Canada will lift the visa requirement for UAE citizens from next month, according to the country's ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, said the decision is based on a comprehensive and rigorous evaluation of the UAE against Canada’s visa policy criteria.
Emirati citizens will no longer need a visa as of 5:30am ET (1:30 p.m. Gulf Standard Time) on June 5, 2018, to travel to Canada for short stays (normally for up to six months) for business, to visit family and friends or for tourism.
Canada will remove the visa requirement for United Arab Emirates citizens on June 5 and introduce new entry rules. Read the details: https://t.co/lY3YoH2iLx pic.twitter.com/Sv4V2SkG8G— IRCC (@CitImmCanada) May 28, 2018
However, Emirati citizens, similar to other visa-exempt travellers, will need an electronic travel authorisation (eTA) to fly to, or transit through a Canadian airport.
The eTA allows Canadian officials to screen travellers for admissibility before they board their flight to Canada. Emiratis will be able to apply online for an eTA from June 5.
The decision was announced during a meeting with the UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Sheikh Abdullah.
“The United Arab Emirates is a key strategic partner and lifting the visa requirement will help reaffirm the strong relationship between our two countries," Hussen said.
"It will also promote increased tourism, cultural, academic and study exchanges, as well as foster new business, trade, and investment opportunities.”
The UAE has strong ties with Canada, with 40,000 Canadians living and working in the emirates. In addition, some 150 Canadian companies have an operational presence in the country.For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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