Etihad Offers Visa-On-Arrival In UAE For 70 Nations; Only These Indians Allowed In Dubai
Etihad airways updated travel rules for passengers arriving from ‘green list’ and other destinations on its website. Abu Dhabi’s flagship carrier said that travellers can enter Abu Dhabi if they are a UAE national or resident, or if they are eligible for a visa on arrival.
The website lists visas on arrival for travellers arriving from 70 countries, including Canada, China, Maldives, France, UK and the US.
The news report suggested that travellers from 70 countries do not need to apply for a visa before travelling to UAE. “When you land in Abu Dhabi, simply make your way to immigration to receive a visa when you arrive,” said Etihad
Visa On Arrival In Abu Dhabi
Travellers from the following 70 countries will receive a visa on arrival in Abu Dhabi.
Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hong Kong (SAR of China), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, People’s Republic of China, Peru, Poland, Republic of Mauritius, Republic of El Salvador, Portugal, Romania, Russian, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Vatican, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Uruguay.
According to the website, Etihad added that domestic helpers are permitted to enter when travelling with a GCC national sponsor or a direct family member of the sponsor.
Conditions For Indian Travellers If They Want To Enter UAE
Travellers from India will only be allowed to enter UAE if they are:
- UAE citizen, golden/silver visa holder or diplomat.
- Fully vaccinated resident of the UAE – you must have proof of having received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine within the UAE no less than 14 days before travel.
- Medical personnel, education sector workers or students studying in the UAE.
- Travelling for medical reasons.
- A federal government agency worker.
- Indian nationals holding a US visitor visa or green card are eligible to obtain a visa on arrival in Abu Dhabi. This also applies to Indian nationals who have UK or EU residency valid for at least 6 months. Their passports must be valid for at least six months.
In case you are a visitor travelling to Dubai via Abu Dhabi, your visa must be issued for Abu Dhabi, unless you are entering from a green list country.
Green List Update
Armenia, Austria, Israel, Italy, Maldives, and the United States of America will be removed from the green list on August 18.
COVID-19 testing criteria will differ depending on visa status and place of origin, according to Etihad.