What is the change? The Republic of Guinea has agreed to waive visas for UAE nationals under a memorandum of understanding signed March 15.

What does the change mean? Nationals of the UAE may apply for a visa upon arrival at the airport in Guinea without needing to obtain a visa before travel.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate.
  • Visas/permits affected: Visas on arrival.
  • Who is affected: Nationals of the UAE traveling to the Republic of Guinea.
  • Impact on processing times: The waiver eliminates the need to apply for visas before travel.
  • Business impact: The removal of visa requirements facilitates short-term business trips especially for those traveling on short notice who do not have time to apply for a visa before travel.

BAL Analysis: The UAE is actively pursuing visa-waiver agreements with its stated aim under its Vision 2021 plan to make the UAE passport among the top five in terms of visa-free access around the world. The UAE recently concluded similar visa-waiver agreements with China, Ireland, Paraguay, Switzerland, Ukraine and Uruguay.

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