Top 2 visa-on-arrival summer destinations for GCC travelers

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An aerial view A view of Mauritius.

GCC travelers looking for a summer escape offering free visa-on-arrival can head to the ultimate summer holiday destinations: Mauritius and Barbados.

Both destinations offer stunning beaches, rich cultural experiences, and a wealth of activities for families and solo travelers alike. Here’s what to expect:

Summer bliss in Mauritius

Flight time from Dubai: 6 hours and 35 minutes

Recognized as the Indian Ocean’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination by the World Travel Awards, Mauritius has become the top choice for GCC travelers this summer. With free visa on arrival for GCC nationals, the island offers a range of experiences, from memorable family holidays and pristine underwater explorations to peaceful golf retreats and solo hikes in National Parks featuring stunning waterfalls. Mauritius caters to every traveler, providing a perfect setting for genuine interactions and enriching experiences.

Mauritius is large enough to offer exciting adventures yet small enough for easy access to all its corners. Visitors can enjoy water sports along its turquoise shores, delve into its rich cultural heritage, and engage in a variety of activities to suit all preferences. Whether relaxing on white sandy beaches or exploring vibrant markets, Mauritius promises a unique journey of discovery and relaxation. With its warm hospitality and stunning natural beauty, Mauritius invites GCC travelers to create lifelong memories.

Top spots to visit: Port Louis, the Capital City of Mauritius, Belle-Mare, the longest of the island, Black River district

Embrace the vibrant Caribbean in Barbados


How to reach Barbados: Travelers from the GCC can connect to the Caribbean Island of Barbados via key gateways in London, New York City, Toronto, Amsterdam, and Panama City.

Hometown to megastar Rihanna and cricketing legend Sir Garfield Sobers, the vibrant Caribbean Island country of Barbados has a captivating story to tell. The island of Barbados offers free visa on arrivals for GCC travelers, is rich in cultural, heritage, sporting, culinary and eco experiences. It is surrounded by idyllic white sand beaches and is the only coral island in the Caribbean. With over 400 restaurants and eateries, Barbados is the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean.

The island also hosts events like the annual Crop Over Festival every summer, where A-lists Hollywood celebrities are often spotted, and the annual Run Barbados Marathon, the largest marathon in the Caribbean. As the motorsport island, it is home to the leading circuit-racing facility in the English-speaking Caribbean.

Top spots to visit: Bridgetown, West Coast, South Coast, Harrison’s Cave, Barbados Wildlife Reserve, St. Nicolas Abbey among others.

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