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UAE revises visa-on-arrival policy for 87 countries; check what’s new for Indians

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the United Arab Emirates recently unveiled revisions to its visa exemption policy, expanding access for citizens from 87 countries to enter the UAE without the need for a pre-entry visa. This move aims to facilitate smoother travel procedures and boost tourism in the region.

Under the updated regulations, nationals from 110 countries are, however, still required to secure a visa prior to their arrival in the UAE, as per the reports. However, citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations enjoy the privilege of visa-free travel to the UAE. They can effortlessly enter the country by presenting either a passport from a GCC state or an identity card at UAE entry points, as affirmed by the UAE Digital Government.


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For those eager to explore the UAE’s extraordinary attractions and experiences, particularly individuals abroad, the Gulf News report advises visiting the provided link (https://www.visitdubai.com/en/plan-your-trip/visa-information) to access the list of nationalities exempt from prior visa arrangements.

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Reports further add that eligible travelers will be able to acquire a valid entry visa for 30 days upon arrival, with an additional grace period of 10 days. Moreover, citizens from select countries will enjoy the opportunity to obtain a visa for an extended duration of 90 days upon arrival, enhancing their flexibility in exploring the UAE’s diverse offerings.Read more: 10 hidden places to travel in May in India

Indian citizens, in particular, can easily avail the visa on arrival facility. Those possessing passports, US visit visas or green cards, UK or EU residence visas valid for at least six months, are eligible for this provision. This provision will enable them to stay there for a duration of 14 days initially, with the possibility of extending their stay for an additional 14 days, offering them ample time to explore the UAE’s rich culture and vibrant urban landscapes.

UAE revises visa-on-arrival policy for 87 countries; check what’s new for Indians

The UAE’s visa on arrival facility is open to citizens of various nations, including Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Azerbaijan, and many others listed comprehensively below:

Bahrain

Barbados

Brazil

Belarus

Belgium

Brunei

Bulgaria

Canada

Chile

China

Colombia

Costa Rica

Croatia

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

El Salvador

Estonia

Finland

France

Georgia

Germany

Honduras

Hungary

Hong Kong

Special Administrative Region of China

Iceland

Israel

Italy

Japan

Kazakhstan

Kiribati

Kuwait

Latvia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Malaysia

Maldives

Malta

Mauritius

Mexico

Monaco

Montenegro

Nauru

New Zealand

Norway

Oman

Paraguay

Peru

Poland

Portugal

Qatar

Republic of Ireland

Romania

Russia

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

San Marino

Saudi Arabia

Seychelles

Serbia

Singapore

Slovakia

Slovenia

Solomon Islands

South Korea

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

The Bahamas

The Netherlands

UK

US

Ukraine

Uruguay

Vatican

Hellenic

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Armenia

Fiji

Kosovo

With these updates to its visa policies, the UAE aims to foster greater inclusivity and accessibility, welcoming travellers from across the globe to experience its unparalleled hospitality and world-class amenities.

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