UAE Visa Update: 82 Countries Grant Visa-Free Entry to Citizens

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs has recently announced a significant visa policy change, allowing nationals from 82 countries to enter the UAE without the need for a prior visa arrangement, as reported by Al Khaleej newspaper. The ministry has urged travelers seeking comprehensive visa information to visit the official website of the ministry.

Out of the countries worldwide, a total of 82 are now eligible for visa-free entry, eliminating the need for advance visa procedures. However, it’s important to note that citizens from 115 countries still require a visa before arriving in the UAE.

To clarify visa requirements further, the official website of the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Port Security serves as an additional resource. Travelers can also seek additional information from their respective airlines.

Moreover, the UAE Digital Government has highlighted that citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries do not require a visa or sponsor to visit the UAE. They can present their GCC country-issued passport or ID card upon arrival at UAE entry points.

For added convenience, international travelers are encouraged to check the following link: This link provides information about nationalities eligible for visa issuance upon arrival. Depending on their country of origin, travelers may be granted an entry visa valid for either 30 days (with an extra 10-day grace period) or 90 days.

Furthermore, Indian citizens holding ordinary passports valid for at least six months from their date of arrival, along with specific criteria such as possessing a US visit visa or resident card, or a resident visa from the UK and EU countries (also valid for at least six months), can obtain a 14-day visa on arrival. This visa can be extended for an additional 14 days if required.

The UAE Digital Government has clarified that individuals who do not fall under the visa exemption or visa-on-arrival categories must obtain an entry permit. This permit, contingent on the purpose of the visit, must be acquired from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs before arriving in the UAE.

It’s worth noting that the UAE passport holds a prestigious rank. Currently occupying the top spot on the Passport Index website, it holds the title of the world’s most powerful passport. UAE passport holders enjoy the privilege of accessing 180 countries with ease. Among these, 127 countries do not require a prior visa, and 53 offer an electronic visa or a visa upon airport arrival.

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