And this is for those from countries that would normally not be able to get a visa as easily…
Keen to go for a long weekend somewhere, but hold a passport that makes it hard to just hop to a destination without pre-planning? Well, here are some options.
UAE residents from South Africa, India, Lebanon and more will be used to the struggle to get a visa when wanting to visit a country. But, thankfully, some nearby spots allow those with UAE residency visas to bypass typical visa regulations and get a visa on arrival. Here’s a guide…
*Please note: This information was all correct at the time of publishing, but visa law is subject to change, and quickly, so check with your travel expert or the consulate before you commit to travel plans…
Armenia has a special visa-waiver programme for Indian nationals with a UAE residency visa. Indians normally can only enter Armenia as diplomats or with an invitation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, however, if they have a UAE residency visa they will get a visit visa on arrival thanks to an agreement with the UAE. (A short stay visa on arrival will cost around Dhs20 according to reports.)
Meanwhile, Lebanese, Jordanian and South African nationals will get a visa on arrival (as will UAE citizens). Some of those who won’t? Pakistani, Syrian, Saudi, Nepali, Sri Lankan and all other African nationalities (among others).
While there is no Georgian consulate that you can phone in the UAE, multiple airlines and travel companies told us that all people with a UAE residency visa can enter this burgeoning tourist spot for 90 days without a visa.
You will just have to show your valid residence visa upon arrival.
Here are the full details from the usually reliable Visa HQ:
“Holders of valid visa or residence permit of UAE are exempted from visa requirements. You can enter Georgia without a visa for 90 days in any 180-day period. Please, note that you must present relevant valid visa or residence permit along with your travel document/passport at the moment of crossing Georgian border.”
If you have a UAE residence visa and you’re travelling to this oil-rich nation you can get a visa on arrival.
All you need to do is present your passport with a valid UAE residency visa at the airport and you’ll be entitled to stay for one month. If you plan to stay in the country for more than 15 days, however, you’ll need to register at the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan – your hotel should be able to help you out with this when you arrive.
And what about Montenegro?
There were some reports that those with UAE residency visas could visit Montenegro and get a visa on arrival, and that this would start in July 2017, but we called the Montenegro embassy and they’ve said that that agreement is now over, so you’ll need to apply for a visa to visit there now if you’re from a country that needs one. But again, this may be subject to change so watch this space. You can find out more about applying for a visa to visit Montenegro at this website.
OTHER GCC COUNTRIES
Many of the other GCC nations (apart from Saudi Arabia) welcome UAE residents that would normally need a visa without one so long as they hold a healthcare or manager visa. But check in with your airline, or the embassies for the exact details specific to you.
CONTACTS FOR THE EMBASSIES/CONSULATES
While we called the embassies to confirm all of this and the information above was true at the time of publishing, we’d say definitely check in with them about your particular circumstances before you book your non-refundable flights.
Armenia: (02) 444 4196
Azerbaijan: (04) 388 3727
Any other options?
These are the only we can find that make exemptions just for UAE residents, but there are many spots that allow visa-free travel for many of the nationalities living in the UAE.
These include the Maldives, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Seychelles, Mauritius, most of South America and Sri Lanka (again, check based on your specific nationality, but you’re likely to be pleasantly surprised).