What is the change? United Arab Emirates authorities have announced that Russian nationals are now permitted to travel to the UAE without first obtaining a visa.

What does the change mean? Russian nationals may now travel to the UAE for business or tourism purposes and obtain a visa on arrival that is valid for up to 30 days.

  • Implementation time frame: The new visa process took effect Feb. 1.
  • Visas/permits affected: Visas on arrival.
  • Who is affected: Russian nationals traveling to the UAE.
  • Impact on processing times: The change will save Russian travelers the time it takes to obtain a visa before traveling.

Background: Under the new process, Russian nationals will be allowed to remain in the UAE for up to 30 days on a visa on arrival. Those who intend to stay longer than 30 days may obtain an extension for a charge. Additional information is available the website for the UAE embassy in Russia.

BAL Analysis: The change will simplify the visa process for Russian tourists and business people traveling to the UAE. Those with questions about what types of activities are permitted on a visa on arrival should contact BAL.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in the United Arab Emirates. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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