UAE Visa-Free Travel

28 August 2023

UAE Visa-Free Travel

UAE Visa-Free Travel: Discover Entry Options for International Travellers


The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) offers visa-free travel privileges for citizens of over 80 countries, as reported by Al Khaleej. However, citizens from 115 other countries are required to obtain pre-approved visas prior to entering the UAE.

For accurate and up-to-date visa information, visitors are encouraged to visit the official MoFA website to ensure compliance with entry requirements.

Residents of GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries can enter the UAE without a visa or sponsor. A passport issued by a GCC nation or an ID card is sufficient for entry at UAE entry ports.

International travellers can find further details about eligible nationalities for visa-free entry on the MoFA’s dedicated website. Entry visas can range from 30 days, with a 10-day grace period, to 90 days based on the traveller’s country of origin.

Additionally, Indian citizens with specific criteria, such as holding a US visit visa or a resident card, can obtain a 14-day visa on arrival. This can be extended for an additional 14 days if needed.

For those not falling within the visa exemption or visa-on-arrival categories, acquiring an entry permit from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) is mandatory before arriving in the UAE.

It’s worth noting that the UAE passport holds the top spot on the Passport Index website, ranking as the world’s most powerful passport. UAE passport holders enjoy visa-free access to 180 countries, with 127 not requiring a pre-arranged visa.

List of Countries with Visa-Free Travel to the UAE:

    • Australia
    • Swiss Confederation
    • Czech Republic
    • Slovak Republic
    • French Republic
    • Hellenic Republic (Republic of Greece)
    • Hungary
    • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    • United States of America
    • United Mexican States
    • Japan
    • Principality of Andorra
    • Principality of Liechtenstein
    • Principality of Monaco
    • Ukraine
    • Barbados
    • Brunei Darussalam
    • Solomon Islands
    • Republic of Azerbaijan
    • Republic of Estonia
    • Argentine Republic
    • Eastern Republic of Uruguay
    • Republic of Albania
    • Federative Republic of Brazil
    • Portuguese Republic
    • Republic of El Salvador
    • People’s Republic of China
    • Republic of Maldives
    • Federal Republic of Germany
    • Republic of Austria
    • Republic of Ireland
    • Republic of Iceland
    • Republic of Italy
    • Republic of Paraguay
    • Republic of Bulgaria
    • Republic of Poland
    • Republic of Peru
    • Republic of Belarus
    • Republic of Chile
    • Republic of San Marino
    • Republic of Slovenia
    • Republic of Singapore
    • Republic of Seychelles
    • Republic of Serbia
    • Republic of Finland
    • Republic of Cyprus
    • Republic of Kazakhstan
    • Republic of Croatia
    • Republic of Korea
    • Republic of Costa Rica
    • Republic of Colombia
    • Republic of Kiribati
    • Republic of Latvia
    • Republic of Lithuania
    • Republic of Malta
    • Republic of Mauritius
    • Republic of Nauru
    • Republic of Honduras
    • Georgia
    • Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
    • State of Israel
    • State of Kuwait
    • State of Qatar
    • Vatican City State
    • Russian Federation
    • Romania
    • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Sultanate of Oman
    • Commonwealth of the Bahamas
    • Canada
    • Malaysia
    • Kingdom of Spain
    • Kingdom of Bahrain
    • Kingdom of Denmark
    • Kingdom of Sweden
    • Kingdom of Norway
    • Kingdom of Belgium
    • Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Montenegro
    • New Zealand

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28 August 2023

UAE Visa-Free Travel

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