UAE Updates Visa Exemption Policy; Now Allows Visa On Arrival For 87 Countries

Exploring the latest visa exemption updates for global travellers.

by Deeplata Garde
UAE Updates Visa Exemption Policy; Now Allows Visa On Arrival For 87 Countries

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced a game-changing update to the UAE’s visa exemption policy. Now, citizens from 87 countries can enter the UAE without a pre-entry visa. This initiative not only streamlines travel logistics but also enhances accessibility to the country.

Simplifying Travel: What You Need To Know UAE Visa exemption

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While nationals from 110 countries still require a visa, clarity is readily available. Interested individuals can check the list of exempted countries and visa requirements on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs official website. Alternatively, a quick visit to the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Ports Security, and Customs (ICP) can provide the necessary information.

For Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens, the journey is smoother—no visa or sponsorship is needed. Simply present a GCC state passport or an identity card upon arrival at UAE ports of entry.

Handy Tips for Visa-Exempt Nationalities

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Eligible adventurers can secure a 30-day entry visa upon arrival, with a 10-day grace period. Some lucky citizens from select countries can even enjoy a 90-day visa upon arrival, making UAE travel a breeze.

Take the citizens of India, for example. With an ordinary passport, a visit visa, or a permanent resident card from the USA, or a residence visa in the UK and EU countries, they can enjoy a 14-day stay, extendable for another fortnight.

Prep Your Papers: The Visa-Seeker’s Guide

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For those not exempt from visa requirements, fear not—a sponsor’s embrace awaits. Individuals needing prior visa arrangements must secure an entry permit issued by a sponsor before arriving in the UAE. The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs tailors entry permits to the purpose of the visit.

Also Read: Citizens Of 80+ Countries Can Enter The UAE Visa-Free, Here’s All About It

From 70 To 87 Countries Now Eligible For UAE Visa Exemption

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  1. Albania
  2. Andorra
  3. Argentina
  4. Armenia
  5. Australia
  6. Austria
  7. Azerbaijan
  8. Bahrain
  9. Barbados
  10. Belarus
  11. Belgium
  12. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  13. Brazil
  14. Brunei
  15. Bulgaria
  16. Canada
  17. Chile
  18. China
  19. Colombia
  20. Costa Rica
  21. Croatia
  22. Cyprus
  23. Czech Republic
  24. Denmark
  25. El Salvador
  26. Estonia
  27. Fiji
  28. Finland
  29. France
  30. Georgia
  31. Germany
  32. Hellenic
  33. Honduras
  34. Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China
  35. Hungary
  36. Iceland
  37. Israel
  38. Italy
  39. Japan
  40. Kazakhstan
  41. Kiribati
  42. Kosovo
  43. Kuwait
  44. Latvia
  45. Liechtenstein
  46. Lithuania
  47. Luxembourg
  48. Malaysia
  49. Maldives
  50. Malta
  51. Mauritius
  52. Mexico
  53. Monaco
  54. Montenegro
  55. Nauru
  56. New Zealand
  57. Norway
  58. Oman
  59. Paraguay
  60. Peru
  61. Poland
  62. Portugal
  63. Qatar
  64. Republic of Ireland
  65. Romania
  66. Russia
  67. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  68. San Marino
  69. Saudi Arabia
  70. Serbia
  71. Seychelles
  72. Singapore
  73. Slovakia
  74. Slovenia
  75. Solomon Islands
  76. South Korea
  77. Spain
  78. Sweden
  79. Switzerland
  80. The Bahamas
  81. The Netherlands
  82. UK
  83. Ukraine
  84. Uruguay
  85. US
  86. Vatican
  87. Vietnam

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