What is the change? China has lifted visa requirements for nationals of the United Arab Emirates.

What does the change mean? UAE nationals are now able to travel to China for short-stay business, tourism or to visit family without first obtaining a visa. Visa-free entry will be valid for stays of up to 30 days.

  • Implementation time frame: Ongoing. The change took effect in January.
  • Who is affected: UAE nationals traveling to China.
  • Impact on processing time: The change will save travelers the time it takes to obtain a visa prior to traveling.
  • Business impact: Business travelers are among those covered by the arrangement.

Background: Even before the change, the UAE allowed Chinese nationals to visit the UAE for 30 days without first obtaining a visa. Chinese officials have now lifted visa requirements for UAE nationals, saying it will help boost business and tourism between the two countries.

BAL Analysis: The visa arrangement will ease travel for UAE nationals traveling to China for business, tourism or to visit families. Travelers should note that work activities require work authorization.

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