UK waives visas for Emiratis

Britain is the first European country to offer Emiratis visa-free entry, while the European Union is considering a similar move

The UK has granted visa-free entry for Emirati citizens from early next year.

UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said the decision would make travel to the UK easier and would strengthen relations between the two countries, particularly in the areas of economy, health, tourism and culture.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the British Embassy in the UAE are still working on how to implement the visa waiver scheme and details will be announced later, a statement on state news agency WAM said.

The UK is the first European country to waive visas for Emiratis.

The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee also is considering similar visa-free access to the 26 countries that make up the Schengen Area, with final approval likely to be awarded next year.

The visa-free scheme would be reciprocal.

The UK also announced earlier this month it will offer its most important foreign business executives VIP visa treatment as part of a new list currently being finalised.

Some of the Gulf’s most wealthy are likely to be among the list of only about 100 “high value” executives.

The Great Club is intended to ensure executives with “strong ties” to the country are fast-tracked through the immigration system. They will be given personalised assistance, including their own account manager, but will still undergo the same rigorous checks, the UK Home Office said.

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Posted by: leo50

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Posted by: MarkWiliams

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Posted by: Matt Williams

Mr Abdul - No it wont, read the article again, it just relates to UAE nationals ONLY. The UK free for all is over, immigration has gotten out of control and the government is now at last closing the door.

Posted by: John Harte

This article is completely misleading. The UK is NOT giving visa-free access to UAE nationals, it is simply making the visa process much easier, i.e. visa can be applied for online up to 48 hours before travel, the visa printed off and submitted with the passport at UK immigration, and will be valid for 6 months as multiple entry. It means UAE nationals can arrange their visa from their laptop and not go to be fingerprinted and/or have an interview.
Normal Visas will still be needed for study though.

Posted by: Abdul Lathif Pathody

This facility shall be extended to the UAE resident visa holds of other nationalities as well. On the basis of the qualification and profession.

Posted by: John Harte

No it won't; this only refers to UAE nationals.

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