Golden Visa shall also be renewable upon expiry for a consecutive period. Additionally, individuals who receive the approval to obtain a Golden Visa are now entitled to an entry permit extending for a period of 6 months with multiple entries allowed throughout the duration.

Implementation of the Green Visa Also included within the New Visa Scheme is the Green Visa – a 5 year residency visa aimed at self-employed individuals, freelancers, investors or partners in commercial entities, as well as highly skilled workers. The Green Visa allows its holder to reside in the UAE, as well as sponsor dependents and first-degree relatives (including unmarried sons until the age of 25) without the need for a sponsor or employer. Children of determination are granted a residence permit, regardless of their age. Moreover, the grace period after the residence visa expiry or cancellation in the UAE for expats has been extended from 30 days to 6 months.

Changes to employee’s residency visas Residence permits for employees in the UAE will now be issued for a maximum period of 2 years, rather than 3 years which was previously facilitated in many free zones across the country. This has already been announced by a number of free zones including DMCC, DDA, and DIFC, notifying entities that all visa applications, new and renewals alike, shall be converted to 2 years.

Changes to the Tourist Visa Duration The New Visa Scheme has also amended the previous tourist visa rule, allowing individuals with a standard short-term tourist visa to remain in the UAE for 60 days, rather than the previous 30 days period. This remains subject to the visa application process and the approval of the ICP.

Entry Visa for Tourists without Sponsor Requirements Additionally, a five-year visit visa for tourists has been included in the Scheme, and a sponsor is not required for this type of tourist visa, which will allow tourists to enter and re-enter the UAE and remain for a maximum period of 90 days, throughout the entire visa duration. Moreover, the stay may be extended, provided that it does not exceed a period of 180 days per year.

Furthermore, a job exploration visit visa has also been implemented, with the aim to attract young talents and skilled professionals seeking job opportunities in the UAE. The eligibility criteria is restricted to fresh graduates from one of the top 500 universities in the world, with a minimum educational level of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Besides, a new business entry visa will allow investors and entrepreneurs to explore business opportunities in the UAE, without the need of a sponsor. Also falling under the “no sponsor” category are relatives and friends of UAE residents and citizens who are looking to visit the country.

An entry permit will also be granted for individuals having a temporary work mission or project-based business trips, provided they are sponsored by an employer. Similarly, visas will be issued for study and training purposes for individuals looking to attend training or educational courses or internships in the UAE. The study and training visas shall be sponsored by the UAE-based educational institutions or public and private entities licensed in the country.

Omar Almasri is a corporate paralegal based at BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates.

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UAE new visa rules 2022: what do the changes mean for jobs, families and tourism?

Rules governing the ways people work and live in the uae were approved in april.

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New rules governing the ways people work and live in the UAE come into effect today, Monday October 3.

Approved by the Cabinet in April, this is one of the biggest shake-ups to the country’s immigration policy in years.

Longer visit visas for tourists , long-term residency for sought-after professionals and easy access to the 10-year Golden Visa scheme were among the headline changes.

But what does this all mean, and does any of it affect or benefit you? Here The National breaks down the changes.

Is the Golden Visa changing?

Golden Visa services have a dedicated portal here , on the federal immigration website. Abu Dhabi’s service can be found here .

No costs have yet been released, but some require a deposit of between Dh1,500 and Dh2,000.

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What happened?

The Cabinet approved the “executive regulations” of the Federal Decree-Law on Entry and Residence of Foreigners.

This put into motion the creation of new visas and formally approved others, such as the Golden Visa residency system , that had already been rolled out.

Many of the details were made public over the previous 18 months but the new elements include a 60-day entry visa for many tourists and allowing parents to continue to sponsor disabled children when they reach adulthood.

Who are the new visa rules aimed at?

Golden visas

The country’s leaders want to attract more skilled professionals, those with medicine and science backgrounds, the brightest students and tech-savvy minds to live in the Emirates.

Wealthy investors, entrepreneurs and company owners are sought after. Officials hope they will set down roots, invest in property and make the country their long-term home.

The wide range of 10 visa types may benefit many residents and people planning to make the country home.

There are several visa types that are aimed at these groups, including Golden Visas, which were first approved in late 2020. In the first year, 44,000 visas were issued in Dubai alone.

“The golden visa for an ownership of Dh2 million on real estate will definitely be a major boost for middle and higher segments to invest in the UAE through real estate or other sources," said Vijay Valecha, chief investment officer of Century Financial Consultancy.

Who is eligible for a UAE Golden Visa under new rules?

Who is eligible for a UAE Golden Visa under new rules?

Green visas

In the middle-income bracket are green visas , which are aimed at skilled workers, freelancers and the self-employed. These grant the holder five years’ residency.

To be eligible, an applicant requires a monthly salary of Dh15,000 and a bachelor's degree in certain skilled fields, including science, law, education, culture or social sciences, among others.

Someone who currently holds a two or three-year trade licence for freelance work may find this option attractive, but the costs have not yet been set out.

A green visa holder can sponsor relatives for residency for five years. Previously, this was typically allowed for two years.

Ajman, United Arab Emirates - Reporter: Anam Rizvi. News. Andalus Abdulwahhab celebrates out the sunroof of her car before her drive through graduation from Ajman University because of Covid-19. Wednesday, February 10th, 2021. Ajman. Chris Whiteoak / The National

There is no specific provision for lower-income and lower-skilled workers to secure special visas. But jobseeker and five-year multi-entry visas may benefit people who wish to move to the Emirates, or join family here.

In particular, this could benefit people from countries that require paid-for visas in advance of flying, such as India, Pakistan, Philippines and Bangladesh. Officials did not say how long a jobseeker visa was valid for, but previously said six months when it was mooted before the pandemic.

Primarily, it is aimed at “young talent and skilled professionals”. Recent graduates from the world’s top 500 universities are included in this category.

“The abolishment of needing a sponsor or host for a visit visa is a big step to prompt young individuals to come to the UAE for job opportunities,” Mr Valecha said.

Family sponsorship

Last year, authorities allowed parents to sponsor their male children until they were 25 instead of 18.

The decision in April appears to affirm that and to add new provisions, allowing parents with a disabled child to sponsor them into adulthood. Parents can continue to sponsor unmarried daughters at any age.

Why are these changes being made?

The government hopes to attract more highly skilled people to live in the Emirates and build a bigger “knowledge economy”.

Scientists, coders and tech workers and just some of the professionals it hopes to attract.

Population growth is also high on the agenda.

Dubai alone wants to boost its 3.5 million residents to 5.8 million by 2040.

The country further wants to rapidly bounce back from the Covid pandemic , welcoming back millions more tourists. Allowing people to stay more easily for longer aids all of these goals.

Does any of this affect me?

If you are a salaried employee working for a company you are likely to stay on a regular two and three-year visa.

Employees may find they are eligible to secure a Golden Visa, particularly if nominated by a friend or acquaintance with that visa. Their status with their employer would not be affected and health insurance would continue to be provided as standard.

Who is eligible for a Golden Visa?

There is no exhaustive list of every job category.

You can apply here on the website of the Federal Authority for Identity using your Emirates ID and see if you are eligible.

Or you can be nominated directly by someone you know who already has a Golden Visa.

The list of eligible professionals and qualifications includes people in science, technology, arts, culture and the creative industries. People investing Dh1 million to Dh2 million in property also have several options.

Who pays for a visa?

Most of the new visas on the list are aimed at freelancers, self-employed people and business owners, who would foot the bill for their own visa or arrange through their own company.

Golden Visas have already processed payments in the hundreds or low thousands of dirhams.

It’s important to note that by law a regular employee working for a company cannot be made to pay for a basic residency visa.

‘Many roles take months to secure’

CEOINSPIRESELECTION- Louise Vine, Managing Director, Inspire Selection during a photo shoot in Dubai on Tuesday, March 19, 2018. Photo by Dhes Handumon

Louise Vine, managing director at Inspire Selection recruitment agency in Dubai, earlier this year said the recruitment process for professional roles, and particular senior roles, can take months.

“It gives people a purpose to come here and it helps the government understand they are on a mission to find a job, rather than being here as a tourist,” she said.

The duration, which has not yet been announced, will be important.

Depending on the level of the role, recruitment can take anything from a few weeks to several months, she said.

“You would need potentially three to six months to find a senior role in certain industries,” Ms Vine said.

“There are fewer jobs and also the interview process is quite lengthy, so it’s not just one interview and job done. It could be four or five interviews and case studies to prepare for, so it takes time.”

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One regular question from most travelers in the UAE ask us, “How can I do my UAE Tourist Visa Extension?”. Well, you can extend your visa for specified number of days depending on the type of tourist visa you have. In this guide we will provide you with multiple options along with recent UAE visa regulation updates.

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  • 5. UAE visa extension new rules - 2024 ➜
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Visa Extension Options for Nationals with On Arrival Visa

  • 30 days on arrival nationals
  • 90 days on arrival nationals

Countries valid for the 30 days on arrival free visa include Andorra, Australia, Brunei, Canada, China, Hong Kong-China, Japan, Kazakhstan, Macau-China, Malaysia, Mauritius, Monaco, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, San Marino, Singapore, Ukraine, United States of America, Vatican City, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.

Below are the visa extension options available for these nationals :

Pay around 990 AED to extend your 30 days free on-arrival visa. The UAE government grants you a 10 days grace period in case you miss on your expiry dates and offers you 20 days after you apply for extension. Cumulatively, you get to spend 60 days in the UAE from the day one to your departure date.

You may exit UAE briefly to the neighboring countries like Oman and apply for an express visa back to the country. You can either travel by road to the other country or opt for airport transfer which is faster.

To use this option, book with Arabiers an airport-to-airport visa change ticket and board a plane to the nearby country like Oman. Chill out at the Oman airport for about an hour and then board another plain back to the UAE. Arabiers will processes your express 30 days on-arrival visa.

This visa extension option is perfect for those who want to stay in the UAE for more than 60 days. This is how this visa extension works :

  • First, leave the UAE at least one day before your visa expiry date and go to your home country or any other country.
  • Immediately you exit, send Arabiers your exit stamp and a copy of your passport to make an application on your behalf.
  • Wait for a few days for the 90 days visa to be approved.
  • We will then send the valid visa to you visa email.
  • Come back to the UAE and enjoy 90 more days there.

Travelers who need to stay in the UAE for 90 more days without leaving the country should consider using this visa extension option. Here is how it works :

  • To begin with, contact Arabiers before 5 days of your current tourist visa expiry.
  • Next, send us a copy of your passport, current visa or your on-arrival entry stamp and a passport sized photo.
  • We will apply for a 90 days visa which will be processed in 3 to 5 days.
  • We will get the status of your visa hanged to the new visa and you may continue with your stay in the country for another 90 days.

Countries valid for the 90 days free multi entry on arrival visa include, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas Islands, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El-Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Kiribati, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Montenegro, Nauru, Netherlands, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Uruguay.

  • Brazil nationals are eligible for a 90 day on arrival visa that is valid for 365 days.
  • South Korea Nationals are eligible for 90 days straight stay visa.

Here are the visa extension options for travelers with the 90 days on arrival visa to the UAE :

This is the most economic visa extension options for 90 days visa holders. Contact Arabiers and then settle on an exit date few days to your visa expiry. Exit the UAE to a nearing country like Oman by road. Arabiers will then apply for a UAE express visa valid for 30 or 60 days depending on your instructions. We will then send the e-visa via email and you can get back to the country.

Consider an airport transfer from UAE to a neighboring country like Oman to extend your 90 days on-arrival visa. Contact Arabiers, who will organize your flight tickets to Oman. Exit the UAE to Oman and chill in the airport for an hour and then board a plane back to the UAE. Arabiers will apply for the express 30- or 60-days express e-visa on your visa and will be handed to you when you land back into the UAE.

This is the ideal visa extension option for travelers seeking to extend their stay in the UAE for more 90 days. Here is how this extension works :

If you need to stay in the UAE for 90 more days without leaving the country, consider using this visa extension option. Here is how it works :

  • Next, send us a copy of your passport, current visa or your on-arrival entry stamp and a passport sized photo

UAE visa Extension options for Prepaid / Pre-Arranged Visa Holders

Nationals that are not eligible for the on-arrival UAE visa must obtain a prepaid visa before entering the country. Just like other passport holders, a Prepaid visa holder, may also wish to extend their stay in this amazing middle eastern country. The UAE allows you to extend your days in the country provided that you apply for a visa extension before your visa expiry date. Here are the visa extension options available for you :

1. Extend your Preexisting Prepaid Tourist Visa

2. oman visa run.

  • 3. Airport to Airport Visa Change

If you obtained your UAE tourist visa from an airline or a tour operator like Arabiers, you an extend it twice. The first extension is allowed for 30 days and the second time you apply for an extension, you are granted 20 more days in the country.

When travelling from the UAE to Oman, you are eligible for an Oman on-arrival visa at the Oman borders. Self-drive out of the UAE and re-enter the country with either an on-arrival visa or a prepaid visa. This strategy is used mostly by nationals eligible for on-arrival visa. The 30 days on-arrival visa holders get another free visa when they use this route while the 90 days on-arrival visa holders must apply for a prepaid visa when they exit the UAE.

3. Airport to airport visa change

Most prepaid visa holders use this method to extend their UAE visas. Exit the UAE by flying to the nearest middle eastern airport, relax at the airport for about a few hours as we process your express UAE visa and then jet back into the country. Contact us to help you arrange for the airport-to-airport transfer and also for the express visa application. Here is how the Airport-to-airport visa change works :

Send your documents via WhatsApp.

Previous visa copy, clear colour scan of passport and photo of the applicants with a white background. Also, send us the residence visa page of the reference person.

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Book a visa change ticket.

We will book a visa change ticket at the available time slots. A visa change ticket is a special ticket with a visa change stamp.

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Get an exit stamp & boarding pass via WhatsApp

Reach the airport by 8am and send us a photo of your exit stamp and boarding pass before 9am. Regardless of your flight timing, the airport allows you to get your exit stamp and boarding pass early.

Fly and come back

Fly from UAE and come back to UAE.

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Get New UAE Visa via WhatsApp

Get the new visas from us through WhatsApp.

Enter UAE with the new visa.

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Visa Extension for Cancelled Residents Visa Holder

If you are already in the UAE and your visa gets cancelled, the UAE Immigration grants you a free 30 to 60 days grace period to decide on the way forward in the country. If you decide to exit the country, take this time to settle your tenancy contracts, mobile bills, credit card, loans and home connections and then exit the UAE. If you are switching jobs or want to stay longer, make use of the grace period to obtain a tourist visa. You can use Oman visa run, airport to airport transfer or fly to another country and come back to the UAE to get a new tourist visa to the UAE. As much tempting as it may be, do not attempt to overstay the grace period as you risk paying fines worth 50 AED for each day you overstay.

UAE visa extension new rules - 2024

The UAE government has come up with new visa extension regulations that ought to be adhered to by every traveler.

Dubai residents are now allowed to sponsor family and friends to stay in the UAE for up to 90 days. This visa, known as the UAE visit visa for family and friends is valid for 90 days and an be applied through the GDFRA website, a mobile application, or the Amer center. UAE immigration is yet to disclose the extension details for this visit visa. Source: ICP

The visa extension reforms implemented from December 23, 2022 led to the discontinuation of visa extension while in the country. Many travelers are now opting for airport-to-airport visa change and Oman visa run options. The Covid-19 pandemic had forced the UAE to allow the in-country visa extensions due to travel restrictions. Source: Arabiers Visa processing team

The UAE introduced the 60 days visa , effective from October 3, 2022. Before that, travelers could only apply for the 30- and 90-days tourist visa. currently, you may apply for either a single entry or multiple entry 30- or 60-days visa. All nationalities are eligible to apply for this visa and it is also extendable. Source: ICP

If your permit is cancelled by your sponsor or employer in the UAE, you an obtain a new tourist visa without necessarily exiting the country. This is possible when you choose inside country visa change without exit to extend your stay. Source: Gulf News, June 06, 2020

The Royal Police of Oman issued a statement on 25 October 2019 that all nationalities entering Oman must apply for a pre-entry visa to be allowed entry into the country. This regulation came to effect from 1st November 2019, so if you are opting for an Oman visa run to extend your UAE visa, you should plan in advance to acquire a Oman visa. Source: The National, 19 November 2019

If you hail from a country that qualifies for the on-arrival UAE visa, you can extend your visit from an on- arrival visa to a prepaid visa without exiting the UAE.

The UAE now offers a Travel Insurance that covers Covid-19, so if you want to extend your visit or tourist visa, obtain the insurance just in case its needed.

If you are an Indian national with a USA visa, EU Residence Permit or a UK Residence Permit, you qualify for the on-arrival UAE tourist visa but at a cost. You will be charged 100 AED for the on-arrival visa and an extra 20 AED service charge. The visa is valid for 14 days and can be extended once for another 14 days. To extend this visa, you must pay an extension fee of 250 AED and 20 AED service charge. If you overstay your visa validity, you will be charged 100 AED penalty for every day you stay and 200 AED to get the departure permit. Contact us if you need to stay in the UAE for 1 or 2 months. Otherwise, visit the immigration office or the airport if you want to extend you visa. Source: Gulf News

UAE New Work Week

The UAE looks forward to become the region’s most effective and efficient corporate and economic development hub. This prompted them to reduce the number of working days from 5 to 4.5. As from 1 January 2022, all official departments operate Monday to Friday noon. This means that if you need to apply for a visa extension, you must do it during the countries business days and hours. Ensure that you apply for a visa extension before your current visa expires.

Expiring visas, Passport & Validity

If you want to apply for a new UAE tourist visa, you must have a passport valid for at least 6 months. When you get into the UAE and want to extend your visa, we advise you to renew your passport in advance if its nearing expiry. After you renew your passport, you can easily exit the UAE and then come back with a new tourist visa, following the extension options discussed above.

Reforms and Updates related to UAE visa Extension 2024

  • December 13, 2023 Bosnia and Herzegovina passport holders can now enter the UAE visa free and obtain an on-arrival visa. This regulation applies for those traveling for tourism, business and other short-term visits into the UAE. The move to eliminate the need for visa for Bosnia and Herzegovina citizens symbolizes the deepening diplomatic connections between the two countries that result in smooth travel for their citizens. ( Source: Arabiers processing team )
  • September 27, 2023 The UAE announced its plans to implement the GCC visa which will operate just like the Schengen visa. This visa will allow travelers to enter any of the GCC countries, which includes, the UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain without any constraints. Currently the GCC countries residents can move across borders without limitations, but foreigners must apply for visa to be allowed entry. ( Source: Gulfnews )
  • July 25, 2023 The 90 days leisure visa was re-introduced after it was scrapped off in 2022. travelers who wish to extend their stay in the UAE to explore more can apply for this visa. The visa is available for all nationalities and can be extended without exiting the country at an additional cost. ( Source: Arabiers processing team )
  • May 31, 2023 The UAE Immigration eliminated the 10-day grace period for prepaid visit visa holders. You can now only stay for 30 or 60 days, according to your visa validity, after which you must exit the country. If you wish to extend your stay in the UAE, you must apply for visa extension, otherwise, just exit the country to avoid overstaying penalties. ( Source: Arabiers processing team )
  • Febraury 06, 2023 ICP introduced a new service that allows prepaid visa holders to extend their 30- or 60-days visa by exiting the country and then coming back. ( Source: ICP UAE )
  • January 23, 2023 You will be charged 100 AED per service offered by the UAE ICP. The charges are appliable to those applying for an Emirates ID, visit visa, resident visa among other services. ( Source: ICP UAE )
  • September 27, 2022 If you want to layover or change flights in a UAE airport, you need to apply for either a 48 hour or 96-hour transit visa. Airport transit visas cannot be extended.
  • August 20, 2022 Kids aged 15 years and below do not need to take the Covid-19 PCR test before entering the UAE.
  • August 13, 2022 The UAE government has plans to increase the standard stay duration from 30 days to 60 days. This is a strategy to increase the amount of time tourists spend in the country. ( Source: The National )

The UAE has abolished the grace period and therefore he should exit the country asap or extend his tourist visa.

Contact Arabiers to discuss the available options for you.

Contact us to arrange for a visa extension.

Keep glued to get updates from the government if you can apply for a 5-year visa with a 60-day visit visa.

A visa change air ticket is a special ticket with a visa stamp that allows you to fly to a neighboring Middle Eastern country without an entry visa to that specific country. When you want to extend your visa through airport-to-airport transfer, we organize with the airline for this type of visa.

Whether to pay for visa extension fees, wholly depends on your nationality and the kind of visa you had.

Absolutely! If you do not prefer other visa extension methods listed above, we can help you obtain a new visa in 8 to 24 hours after exiting the UAE. However, this visa extension method is costly and more hectic since you have to book a return ticket to your country.

If you stay past your visa validity dates, you will be charged 50 AED per day for each day you overstay in the UAE.

You can pay visa fines at the immigration counter in the airport while exiting the country or reach out to us for assistance.

In case of visa extension denial while at the airport, book a flight to your home country immediately and exit the country. You will cater for your own flight ticket arrangements.

The Airport-to-airport visa change package includes a UAE visa processing charge, VAT, service charge and a return flight ticket.

US Nationals do not need a visa to travel to Dubai. They are eligible for a free 30 days on arrival visa which an be extended for another 30 days.

Indian nationals with a valid US Green Card are eligible for an UAE on-arrival visa valid for 14 days. The visa can be extended for more 14 days. If you wish to stay in the UAE for longer than 30 days, it is advisable to just apply for the prepaid visa.

The UAE immigration allows you to apply for visa extension even if you have overstayed your visa. however, you first have to pay the penalties accrued before exiting the country.

If you obtained your UAE visa through Etihad Airways, Emirates Airline, Fly Dubai or Air Arabia, you must contact the respective airline to extend your visa. Contact us to help you obtain a new visa.

Yes! We operate 2 trips every week for travelers on 30 days on arrival visa.

If your visa status hasn’t changed from tourist to residence, and you tourist visa has already expired, you are liable to pay the daily overstaying fines. The best way to approach this issue is to apply for a visa extension as you await your resident visa to process. Alternatively, you can exit UAE and come back when your resident visa is ready.

While GCC citizens enter the UAE visa free, GCC residents who are nationals of countries not eligible for UAE on arrival visas must apply for prepaid visa to be allowed entry. The visa is valid for 30 days and can be extended for another 30 days.

No! USA citizens are eligible for the on-arrival visa to Oman.

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JAPAN eVISA

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New ‘Grand Visa' Will Allow Tourists To Easily Visit These 6 Gulf Countries

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From underdeveloped arid landscapes with little to offer to the oil capital of the world (and fastest-growing development zone), Gulf countries draw in hundreds of millions of tourists every year, who flock to the likes of Dubai , Abu Dhabi and Riyadh for their opulent resorts and futuristic cityscapes .

Despite their popularity, there remains one major obstacle to tourists traveling in the area, and that is the different entry requirements and visa policies, which can vary from country to country, making multi-destination trips harder to plan compared to, say, Europe.

While the United Arab Emirates allow Americans to enter visa-free, Saudi Arabia requires them to apply for an eVisa, and that's only one example: despite being regional partners, the Gulf countries have never agreed on a common set of tourism policies .

By the end of the year, a new ‘grand visa' will allow tourists to country-hop around the Gulf with little to no bureaucracy, and it looks set to revolutionize travel across the Arab world:

New Unified Tourist Visa For The Gulf States

As confirmed by local news outlets , all six countries participating in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will introduce a ‘unified' tourist visa by the end of 2024 , the countries in question being:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates

While further details have not yet been divulged, the idea is that once it is launched, the tourist visa will be accepted in all destinations listed above, allowing its holder to enter any of them so long as it remains valid.

The purpose is to support and develop tourism across the entire Gulf , where a host of new destinations is launching in the next decade, including a resort zone in Saudi Arabia's Red Sea coast, recently touted as the Middle Eastern Caribbean .

It is expected that, with more tourists coming and feeling encouraged to explore the Gulf beyond just Dubai, revenue will grow much faster, and the dreaded visa bureaucracy that still affects certain foreign nationals arriving in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain will be reduced.

How Do Gulf Countries Compare?

For instance, Saudi Arabia expects Americans to get an eVisa to the staggering tune of $117 per application; Bahrain's is more affordable, with prices starting from only $43, and Kuwait's is negligibly-cheap, at only $9.80, but it doesn't mean they're less bureaucratic .

eVisa applications typically involve filling out long, detailed forms, where you'll be asked for personal information, uploading passport-style photos, and answering a series of security questions.

While it's far simpler than a Consulate-handled visa process, it's a hassle nonetheless.

Americans enjoy visa-free entry to the UAE, Oman, or Qatar, but entry and stay regulations differ: landing in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, or any UAE hub grants them a 30-day stay, and the same goes for Qatar.

In Oman, however, they're issued a restrictive 14-day entry permit upon arrival, hardly enough time to see all it has to offer, from the ancient desert cities with origins lost to time, to the pristine Omani coastline, fringed by a turquoise Arabic Sea.

How Will The Unified Visa Work?

The new visa aims to get rid of all these discrepancies, and smoothen the travel experience across the territory.

It will also do away with the different entry and stay regulations, setting a minimum 30-day period for tourists to remain , a move that has drawn to comparisons to Europe's well-loved (yet at the same time fiercely criticized) Schengen Area.

In Europe, the Schengen Agreement has helped abolish border controls between signatory states.

This has reduced bureaucracy in the scope of intra-Europe travel, and has facilitated integration, and the free flow of good and people across the continent.

The only downside for tourists?

They are only allowed to stay in the territories of the member states for 90 days out of any 180-day period.

In other words, if you've spent a full 3 continuous months in France, you can't then travel onward to Italy, even though it's a different country, as both apply the Schengen acquis , and Italian authorities will refuse you entry as your 90 days are already up.

With 29 countries having joined Schengen, with two new additions this year in Bulgaria and Romania, you can see how it spells bad news for long-term travelers, who have less options to remain legally in Europe long-term every passing year.

Now, the Gulf countries are not exactly known as long-term travel destinations, but digital nomads and slow travelers who split their time between the six states have a good reason to be concerned about the curtailment of their time in the area.

After all, if we're talking a Schengen-style, 30-day long visa applicable to all Gulf countries, if you've spent a whole month in Dubai, you are no longer eligible to travel to a different country like Bahrain or Oman to renew your tourist visa.

So far, similarities between the grand Gulf visa and the Schengen Area have not been established.

We don't know whether the Gulf states are forming a single travel area without border checks traveling internally, either, though further unification seems to be the goal.

According to Riyadh spokesperson Yasser Hakim, introducing a unified visa is ‘just one step' in the long road to economic integration, with a euro-inspired ‘single currency' set to be the next move.

This would be a long-term plan .

Will Current Visa Policies Be Replaced?

What about the bilateral visa agreements signed between individual Gulf states and other countries?

You may be wondering whether Americans will still be eligible to travel visa-free to the UAE, for example, if a new Schengen-modeled tourist visa is being introduced, or whether this means the Gulf states are simply forming a borderless travel zone Americans will be able to enter visa-free.

Once again, more information is needed, and we don't have the answers to those questions yet , though we will be sure to report back as soon as we find out more.

While the official date of the unified isn't yet announced, current visa rules applying to foreign travelers based on their nationality continue to apply.

Vinicius Costa

Vini, our senior lead writer at Travel Off Path, has over 60+ countries under his belt (and currently weaving tales from Paris!), and a knack for turning off-the-beaten-path experiences into informative stories that will have you packing your bags.

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Foreigners are granted a visit visa to search for a job without requiring a host/sponsor in the country, for one trip. You can apply for a job-seeker visa with a validity of either 60, 90 or 120 days. 

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To get a visit visa for the purpose of exploring job opportunities, the applicant must fulfil the following conditions:

  • in the first, second or third skill level as per the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) p rofessional levels of jobs ,  or
  • a graduate from the best 500 universities in the world according to the classification approved by the Ministry of Education and must have graduated within the last 2 years.
  • He/she must hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent
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Read more in the Executive Regulation of Law No. 29 of 2021 on Entry and Residence of Foreigners (Arabic, PDF, 500 KB).

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Dubai: Abu Dhabi’s Reem Mall has got lots of snow. It’s got private screening rooms at the cinemas. And is part of a free zone.

That’s right, one of Abu Dhabi’s leading shopping and entertainment destinations has got the free zone status after Reem Island became part of the ADGM (Abu Dhabi Global Market) eco-system, Abu Dhabi’s financial hub. The latter took over Reem Island as part of an ambitious expansion program in May 2023, as part of which businesses based on the island could opt for a free zone license or choose to go for a mainland one.

Reem Mall’s tenants too will go through the process. “By end of this year, anybody operating on Reem Island comes under ADGM jurisdiction, ourselves included,” said Bruce von Kaufmann, Mall Director of Reem Mall. “So, we are busy transitioning our economic license from the mainland to ADGM.

“Our retailers operating in the mall would do the same. ADGM is helping everyone through the process – but the deadline for that is end of this year.”

An 8.8 square kilometer destination, Reem Island features office and residential high-rises as well as hotels and extensive lifestyle options. It remains one of the most popular choices for new businesses and residents landing in Abu Dhabi.

Reem Mall, which went through the formal opening late last month, has been getting its own high numbers in terms of retailers and visitors, along with the other attraction Abu Dhabi has seen in recent times, The Galleria on Al Maryah Island.

“Our biggest anchor in terms of driving footfall and creating interest is obviously our snow park,” said von Kaufmann. “When it occupies 9,000 square meters of space, it can’t be anything else. The experience is quite different to what visitors would at Ski Dubai and its ski slope.

“What we have is a family park with 20 rides and attractions. That in itself differentiates us from everybody else, particularly in the leisure space.”

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Reem Mall stretches over 186,000 square meters of gross leasable area, taking in more than 400 retail stores and 80 F&B outlets. A $1.3 billion investment, it is managed by Al Farwaniya Property Developments, a partnership between Kuwait’s Agility Global, United Projects for Aviation Services Company (UPAC), and National Real Estate Company (NREC).

“The project took longer because you had the impact of Covid and so on, with the actual build finishing in 2022,” said von Kaufmann. “Carrefour opened as the initial tenant and the rest of the mall opened in February 2023.

“We were always meant to be a family-orientated destination, with shoppers looking to our high-street fashion brands or even bridge brands. But food and leisure too was always going to be a big part of our mix, and that’s what our leasing has focused on.

“We are currently at 60 per cent in terms of number of retail units trading and 80-85 per cent when including the leased (but who haven’t opened as of now). We are trying to get the trading and leased to up in the high 90 per cent by end 2025.”

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  • Best overall travel credit card : Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
  • Best travel credit card for beginners : Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
  • Best no-annual-fee travel credit card : Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card ( rates and fees )
  • Best for spending at hotels : Wells Fargo Autograph Journey℠ Visa® Card
  • Best for travel rewards on everyday spending : Citi Strata Premier℠ Card
  • Best travel card for students : Bank of America® Travel Rewards Credit Card for Students
  • Most affordable premium travel credit card : Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card
  • Best travel credit card for earning travel credit on dining and groceries : American Express® Gold Card
  • Best premium card for travel bonus categories : Chase Sapphire Reserve®
  • Best for luxury travel benefits and airport lounge access : The Platinum Card® from American Express

Introduction to Travel Credit Cards

Whether you're just dipping your toe into the world of rewards credit cards or you've already flown thousands of miles on points alone, we can tell you: There's a travel credit card for everyone. There's a card if you're looking for free flights, if you're hoping for free hotel stays, or if you're just doing whatever it takes to realize your dream of an overwater bungalow. There are even no-annual-fee travel credit cards that won't cost you anything to keep.

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Chase Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Earn 5x on travel purchased through Chase Travel℠. Earn 3x on dining, select streaming services and online groceries. Earn 2x on all other travel purchases. Earn 1x on all other purchases.

21.49% - 28.49% Variable

Earn 60,000 bonus points

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  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. High intro bonus offer starts you off with lots of points
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Strong travel coverage
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Doesn't offer a Global Entry/TSA PreCheck application fee credit

If you're new to travel rewards credit cards or just don't want to pay hundreds in annual fees, the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is a smart choice. It earns bonus points on a wide variety of travel and dining purchases and offers strong travel and purchase coverage, including primary car rental insurance.

  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 when you redeem through Chase Travel℠.
  • Enjoy benefits such as 5x on travel purchased through Chase Travel℠, 3x on dining, select streaming services and online groceries, 2x on all other travel purchases, 1x on all other purchases, $50 Annual Chase Travel Hotel Credit, plus more.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Travel℠. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel.
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
  • Get complimentary access to DashPass which unlocks $0 delivery fees and lower service fees for a minimum of one year when you activate by December 31, 2024.
  • Member FDIC

Capital One Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card

Earn 5 miles per dollar on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel. Earn unlimited 1.25X miles on every purchase.

0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months (intro fee of 3% for the first 15 months, then 4% of the amount of each balance transfer at a promotional APR that Capital One may offer you at any other time)

19.99% - 29.99% Variable

Earn 20,000 miles

  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. No annual fee or foreign transaction fees
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Versatile rewards
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Earn 1.25 miles per dollar on all purchases with no bonus categories to track
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Lower earning rate than some other no-annual-fee rewards cards
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Limited benefits

The VentureOne Rewards Card is a slimmed-down version of the popular Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card. It's one of the few no-annual-fee cards on the market that gives you the option to redeem miles for cash back or transfer them to travel partners.

  • $0 annual fee and no foreign transaction fees
  • Earn a bonus of 20,000 miles once you spend $500 on purchases within 3 months from account opening, equal to $200 in travel
  • Earn unlimited 1.25X miles on every purchase, every day
  • Miles won't expire for the life of the account and there's no limit to how many you can earn
  • Earn 5X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of trip options
  • Use your miles to get reimbursed for any travel purchase-or redeem by booking a trip through Capital One Travel
  • Transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Enjoy 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months; 19.99% - 29.99% variable APR after that; balance transfer fee applies

Wells Fargo Wells Fargo Autograph Journey℠ Visa® Card

Earn unlimited 5x points per dollar on hotels. Earn 4x points on airlines. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining. Earn 1x on other purchases.

21.24%, 26.24%, or 29.99% Variable

Earn 60,000 bonus rewards points

  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Trip cancellation and lost baggage protection
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Airline and hotel transfer partners available
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Welcome bonus
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Generous cellphone protection
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Low annual fee
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Transfer partner network not as diverse or robust as competitors

The Wells Fargo Autograph Journey℠ Visa® Card is a true travel credit card, with benefits that rival many of the best travel rewards credit cards currently on the market. This card has a low annual fee on par with that of popular competing credit cards and Wells Fargo's newly announced Points Transfer program allows cardholders to juice maximum value from every point they earn.

Capital One Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card

Earn 5x miles per dollar on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel. Earn unlimited 2x miles on every purchase.

19.99% - 29.99% variable

Earn 75,000 miles

  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. No bonus categories to keep track of
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Includes up to a $100 statement credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Other credit cards offer higher rewards in certain categories of spending

If you want an easy, no-fuss travel rewards credit card, the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card is a great fit. For a moderate annual fee, it offers plenty of value, useful benefits, and a substantial welcome bonus.

  • Enjoy a one-time bonus of 75,000 miles once you spend $4,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on every purchase, every day
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Enrich every hotel stay from the Lifestyle Collection with a suite of cardholder benefits, like a $50 experience credit, room upgrades, and more

Citi Citi Strata Premier℠ Card

Earn a total of 10 ThankYou® Points per $1 spent on hotel, car rentals and attractions booked through CitiTravel.com. Earn 3X points per $1 on air travel and other hotel purchases, at restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations and EV charging stations. Earn 1X point per $1 on all other purchases.

21.24% - 29.24% variable

Earn 75,000 bonus points

  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Earn 3x points on most travel, restaurants, gas/EV charging, and supermarkets
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Earn 10x points on hotels, rental cars, and attractions booked via Citi Travel
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. $100 annual hotel credit on a single stay of $500 or more
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. No foreign transaction fees
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Trip delay/interruption benefits and lost/damaged baggage coverage
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Has an annual fee
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Citi Travel rates often are higher than retail cost of travel

Bank of America Bank of America® Travel Rewards Credit Card for Students

Earn unlimited 1.5 points per dollar on purchases.

  • 0% intro APR for your first 18 billing cycles for purchases, and for any balance transfers made within the first 60 days of opening your account

17.99% - 27.99% Variable

25,000 online bonus points

  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Generous welcome bonus for a student credit card
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Earns flexible points you can use toward a wide variety of travel purchases
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Other travel rewards cards have higher earning rates
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Few travel-related benefits compared to other travel cards

A good student credit card should offer rewards and useful benefits to those with limited credit history and the Bank of America® Travel Rewards Credit Card for Students hits several of those notes. However, while the card is marketed to students, those without established credit may have difficulty getting approved.

  • The information related to the Bank of America® Travel Rewards Credit Card for Students has been collected by Business Insider and has not been reviewed by the issuer.
  • 25,000 online bonus points after spending $1,000 in purchases in the first 90 days from account opening (redeemed as a $250 statement credit toward travel and dining purchases)
  • Unlimited 1.5 points for every $1 spent on all purchases everywhere, no expiration on points
  • No annual fee or foreign transaction fees

Capital One Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card

Earn unlimited 10 miles per dollar on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel. Earn 5 miles per dollar on flights booked through Capital One Travel. Earn unlimited 2 miles on all other purchases.

Earn 75,000 bonus miles

  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Excellent welcome bonus and miles earning
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Premium perks including airport lounge access and credits for certain purchases
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Visa Infinite benefits including travel and shopping protections
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. High annual fee
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Annual travel credits only apply to Capital One Travel purchases

The Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card is one of the best credit cards for frequent travelers, with top-notch benefits and a wide range of built-in protections. It comes with a generous welcome bonus and credits that can help offset the annual fee — which is much lower than similar premium cards.

  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive a $300 annual credit for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of trip options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,300+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and the Partner Lounge Network
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Elevate every hotel stay from the Premier or Lifestyle Collections with a suite of cardholder benefits, like an experience credit, room upgrades, and more

American Express American Express® Gold Card

Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X). Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com. Earn 1X Membership Rewards® points on all other purchases.

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Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points

  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Great rewards for dining and for shopping at US supermarkets
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Monthly statement credit for eligible dining purchases recoups some of the annual fee
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Underwhelming welcome bonus

Foodies and travelers alike will appreciate the American Express Gold's generous welcome bonus and Membership Rewards points earning. Its Uber Cash credits are useful for rides and Uber Eats, and monthly dining credits with participating merchants like GrubHub and Seamless are easy to use.

  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $6,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • $120 Uber Cash on Gold: Add your Gold Card to your Uber account and each month automatically get $10 in Uber Cash for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the U.S., totaling up to $120 per year.
  • $120 Dining Credit: Satisfy your cravings and earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the American Express® Gold Card at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
  • Get a $100 experience credit with a minimum two-night stay when you book The Hotel Collection through American Express Travel. Experience credit varies by property.
  • Choose the color that suits your style. Gold or Rose Gold.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
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Chase Chase Sapphire Reserve®

Earn 5x points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Travel℠ immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1x point per $1 spent on all other purchases.

22.49% - 29.49% Variable

  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Annual travel credit can effectively shave $300 off the annual fee if you use it
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Strong travel insurance
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Strong bonus rewards on travel and dining
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Very high annual fee

If you're new to rewards credit cards you may want to start elsewhere, but if you know you want to earn Chase points and you spend a lot on travel and dining, the Sapphire Reserve is one of the most rewarding options.

  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $900 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Travel℠.
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Travel℠ immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Travel℠. For example, 60,000 points are worth $900 toward travel.
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®

American Express The Platinum Card® from American Express

Earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel (on up to $500,000 per calendar year) and on prepaid hotels booked with American Express Travel. Earn 1X Points on other purchases.

Earn 80,000 Membership Rewards® points

  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Long list of travel benefits, including airport lounge access and complimentary elite status with Hilton and Marriott (enrollment required)
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Annual statement credits with Saks and Uber
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Bonus categories leave something to be desired
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. One of the highest annual fees among premium travel cards

If you want as many premium travel perks as possible, The Platinum Card® from American Express could be the right card for you. The annual fee is high, but you get a long list of benefits such as airport lounge access, travel statement credits, complimentary hotel elite status, and more.

  • Earn 80,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $8,000 on eligible purchases on your new Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership. Apply and select your preferred metal Card design: classic Platinum, Platinum x Kehinde Wiley, or Platinum x Julie Mehretu.
  • Earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year and earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points on prepaid hotels booked with American Express Travel.
  • $200 Hotel Credit: Get up to $200 back in statement credits each year on prepaid Fine Hotels + Resorts® or The Hotel Collection bookings with American Express Travel when you pay with your Platinum Card®. The Hotel Collection requires a minimum two-night stay.
  • $240 Digital Entertainment Credit: Get up to $20 back in statement credits each month on eligible purchases made with your Platinum Card® on one or more of the following: Disney+, a Disney Bundle, ESPN+, Hulu, The New York Times, Peacock, and The Wall Street Journal. Enrollment required.
  • The American Express Global Lounge Collection® can provide an escape at the airport. With complimentary access to more than 1,400 airport lounges across 140 countries and counting, you have more airport lounge options than any other credit card issuer on the market. As of 03/2023.
  • $155 Walmart+ Credit: Save on eligible delivery fees, shipping, and more with a Walmart+ membership. Use your Platinum Card® to pay for a monthly Walmart+ membership and get up to $12.95 plus applicable taxes back on one membership (excluding Plus Ups) each month.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit: Select one qualifying airline and then receive up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year when incidental fees are charged by the airline to your Platinum Card®.
  • $200 Uber Cash: Enjoy Uber VIP status and up to $200 in Uber savings on rides or eats orders in the US annually. Uber Cash and Uber VIP status is available to Basic Card Member only. Terms Apply.
  • $189 CLEAR® Plus Credit: CLEAR® Plus helps to get you to your gate faster at 50+ airports nationwide and get up to $189 back per calendar year on your Membership (subject to auto-renewal) when you use your Card. CLEARLanes are available at 100+ airports, stadiums, and entertainment venues.
  • Receive either a $100 statement credit every 4 years for a Global Entry application fee or a statement credit up to $85 every 4.5 year period for TSA PreCheck® application fee for a 5-year plan only (through a TSA PreCheck® official enrollment provider), when charged to your Platinum Card®. Card Members approved for Global Entry will also receive access to TSA PreCheck at no additional cost.
  • Shop Saks with Platinum: Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases in Saks Fifth Avenue stores or at saks.com on your Platinum Card®. That's up to $50 in statement credits semi-annually. Enrollment required.
  • Unlock access to exclusive reservations and special dining experiences with Global Dining Access by Resy when you add your Platinum Card® to your Resy profile.
  • $695 annual fee.

Best Travel Credit Card Recommendations

The best travel rewards credit cards offer valuable rewards, easy-to-use benefits, and helpful features like travel coverage. Our team of credit card experts at Business Insider chose the best options available on the market in 2024, and reviewed each one below.

Best Travel Credit Card Overall

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is our top pick for a well-rounded travel rewards credit card. Even infrequent travelers can benefit from the slew of premium perks on this card, typically found on cards with far higher annual fees. 

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card stands out for its travel protection benefits. When you pay for travel expenses with this card and meet certain requirements, you can request reimbursement for unexpected expenses that may arise when your flight is delayed or if your baggage is delayed or lost.

You'll also have primary rental car insurance, meaning you won't have to file claims through your personal car insurance plan or pay for coverage from the rental car company. This card also offers a 10% anniversary points bonus, and up to $50 in annual statement credits for hotel purchases made through the Chase Travel℠ Portal. 

The rewards rate on the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card isn't shabby either. You'll earn 5 points on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards; 2 points on all other travel purchases; and 3 points on dining, online grocery purchases (excluding Target, Walmart, and wholesale clubs), and select streaming services. You'll earn 1 point per dollar on everything else.

Chase Ultimate Rewards® points are some of the easiest points to use in various ways. You can redeem them for travel directly through the Chase Travel Portal for a 25% boost in value, where 1 point will be worth 1.25 cents apiece. You can also transfer your points to Chase's airline and hotel transfer partners , which include United Airlines, Hyatt, Marriott, and many other airlines and hotel chains around the world. Cardholders can also use points for statement credits, gift cards, merchandise, and more.  

What the experts love: High welcome bonus offer, earns bonus points on travel, dining, and online grocery purchases, you can redeem points for 1.25 cents apiece for travel or through Chase for 25% value bonus

What the experts don't love: Doesn't offer some of the travel perks you'll get with competing cards, such as airport lounge access and a statement credit for Global Entry

Read more: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card card review

Best No-Annual-Fee Card for Earning Travel Miles

The Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card is our top choice for a no-annual-fee travel card ( rates and fees ), and it's got many of the same perks as its bigger sibling, the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card.

New cardholders can earn a respectable 20,000 miles after spending $500 on purchases within three months from account opening (worth at least $340 in travel according to Business Insider's valuations). While the card only earns 1.25 miles per dollar on most purchases (plus 5x on hotels and car rentals booked through Capital One Travel), it's still a compelling choice if an annual fee isn't for you ( rates and fees ).

You'll get the same access to Capital One's airline and hotel partners as you would with annual-fee cards, and a handful of benefits including car rental insurance***, travel accident insurance***, and purchase assurance***. This is also a solid pick if you're looking for a zero-interest credit card  with a 0% introductory APR offer, because new cardholders receive a 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months (intro fee of 3% for the first 15 months, then 4% of the amount of each balance transfer at a promotional APR that Capital One may offer you at any other time), then a 19.99% - 29.99% Variable APR ( rates and fees ).

What the experts love: No annual fee, access to transfer partners, generous intro 0% APR offer

What the experts don't love: Few travel benefits, lower earning rate

Read more: Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card review

The newly announced Wells Fargo Autograph Journey℠ Visa® Card earns one of the highest rates of return on hotel bookings for a credit card that isn't co-branded with a specific hotel chain. 

This card has a $95 annual fee, inviting direct comparisons to two other cards on this list: The Sapphire Preferred Card , and the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card . In exchange, cardholders earn at least 3x on dining and travel purchases. Airline purchases earn 4x, and hotel purchases earn 5x.

Wells Fargo simultaneously announced brand-new airline and hotel partners: Choice Privileges, Aer Lingus AerClub, Air France-KLM Flying Blue, avianca lifemiles, and British Airways Executive Club. Wells Fargo Autograph Journey℠ Visa® Card cardholders can redeem rewards at the standard redemption rate of 1 cent per point for cash back, or transfer their rewards to any of the travel partners above for additional value.

The Wells Fargo Autograph Journey℠ Visa® Card will be available for in-person applications at select Wells Fargo bank locations on March 9, 2024. Nationwide applications open online and in person on March 20, 2024. 

Read more: Wells Fargo Autograph Journey credit card review

Best Travel Credit Card for Beginners

The Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card is a great "set it and forget it" card, in the sense that you don't have to worry about various bonus categories for earning rewards. You'll earn 5 miles per dollar on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 2x miles on all other purchases.

The Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card also offers one of the most straightforward ways to redeem rewards for travel: you're able to use your miles to cover recent travel purchases from your card statement, at a rate of 1 cent per mile. 

You also have the option to transfer Capital One miles *** to more than a dozen frequent flyer and hotel loyalty programs, including Air Canada Aeroplan, Etihad Guest, and Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer. Capital One also added new partners including British Airways and Turkish Airlines, and improved the transfer ratio to 1:1 for most partners. 

The selection of transfer partners is best suited to someone who wants to travel internationally and who doesn't mind spending some time researching the best ways to redeem miles with the different frequent flyer program options. But the upside is that you can always use your miles to cover your travel purchases. You also get up to a $100 Global Entry/TSA PreCheck application fee credit.

What the experts love:  The ability to use your miles to cover your recent travel expenses; it earns at least 2 miles per dollar on every purchase.

What the experts don't love: Other cards offer higher rewards on certain spending categories such as travel and dining.

Read more: Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card review

Best Travel Rewards on Everyday Spending

The Citi Strata Premier℠ Card isn't as flashy or well-known as some other travel cards, but that doesn't mean you should overlook it, especially if you spend a lot on its bonus categories. Cardholders earn an impressive 3x points on air travel, gas stations, restaurants, supermarkets, and hotels, and 1 point per dollar on everything else.

Along with a solid welcome bonus offer of 75,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 in the first three months of account opening (worth $1,200 based on Business Insider's valuations), you'll receive $100 off a single hotel stay of $500 or more (excluding taxes and fees) booked through thankyou.com once per calendar year.

While it isn't the best for travel protections, the Citi Strata Premier℠ Card is the only card currently available to new applicants that unlocks the ability to transfer your ThankYou points to Citi's full list of airline and hotel partners , including JetBlue, Singapore Airlines, and Wyndham.

What the experts love:  Strong rewards earning in useful everyday categories, access to Citi's transfer partners

What the experts don't love: Lack of travel protections like car rental insurance, few travel perks compared to similar rewards cards

Read more: Citi Strata Premier℠ Card review

Best Travel Card for Students

The Bank of America® Travel Rewards Credit Card for Students is a fairly unique offering, as there aren't many student credit cards specifically geared toward travel. New cardholders can earn 25,000 online bonus points after spending $1,000 in purchases in the first 90 days from account opening (redeemed as a $250 statement credit toward travel and dining purchases). That's a decent offer for a no-annual-fee card, and the earning structure is simple, too — 1.5x points per dollar on every purchase, with no bonus categories to keep track of.

There's also a 0% intro APR for your first 18 billing cycles for purchases, and for any balance transfers made within the first 60 days of opening your account (then a 17.99% - 27.99% Variable APR) which can be handy if you have big purchases (like textbooks or supplies) you want to pay for over time. 

The Bank of America® Travel Rewards Credit Card for Students is a good choice if you prefer a straightforward card without having to worry about award charts or transfer partners. It's also a safe bet if you want to use it while traveling internationally — it doesn't charge pesky foreign transaction fees, so you won't be on the hook for extra charges if you use it overseas.

However, you won't find many extras — like travel benefits or purchase protections — with this card. If you're looking for better benefits, be sure to check out our guide to the best student credit cards for all the top options.

What the experts love: Impressive welcome bonus offer for a student credit card, good flat-rate rewards earning

What the experts don't love: No flashy extra perks or shopping benefits

Read more: Bank of America® Travel Rewards Credit Card for Students review

Most Affordable Premium Travel Credit Card

The Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card was unveiled in late 2021 and offers a massive welcome bonus of 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening — worth at least $1,275 in travel, based on Business Insider's valuation of Capital One miles .

The Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card is loaded with premium benefits that can more than offset the $395 annual fee ( rates and fees ). For context, the Venture X's annual fee, while high, is significantly lower than other premium travel card competitors.

Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card cardholders receive $300 per year in credits toward travel booked through Capital One, Priority Pass, Plaza Premium, and Capital One airport lounge access (even for authorized users), a 10,000-mile bonus on each account anniversary (worth $100 in travel), and Visa Infinite travel and purchase benefits.

As with other cards that earn Capital One miles , you can transfer rewards to over a dozen airline and hotel partners to book award travel, or use miles to book through the Capital One Travel Portal .

What the experts love:  Between $300 a year in travel credit and a 10,000-mile bonus on each account anniversary, you can offset the annual fee entirely — and that's not even considering other benefits like lounge access.

What the experts don't love:  The $300 travel credit is more restrictive than other cards' — it only applies to travel booked through Capital One.

Read more: Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card review

Best for Earning Travel Credit from Dining and Groceries

The American Express® Gold Card is an ideal travel card for anyone who frequently eats out and/or shops at U.S. supermarkets. You'll earn 4x Amex Membership Rewards points on these purchases (though note the $25,000 calendar year annual cap for U.S. supermarkets; after that, you'll earn just 1 point per dollar, but that's a pretty high cap). The card also earns 3x points on flights booked directly with the airlines or through AmexTravel.com, and 1 point per dollar on everything else.

While the $250 annual fee is on the high side, you can offset it thanks to an annual statement credit. You can get up to $120 in annual dining credits**, but it's divided into up to $10 in credits each month, and the credit only applies at select restaurants and delivery services, including Grubhub, Seamless, Milk Bar, Wine.com, and Goldbelly, and participating Shake Shack locations.

You'll also get up to $120 Uber Cash ($10 per month) credit each calendar year (this is only applicable to U.S. Eats orders and rides, and the Gold Card needs to be added to the Uber app to receive the Uber Cash benefit).

What the experts love: "4x points on restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year, then 1x) is great — usually, a card favors one or the other," says Rathner. Plus, the card offers monthly dining credits.

What the experts don't love: Wilson notes that other cards offer similar benefits for a lower annual fee, and Rathner notes that the card's travel and dining credits come with some important limitations — so read the fine print. 

Read more: American Express® Gold Card review

Best Premium Card for Travel Insurance and Bonus Categories

The Chase Sapphire Reserve® has a $550 annual fee, which means it's not for everybody, but if you're serious about maximizing your rewards and you travel frequently, it could be worth it. It offers a bonus of 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening. 

Not only do you get up to $300 in statement credits toward travel each year (and Chase has a very generous definition of travel — including everything from airfare to highway tolls), but you also earn 5x total points on air travel and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards (excluding the $300 travel credit) and 3x points on all other travel and dining. You also get airport lounge access through the Priority Pass network , which has more than 1,300 locations worldwide.

New benefits also include access to Chase Sapphire lounges in JFK , LaGuardia , Boston , and Hong Kong, as well as the Chase Sapphire Terrace at Austin Airport . You'll also receive benefits with DoorDash  and Instacart that can save you money on delivery (activation required).

The Chase Sapphire Reserve® is currently offering cardholders two years of complimentary Lyft Pink All Access membership (valued at $199 per year) for member-exclusive pricing, priority pickup, and more (activation required). 

When it comes to redeeming points, you can book travel through Chase and get 1.5 cents per point (a 50% bonus over the standard 1-cent-per-point rate), or you can transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards to travel partners like Hyatt, British Airways, and United.

Plus, like the less-expensive Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, the Chase Sapphire Reserve® offers some of the best credit card travel insurance around. This includes primary car rental insurance, trip delay insurance, trip cancellation protection, and lost baggage insurance.

The Chase Sapphire Reserve® card was previously our pick for the best travel card overall, before the annual fee increased from $450 to $550. While the Reserve did add some additional benefits, the Reserve no longer makes as much sense for casual travelers. As a result, we now recommend the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card as the best travel credit card for most people. 

What the experts love:  Earns 3x points on travel and dining purchases made outside of Chase Travel Portal, annual $300 travel credit, points are worth 1.5 cents apiece for travel booked through Chase

What the experts don't love: You have to squeeze every drop of value out of this card to make that jaw-dropping $550 annual fee worth your while.

Read more: Chase Sapphire Reserve® review

Best for Luxury Travel Benefits and Airport Lounge Access

The Platinum Card® from American Express has one of the highest rewards card annual fees —  $695 — but it can still be well worth it if you can put all of its statement credits and generous welcome bonus offer to use.

You'll earn 5x points on flights when you book directly through the airline or through American Express Travel (on up to $500,000 per calendar year), which makes the card a great choice for purchasing airfare. The card offers trip cancellation and interruption insurance, plus some of the best purchase protection, so it's a good option for buying expensive items (and don't forget to see if you can take advantage of an Amex Offer ** for bonus points or cash back).

The Platinum Card® from American Express offers more airport lounge access than any other personal travel card — in addition to Priority Pass membership**, you get access to Amex Centurion Lounges , Delta Sky Clubs (when you're flying Delta), and more. 

The card's annual statement credits can go a long way toward offsetting the high annual fee. You get up to $200 in statement credits toward airline incidental fees** like checked bags and inflight purchases; up to $100 each year in credit toward Saks Fifth Avenue purchases**; and up to $200 in annual Uber credits (including Uber Eats)**. 

Just keep in mind that you're limited to one designated airline you choose each year in your Amex account for the airline incidental fee credit, and both the Saks and Uber credits are divided into portions. You'll get up to $50 in statement credits toward Saks purchases from January to June, and another credit of up to $50 for Saks purchases from July to December.

With the Uber credit, you get up to $15 each month, and a $20 bonus in December for a total of $35 that month.

What the experts love:  Lots of luxury benefits, including airport lounge access and statement credits with Uber and Saks

What the experts don't love: This card's $695 annual fee, and minimal bonus categories

Read more: The Platinum Card® from American Express review

How to Choose the Best Travel Credit Card

While it takes more effort to redeem points or miles compared to cash back, the upside is that you can get much more value for your points compared to simply cashing in your rewards for a statement credit or check at a rate of 1 cent per point.

In fact, it's possible to receive double, triple, or even more than that amount when you're strategic about how you redeem your rewards, particularly if you book expensive luxury hotels or first-class flights. 

In this guide, we've focused mostly on the best travel credit cards that earn transferable points. Transferable points include popular currencies such as:

  • Amex Membership Rewards
  • Chase Ultimate Rewards
  • Citi ThankYou Rewards
  • Capital One miles

You can transfer these points to both airline and hotel partner loyalty programs. You can even redeem your points to offset the cash price of your travel at a flat rate.

Travel Credit Card Frequently Asked Questions

If you want a single credit card that does it all and don't mind paying a generous annual fee, the Chase Sapphire Reserve® is a great choice. It comes with the best travel insurance available on the market, as well as a $300 travel credit each year that can be used on most types of travel.

The best travel credit card overall is the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, but the best card for your particular situation will depend on what benefits you care about the most, as well as how you feel about paying a high annual fee. 

We'd recommend opening a travel card that earns Amex or Chase points, because these are among the easiest rewards to redeem and you have various travel partners to utilize. But if you've investigated your options and are confident that you can get value out of their rewards, credit cards that earn Capital One miles or Citi ThankYou points can make sense as well.

There are two main types of travel credit cards: Cards that earn transferable points, and airline/hotel co-branded credit cards. Transferable points currencies include Amex Membership Rewards points, Capital One miles, and Chase Ultimate Rewards points.

Airline credit cards and hotel credit cards earn points or miles within a respective hotel or airline program; you don't have the option to redeem your rewards with a wide variety of travel partners (or if you do, the transfer ratio usually isn't great).

To pick the right travel credit card for you, you'll want to evaluate its welcome bonus offer, ease of use, benefits, and annual fee. The best one for you will ideally have a combination of an attractive sign-up bonus , lots of options for earning and redeeming rewards, benefits that save you money, and a low or no annual fee.

Travel credit cards with annual fees are worth it if you're able to get significant value out of their benefits and rewards. Before you apply for a card , make sure you'll actually use all the features that contribute to the card's annual fee. For example, if a card offers an annual statement credit of up to $200 toward travel but you can't use it, you're probably not getting what you pay for.

Travel credit cards work by earning you points (or miles) on every purchase you make, with the goal of helping you earn enough rewards to book free travel . The best travel cards earn points that you can transfer to various airline and hotel partners — like Amex, Chase, or Citi points. 

A great way to work toward getting a free flight is by applying for a travel credit card and earning its welcome bonus offer. Domestic award flights in economy class typically require about 25,000 points, so depending on the welcome bonus offer, you could have enough rewards for a flight right out of the gate. 

Why You Should Trust Us: How We Chose the Best Travel Credit Cards

Business Insider evaluated dozens of travel credit cards currently available to new applicants and narrowed down the list to the best options based on the following factors:

  • Welcome bonus offer — Do new cardholders get a valuable incentive to sign up and meet a minimum spending requirement?
  • Ongoing rewards — How many points or miles do you earn on your purchases?
  • Benefits — Beyond rewards, does the card offer valuable perks such as statement credits for travel, primary car rental insurance, and airport lounge access?
  • Annual fee — Is there an annual fee, and if so, is it affordable or easy to offset with card perks?
  • Overall value — Does the card justify its annual fee by offering useful benefits and valuable rewards, and is it worth it?

Read our guide to how we rate credit cards for a closer look at our methodology.

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