What is the change? The United Arab Emirates and Uruguay have agreed to waive visa requirements for each other’s citizens.

What does the change mean? The visa exemption, which is intended to increase business ties and economic cooperation between the two countries, is valid for stays of up to 90 days.

  • Implementation time frame: To be announced. Foreign affairs officials of the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday.
  • Visas/permits affected: Visa waiver.
  • Who is affected: Nationals of UAE and Uruguay.
  • Impact on processing times: Visitors will not need to apply for visas before travel.
  • Business impact: The removal of visa requirements will facilitate travel for business and trade between the UAE and Uruguay.

Background: The UAE is actively pursuing visa waiver agreements, most recently gaining visa-free travel to China, Ireland, Switzerland and Ukraine.

BAL Analysis: The visa-exemption agreement is good news for Emirati and Uruguayan business travelers, especially individuals making repeat visits or traveling on short notice.

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