Canada to lift visa requirement for UAE citizens from June 5

Emirati citizens will no longer need a visa from June 5, 2018, to travel to Canada for short stays for business, to visit family and friends or for tourism
Canada to lift visa requirement for UAE citizens from June 5
Canada will lift the visa requirement for UAE citizens from next month, according to the country's ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
By Staff writer
Tue 29 May 2018 10:51 AM

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.

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.

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