Indian nationals are now required to apply for a pre-approved entry permit to obtain a visa on arrival in the United Arab Emirates.

Key Points:

  • Indian nationals who hold valid status in the U.S., U.K. or EU are required to apply for a pre-approved entry permit to be granted a visitor entry visa upon arrival. This status is valid for a period of 14 days and can be extended for a similar period for one time only. Previously, a visa on arrival could be obtained without advance visa arrangements.
  • To be eligible, applicants must possess an Indian passport and either: a U.S. visit visa, U.S. green card, U.K. residence visa or an EU residence visa valid for a minimum of six months. Passengers must have a printed e-visa confirmation — applications can be completed here.

BAL Analysis: Indian nationals are advised to apply for a pre-approved entry permit before travel to the UAE. Passports and other documents accepted for entry must be valid for a minimum of six months from the arrival date. The issuance of the visa on arrival is at the discretion of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs. BAL will provide further updates as information becomes available.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice Group.

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