The Emirati government recently announced updated visa requirements for residents of Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

Key Points:

  • Residents of GCC countries, their dependents and accompanying travelers must apply for an entry visa online to enter the United Arab Emirates.
  • GCC residents can submit their entry visa applications through this website.
  • The entry visa will allow residents of GCC countries, their dependents and accompanying travelers to stay in the UAE for 30 days.
  • Travelers can no longer extend their entry visa for an additional 30 days; instead, they must leave the country and apply for another visa.

Additional Information: Passports of residents of GCC countries must have at least three months’ validity from their date of entry into the UAE. Dependents and accompanying travelers must travel with the GCC resident to enter the UAE.

BAL Analysis: Residents of GCC countries should ensure they meet the new entry visa requirements when planning travel to the UAE, including having a valid passport and a resident permit that was issued in a GCC country.

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