Visas on arrival to continue at Dubai International Airport

Siobháin Spear
Mar 16, 2020

Dubai Airports has announced that passengers with passports from select countries will continue to get visas on arrival.

With travel measures and restrictions changing daily, Dubai Airports has released a statement to clarify that visas on arrival will be available to passport holders from select countries.

The issuance of entry visas

Aligning with countries across the world, the UAE authorities have implemented a series of travel and tourism measures across the Emirates. As part of these safety measures, the UAE took the decision to temporarily suspend the issuance of all entry visas effective from March 17; however, there are specific exceptions.

Clarifying the change, Dubai Airports announced:

  • the suspension of entry visas does not apply to passengers holding diplomatic passports or those who have had visas issued prior March 17
  • the suspension of entry visas also does not apply to passengers who hold passports from certain countries

Which passports are exempt from the visa suspension?

Passengers who hold passports from the following countries can continue to travel to and from the UAE. However, they should be aware that they may be subject to additional screening at the airports:

  • Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy (from Rome only), Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Vatican, United Kingdom and The United States of America

Flight Changes

While travel is strongly not advised due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is important to be aware that airlines have made changes to flight routes and schedules. Should you need to travel in or out of the UAE, ensure that you contact the relevant airlines.

Airline updates in the UAE

Emirates debunked rumours that all flights would be suspended. In a tweet on March 15, the airline confirmed: “there is no truth to the rumors circulating on social media that the airline will be suspending all flights on 17 March. For latest flight updates please visit

Similarly, if you are travelling in or out of Abu Dhabi, do ensure that you check flight schedules. Etihad Airways has announced a series of flight changes to the Etihad network in order to minimise risk and ensure both passengers and staff remain safe.

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