The UAE has been one of the favourite destinations for Indian tourists as well as businesses over the years. Not to mention, it is the favourite transit point for Indians too, who frequently fly Emirates or Etihad via the UAE to the US or Europe and other places. However, India was one of the countries where you still needed a Visa in advance of your arrival to the UAE.
This is however going to change very soon. As per the UAE News Agency,
The UAE Cabinet has approved a decision to grant Indian passport holders with either a valid US visa or a green card a visa on arrival.
Under the new move, ordinary passport holders from India who have a US visa or green card with a minimum six-month validity can enter the country from any point of entry for a period of 14 days, with an option for a one-time extension of the same period.
This is great news, since the country is trying to compete perhaps with Qatar which also has 96 hours free visa for Indians to transit. My own experience with getting a transit visa in the UAE was not so great, and I’m hoping that with this option going live, life becomes easier to transit or stay over in the UAE while making a longer trip abroad. The UAE already sees a spurt in Chinese and Russian tourists after they got granted the Visa on Arrival.
Why the US visaholders only you ask? I guess UAE is banking on the fact that the USA has already done their due diligence on all these people so they must be safe to let into the UAE. Maybe they could add Schengen, UK, etc. in the mix, but USA usually approves a 10-year long visa and other countries not so much.
The date on which this goes live is yet not announced, but should not be too long.
Anybody else excited about the move of the UAE to provide visa-on-arrival to Indians?