United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced that nationals of 13 European Union member countries will not be required to obtain entry visas prior to making their plans for travel to the UAE from March 22, 2014. The decision was announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The European Parliament had last month endorsed the visa free arrangements for the citizens of UAE to all the 26 members states of Schengen area.
The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs made the announcement about the decision of allowing citizens of 13 more European Union member states to enter UAE without requiring visa. The latest addition of 13 countries to the visa exempt countries is a result of the approval by the European Parliament last month that voted in favour of relaxing visa rules for UAE nationals traveling to Schengen area.
The passport holders of the Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Hungary, Latvia, Estonia, Malta, Cyprus, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria will be exempted from obtaining pre-entry UAE visa from March 22, 2014.
With the addition of new countries now citizens of all the 28 European Union member states are now allowed to visit UAE without having to apply for visit visa.
All the necessary measures have been taken to implement the decision at the port of entries.
Last month the European Parliament voted by 523 votes to allow visa free travel for UAE citizens. Only 54 votes were against the inclusion of UAE in the visa free travel arrangements.
Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs applauded the EU Parliament decision and said, “We’ll become the first Arab country whose nationals are exempted from the Schengen visa.”