Countries that allow UAE residents visas on arrival

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..

Armenia

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).

Georgia

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.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.

Azerbaijan

If you have a UAE residence visa and you’re travelling to this oil-rich nation with an Emirati national you can get a visa on arrival. If you’re travelling without a UAE citizen many nationalities will need to get a visa before your trip, but citizens of 81 countries can apply for the visa easily online.

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

Though the above information is checked and verified, please check with the embassies about your particular circumstances before you book your non-refundable flights.

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