UAE visa on arrival for Indians with US visa, Green Card

Indian passport holders with a valid American visa or a Green Card will now be eligible to obtain a UAE visa on arrival.

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.

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.

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

India is investing about $70 billion in the UAE through 45,000 Indian companies, while the UAE is investing $10 billion in the Indian sectors of energy, metallurgical industry, services, technology and construction. A number of UAE companies invest and operate in India such as Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (ADNEC), Emaar, and Dubai Ports World (DPP), which currently operates in six major ports in India.

Strong bonds of friendship between UAE and India have found clear expression in the series of high-level bilateral visits between the two countries in the past two years, The move of granting entry visas to the UAE aligns itself with the close cooperation between the two countries.

Deep historical ties between the UAE and India were further accelerated by the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the UAE in 2015, which was the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister after 34 years.

Currently, citizens of 47 countries apart from the GCC nations, can get visa on arrival. Citizens of the following countries do not require advance visa arrangements to enter the UAE and can obtain a visa upon arrival for 90 days.