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Thursday, 30 March, 2017, 12 : 00 PM [IST]

UAE to issue visa on arrival for Indians with US visa or Green Card

According to the Gulf News Tourism report, Indian passport holders with a valid the United States of America (USA) visa or a Green Card will now be eligible to obtain the United Arab Emirates (UAE) visa on arrival, as per the decree approved by the UAE Cabinet, it was announced on Wednesday. The visa will be valid for 14 days, with a single extension possible for a fee.

The decision to have a simplified visa process is aimed at advancing the UAE-India relations in economic, politics, and trade. It also contributes to achieving UAE’s vision to be the leading country in attracting global tourism.

“Citizens of the Republic of India who are holders of normal passports with a six-month, or more, valid green card or visa issued by the United States of America shall be granted entry visas to the UAE from all ports for a period of 14 days, subject for a single renewal for the same period upon payment of applicable fees,” an official statement said.

According to latest figures, the UAE-India trade has grown to around USD 60 billion (Dh220 billion) per annum, making India the second largest trading partner of UAE. The UAE exports to India totalled USD 27 billion (Dh99 billion) while Indian exports to UAE totalled USD 33 billion (Dh121 billion).

India is investing about USD 70 billion (Dh257 billion) in the UAE through 45,000 Indian companies, while the UAE is investing USD 10 billion (Dh36 billion) in the Indian sectors of energy, metallurgical industry, services, technology and construction.

The number of Indian tourists coming to the UAE last year reached about 1.6 million Indian tourists, and there were about 50,000 UAE tourists who visited India in the same year. There are about 143 flights a day between the UAE and Indian cities, at a rate of 1000 flights per week.

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