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Canada Lifts Visa Requirements for UAE citizens

UAE citizens will be able to visit Canada without entry visas.

They will no longer need a visa as of 5:30am ET (1:30pm Gulf Standard Time) on June 5, 2018 to travel to Canada for short stays for up to six months for business, to visit family and friends or for tourism.

This decision is based on a comprehensive and rigorous evaluation of the UAE over Canada’s visa policy criteria.

Emirati citizens will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through a Canadian airport.

The eTA allows Canadian officials to screen travelers for admissibility before they board their flight to Canada. Emiratis will be able to apply online for an eTA after 5:30am ET (1:30pm Gulf Standard Time) on June 5.

Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussain said, “The UAE is a key strategic partner and lifting the visa requirement will help reaffirm the strong relationship between our two countries. It will also promote increased tourism, cultural, academic and study exchanges as well as start new business, trade, and investment opportunities.”


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