UAE implements visas on arrival for qualifying Indian nationals

2 May 17

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, INDIA

IMPACT – MEDIUM

What is the change? The United Arab Emirates has implemented an agreement that allows Indian nationals holding U.S. green cards or visas to enter the UAE without first obtaining an entry visa.

What does the change mean? Effective immediately, Indian nationals holding U.S. green cards or visas that are valid for at least six months can travel to the UAE for business or tourism and obtain a visa on arrival that is good for up to 14 days.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing. The change was implemented Monday, May 1.
  • Visas/permits affected: Visas on arrival.
  • Who is affected: Indian nationals holding U.S. green cards or visas valid for at least six months.
  • Impact on processing times: The change will save eligible Indian travelers the time it takes to obtain a visa before traveling. 

Background: As BAL reported last month, the UAE and India agreed to the visa-on-arrival agreement in late March. The agreement took effect May 1, allowing eligible Indian nationals to remain in the UAE for up to 14 days on a visa on arrival. Those who intend to stay longer than 14 days may obtain an extension for a charge.

BAL Analysis: The change simplifies the visa process for eligible Indian nationals traveling for business or as tourists to the UAE.

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