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Mexicans granted visa-free entry to the UAE

The move comes just a month after Emirates launched flights to Mexico City via Barcelona

Mexicans granted visa-free entry to the UAE

Mexican and UAE officials have repeatedly stated that they believe the flight will lead to increased flows of tourists in both directions.

Mexican nationals will now be able to enter the UAE without a visa, the government announced on Tuesday.

In a tweet announcing a new, multiple-entry, five-year tourist visas, the UAE government also noted that Mexican citizens will now be exempt from entry visas.

In late 2018, the Mexican and UAE government first signed a diplomatic memorandum of understanding on visa exemption, in which the announced plans for citizens of both countries to be allowed visa-free entry.

The latest move comes just after a month after Dubai’s Emirates airline made its inaugural flight to Mexico City via Barcelona.

Top priorities

Mexican and UAE officials have repeatedly stated that they believe the flight will lead to increased flows of tourists in both directions.

In an interview with Arabian Business in Mexico City, the UAE’s ambassador to Mexico, Ahmed Hatem Al Menhali, said that the easing of visa restrictions was one of the embassy’s top priorities over the last three years.

“Now Mexicans can also go to the UAE without visas,” he said. “Things are very smooth for businessmen and tourists in both countries. They don’t have to go to the embassy or wait for visas. If they get a ticket, they can come or go.”

Combined with the new Emirates flight, Al Menhali said he expects that Mexico and the UAE will see significant cultural exchanges between the two countries over the coming years.

“What do Mexicans know about the UAE? Only the Burj Khalifa and the desert,” he said. “And what do Emiratis know about Mexico? Just mariachi bands and sombreros. But now, they will know more. Especially with daily flights, they don’t need to wait to learn more. It’ll be very easy.”

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