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If you’re looking for a quick escape without the extra visa hassle, we’re here to help.

While travel is on everyone’s radar, some passports sometimes require specific visas, which can be quite often cumbersome. However, for UAE residents, there are many visa-free destinations or with a visa-on-arrival option.

Under the Emirates woman the editors have curated a guide for all countries offering visa on arrival for UAE residents.

Georgia

All residents of the United Arab Emirates who have a valid visa can travel to the country and receive a visa upon arrival in Georgia. Holders from other GCC countries can travel without a visa for a period of 90 days and receive an entry stamp upon arrival. From the night light of Tbilisi to the stunning mountains, there is an endless list of activities to do during your visit.

You can check the latest visa regulations here.

Armenia

With a rich history and picturesque ancient architecture, a visit to the country should definitely be added to your bucket list. All Indian, Lebanese, Jordanian and South African nationals holding a valid stay visa in the UAE can receive a visit visa upon arrival due to the positive relations between the UAE and Armenia, which has led to a program special visa waiver. The cost of the visa is approximately Dhs 20 and details of additional requirements can be found online.

You can check the latest visa regulations here.

Azerbaijan

Known for its contemporary design, Azerbaijan is home to iconic buildings, including monuments designed by the famous Zaha Hadid. All UAE residents with a valid residency visa can present the passport at the counter after paying and receive a visa on arrival or apply for an e-visa at evisa.com.az to avoid long queues.

You can check the latest visa regulations here.

Maldives

For an idyllic getaway, a tourist visa is granted to all nationalities visiting the country. A few requirements such as a prepaid hotel or accommodation reservation, sufficient funds to last during the stay, confirmed tickets to return to their country of origin or residence, and a Traveler Declaration Form that must be completed and submitted by all passengers traveling to and from the Maldives within 96 hours of travel. A visa for a maximum of 30 days will be granted on arrival for tourists. With an archipelago of islands to visit, travelers can experience nature at its best.

You can check the latest visa regulations here.

Seychelles

As Seychelles is a visa-free country, Indian citizens will not need a visa on arrival or e-visa to enter the country for a short stay. This scenic getaway guarantees a seamless travel experience, however, a valid passport will be required to enter the country. However, certain documents such as a valid return ticket, confirmed accommodation and sufficient funds for the duration of the stay in the amount of $150 (550 Dhs) per day are required if requested.

You can check the latest visa regulations here.

Nepal

Most nationalities can receive a visa on arrival for a small fee depending on the duration of the visit. A 15 day visa costs 110 Dhs, a 30 day visa costs 183 Dhs or a 90 day permit for 460 Dhs and can be decided accordingly upon arrival. All Indian passport holders do not need a visa and can visit hassle-free.

You can check the latest visa regulations here.

Serbia

For passports with a valid Schengen, UK or US visa, visa-free entry is granted on arrival. For those who do not have the visas mentioned, five documents will be required including travel booking details, a negative PCR test issued prior to travel, proof of vaccination, original passport and proof of funds to justify enough money to stay and leave.

You can check the latest visa regulations here.

Indonesia

With the perfect mix of culture, nature, culinary delights and mastery of design, this haven should be on your bucket list. Bali is now open to tourists after the pandemic, as this irresistible country offers a 30-day visit visa on arrival, which can be easily extended for another 30 days at any visa office in the country. . Upon arrival in Indonesia, there is a checkpoint available for visa on arrival at a cost of $35 (128 Dhs).

You can check the latest visa regulations here.

Mauritius

Known for its vast beaches, lagoons and reefs, this country is definitely a must visit for everyone. For those who love nature, there is a wide range of forests, waterfalls and hiking trails to experience the outdoors. The maximum length of stay is three months and it is free for citizens of the United Arab Emirates. Upon arrival, passengers must proceed to the immigration counter and show the original passport to obtain an entry stamp.

You can check the latest visa regulations here.

Sri Lanka

All UAE residents can receive an e-visa which can be obtained from the comfort of their own home. A visa can be applied for online before the visit with the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) initially limited to 30 days from the date of arrival and extended up to six months. All applicants require a compulsory passport valid for six months from the date of arrival. It is important to check the list of ETA eligible countries for Sri Lanka before applying.

You can check the latest visa regulations here.

Thailand

All UAE residents will need to apply for a Thailand Pass, which takes up to one to two hours when the application is submitted. After submitting the required documents, passengers will receive an entry QR code and a Thailand Pass ID needed for entry. As the UAE is included in Thailand’s Visa Waiver Program, UAE citizens can stay for up to 30 days.

You can check the latest visa regulations here.

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