10 Countries Where UAE Expats Can Travel With Evisa

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UAE Expats Can Explore 10 Countries Using Their Evisa

If you live in the UAE and want to travel abroad during the summer break without dealing with a long visa process, there’s a simpler way. As long as you have a valid UAE residence visa and passport, you can quickly get an eVisa for countries like Saudi Arabia, Japan, Azerbaijan, Oman, Qatar, Albania, and Madagascar.

Getting an eVisa is easier because you can apply online in just a few minutes, without needing to visit the country’s consulate or use a third-party agent.

1. Saudi Arabia GCC eVisa

Residents of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) representing various professions now have the opportunity to easily apply for a Saudi eVisa online, allowing them to enjoy an extended stay of up to 90 days within the country.

This electronic visa provides the flexibility to explore the nation, reconnect with family and friends, and engage in Umrah at any time throughout the year, excluding the Hajj season.

For residents of the UAE, meeting the requirements entails possessing a valid residency permit with a duration of three months and a passport with a validity of at least six months. The application process can be conveniently completed through the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) visa platform, accessible at visa.mofa.gov.sa

Validity of the eVisa is dependent on the chosen visa type, as detailed on Saudi Arabia’s official tourism website, visitsaudi.com:

Multiple-entry tourist visa: Valid for an entire year from the issuance date, offering a 90-day stay allowance in Saudi Arabia.
Single-entry tourist visa: Valid for three months from issuance, permitting a 30-day stay in Saudi Arabia.

To acquire this visa, there is an approximate cost of 300 Saudi riyals (equivalent to Dh293.25) for GCC residents. The fee includes the health insurance fee. The fee, and all subsequently mentioned fees, are subject to change.

2. Japan eVisa

Japan has recently made the process of obtaining a visa much more convenient for residents of the UAE, allowing them to apply for a 90-day eVisa. This development follows an announcement by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs earlier this year.

The new policy extends to all foreign nationals living in the UAE, enabling them to effortlessly apply for a short-term tourist visa via Japan’s official eVisa platform at evisa.mofa.go.jp.

Before initiating the application for the eVisa, it is imperative to ensure the possession of a valid passport, Emirates ID, and UAE residence visa.

Key details about the eVisa’s duration and validity are as follows:

– Duration: The short-term tourist visa provides a 90-day allowance for tourism
– Validity: The eVisa holds a validity period of three months, starting from the day after the issuance date of the visa.

In terms of cost, the visa issuance fee is 3,000 yen, equivalent to Dh82. However, specific nationalities are either exempted from the visa fee or subject to a reduced fee.

Outlined below are the detailed visa fee breakdowns, as per the Consulate General of Japan in Dubai:

– Standard fee: Dh80
– Fee for Indian nationals: Dh20
– Fee waived for select nationalities

3. Azerbaijan eVisa or visa on arrival

For UAE residents who have plans to travel to Azerbaijan, there are two options available for obtaining a visa. Upon arrival in the country, travelers can receive a visa stamped in their passport, or they can opt to apply for an eVisa in advance. Both of these visa options grant a maximum stay of 30 days within Azerbaijan.

In terms of cost, both the visa on arrival and eVisa options are priced at Dh140.

To secure an eVisa, applicants can conveniently utilize Azerbaijan’s official online visa portal at evisa.gov.az. The eVisa is typically issued within a three-day period.

4. Oman eVisa for GCC residents of approved professions

For expatriates based in the UAE who are considering a trip to Oman, the option of applying for an eVisa is available, enabling a stay in the country for a period of up to 30 days.

“GCC Resident Visa” issued by the Royal Oman Police (ROP), stands as an unsponsored visit visa specifically accessible to GCC residents. The application process for this visa occurs through Oman’s official eVisa platform evisa.rop.gov.om.

Only professions sanctioned by the ROP are eligible to apply for this online visa. Thankfully, there exists a list of more than 30 approved professions that qualify for the eVisa. However, if your occupation does not fall within this list, it becomes necessary to pursue a sponsored tourist visa through an authorized travel agency.

In terms of cost, the 30-day visit visa for GCC residents is set at 5 Omani rials, which amounts to approximately Dh47.50.

5. Qatar eVisa for GCC residents

In a recent development, Qatar unveiled the opportunity for GCC residents from diverse professions to apply for a “GCC Resident Visa” through the newly introduced Hayya Portal at haya.qa. This visa permits a stay of up to 30 days within the country.

To qualify for this visa, certain criteria must be met: you should possess a valid UAE or GCC residency lasting a minimum of three months starting from the date of entry into Qatar, and your job title should align with the profession indicated on your residency permit.

The visa costs QAR100 (equivalent to Dh100.49). This fee is payable subsequent to the approval of your visa application and is non-refundable.

6. Albania eVisa

The Albania eVisa is available to individuals of all nationalities, permitting them a stay of up to 90 days within the country. This convenient process is conducted entirely online, eliminating the necessity of an in-person consulate visit or the involvement of third-party agents.

For UAE residents, the procedure involves submitting an online application through Albania’s official eVisa platform at e-visa.al, specifically completing the application form for a “Short Stay Visa” or “Type C”.

As per e-visa.al, holders of Golden Visas in the UAE can obtain a visa upon arrival in Albania. This applies to “foreign citizens who have a 10-year residence permit issued by the UAE, valid not less than one year from the moment of entry,” according to e-visa.al.

The cost for the eVisa varies based on the visa type and duration, ranging from Dh300 to Dh700. This cost differentiation arises according to the particulars furnished in the application.

Approval for the visa is subject to a processing period of up to 15 working days, extending to 30 working days in certain instances.

7. Madagascar

The eVisa option for Madagascar welcomes individuals of all nationalities. The process entails registering for a tourist visa online via the official eVisa platform at evisamada-mg.com.

Alternative to online application, a visa can also be obtained upon arrival. This involves completing the eVisa application at designated visa counters situated at Ivato International Airport in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar.

Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months at the time of applying for a visa. Here are key details regarding the visa’s validity, duration, and associated costs:

– Validity: The visa remains valid for a duration of six months.
– Duration: The visa is attainable for periods of 15, 30, or 60 days.

Cost breakdown:

15-day visa: $10 (Dh63)
30-day visa: $37 (Dh135)
60-day visa: $45 (Dh165)

8. Kenya eVisa

Kenya offers an electronic visa (eVisa) program for visitors from various nationalities, including UAE residents. To apply, you can visit the official eVisa portal at evisa.go.ke. This portal allows you to apply for different types of visas, including tourist, business, and transit visas.

The process involves filling out an online application form, submitting required documents, and making the necessary payment. The cost of the eVisa varies depending on the type of visa and duration of stay. It’s important to ensure that your passport has a minimum validity of six months from the date of entry into Kenya.

9. Sri Lanka eVisa

Sri Lanka provides an online visa application system, commonly referred to as an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA), for travelers from various countries, including UAE residents. The ETA can be applied for through the official website at eta.gov.lk. Travelers can choose between a short visit or a transit visa, each with different costs and validity periods. The ETA allows you to stay in Sri Lanka for a specified duration, and it’s important to have a passport with at least six months validity from the intended date of arrival.

10. Turkey eVisa

Turkey offers an electronic visa (eVisa) option for UAE residents and citizens of many other countries. The eVisa allows travelers to explore Turkey for tourism, business, or medical purposes. The application process involves completing an online form at the official eVisa website, evisa.gov.tr. MFD/Expat Media

Note: Prices reflected as of August 14, 2023. Costs and fees subject to change.

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