The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently announced that citizens of 13 European Union member states, who hold ordinary passports, will be exempted from need to acquire pre-entry visas to UAE, as reported by WAM. This will come into effect from 22 March 2014, in implementation of the decision taken by the UAE Cabinet in this regard.
The countries are: Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Hungary, Latvia, Estonia, Malta, Cyprus, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria. As a result of the above decision, citizens of all 28 countries in the EU will be allowed to enter UAE without having to previously apply for a visa.
The Ministry added that all necessary measures have been taken by Ministry of Interior to implement the decision at all UAE points of entry. These exemptions will enhance political relations between the UAE and European Union, will help to further develop economic ties and bilateral trade and will also help to encourage mutual investment, while promoting tourism both to and from these countries.