The Emirati government recently announced that it has opened tourist visa applications to fully vaccinated individuals from all countries.

Key Points:

  • As of Aug. 30, all fully vaccinated individuals from any country may apply for a tourist visa.
  • Individuals who are arriving on tourist visas must take a PCR test at the airport.
  • All previous heath protocols remain in place; unvaccinated individuals will not be able to apply for a tourist visa.
  • Tourist visa holders may carry out business-related activities such as attending meetings, conferences, trainings and associated activities.

Additional Information: To be eligible for tourist visas, individuals must have received a World Health Organization approved vaccine. Individuals may register their vaccination certificates through the Al Hosn application or ICA platform to receive additional benefits.

BAL Analysis: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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