More Indian passport holders permitted to get visa on arrival in UAE

There is good news for Indians as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government has approved a decision to grant visa on arrival to Indian passport holders with residence visa from United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai (extreme right) presiding over the Cabinet meeting. Photo courtesy: Twitter

This decision was taken at a cabinet meeting presided over by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai. He also gave the information through a tweet.

“We also passed a regulation for Indian passport holders who hold residencies in the UK and EU to receive entry visas on arrival to the UAE.”

During March this year, the UAE Cabinet had approved a decision to grant Indian passport holders with either a valid US visa or a green card a visa on arrival.

Also read: Indians with US visa, green card entitled to get on-arrival visa in UAE

These decisions are the testimony of the closer relationship between India and the United Arab Emirates incorporating promotion of political, economic and trade interests between the two countries. This decision strengthens the UAE's external relations by facilitating the visa issuance process in order to confirm its global status as a tourist and economic hub.

Meanwhile, two more decisions were taken at the UAE Cabinet, including approval of  value-added tax and excise tax executive regulations in line with the agreement signed among the GCC countries and approval of the law replacing minor penalties with community service work for the benefit of the society.

Tourism industry of UAE is flourishing and India is a great market for them. About 1.6 million Indians visited Dubai last year, making the country the Emirate’s largest source market for the first time representing an increase of 26 per cent year-on-year.

Added to this, about 323,300 Indian tourists visited Abu Dhabi last year making the city the largest overseas market for tourism.

Ashraf Jamal
Ashraf Jamal – Senior Writer

Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.


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