UAE to give visa on arrival for Indian citizens with UK and EU residency

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The UAE on Wednesday approved a decision to grant visa on arrival to Indian passport holders with residence visa from UK and the European Union.

The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum himself announced the decision through his twitter handle.

The decision to have a simplified visa process is aimed at advancing the UAE-India relations in economic, politics, and trade, said officials.

Earlier 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.

The announcement is within the framework of the long-term strategic partnership between the UAE and India, the promotion of political, economic and trade interests between the two countries.

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This decision will strengthen UAE’s external relations by facilitating the visa issuance process in order to confirm its global status as a tourist and economic hub, media reports said.

It will also contribute to achieving UAE’s vision to be the leading country in attracting global tourism.

Published on 13 September 2017


  1. When does this come into force and has anyone actually experienced it yet because Emirates Airlines is not aware of the decision, UAE Embassy in UK does not reply, UAE Embassy in Spain hangs up the phone (no surprise there, eh) and the Department of Residency and Naturalisation has not received confirmation.

  2. It seems fake news..this news cost me n my friend hundreds of pounds to change flight dates in order to get into plane from Birmingham to Dubai…finally after changing dates for transit with 96 hours..we got transit visa at cost of USD 132 each at Dubai airport. Asked authority and they denied it too….useless fellows and news…Sucks..:(

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