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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Visa on Arrival Extended to Russian Nationals

Russian nationals have been granted visas on arrival to United Arab Emirates (UAE), following the Prime Minister’s approval of a cabinet decree at the end of January.

Visa on Arrival

  • The visa on arrival allows Russian nationals to stay in the UAE for up to 30 days (with one 30-day extension available for a fee).
  • The visa on arrival program was extended to Chinese nationals in September 2016. The complete list of countries whose nationals can obtain a 30-day visa on arrival for UAE is as follows:

Andorra, Australia, Brunei, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Monaco, New Zealand, Russia, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vatican City.

  • Nationalities of the Schengen Area member states plus Bulgaria, Croatia, Cypress, Romania and the Seychelles can obtain a 90-day visa on arrival, valid for six months from the date of issue, and for a stay of 90 days in total.

Action Items

  • Note that Russian nationals can now obtain a visa on arrival to stay in the UAE for up to 30 days (with one 30-day extension available for a fee).
  • Be aware that all foreign nationals wishing to work in the UAE still require an employment entry permit in order to obtain a residence visa and an Emirates ID Card.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Sesam Business Consultants

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.