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Nationals from 82 countries can now enjoy visa-free travel to the UAE

02 September 2023

Nationals of 82 countries from across the globe can enter the UAE without obtaining a visa prior to travel.

Visitors can receive any one of the two possible visas on arrival – either a 30-day entry visa, which can be extended for 10 days, or a 90-day visa. Those from GCC countries can use their passports or their Identity Card to enter, and do not require a visa or sponsor.

Indian nationals with an ordinary passport can obtain a 14-day entry visa upon arrival and can seek a 14-day extension. But their passport should be valid for at least six months from date of arrival and the traveller should possess a visit visa or permanent residency card issued by the United States, the United Kingdom or any EU country.

As stated by the authority, visitors who are not eligible for visa-free entry or visa-upon-arrival will require an entry permit issued by their sponsor before entering the country.

The issuance of this entry permit by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) depends on the purpose of the visit to the UAE.

As per the latest information on the Ministry’s official website, nationals from 115 countries need a visa to enter the UAE.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises those interested in visiting the UAE to check for latest visa updates on its official website, or on the official website of Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship. Or else, contact the airlines for latest information.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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