UAE suspends visa-on-arrival service for Indian passengers with US, UK visas

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities have temporarily suspended issuing visas on arrival for Indian nationals with a visa or residence permit issued by the US, UK or an EU Member State, Etihad Airways said on Monday.

“The UAE authorities have decided to temporarily suspend the visa-on-arrival facility for passengers who are arriving from or been in India in the past 14 days. We’re working to update our website,” Etihad’s official guest relations Twitter account notified passengers.

“If you are an Indian citizen, you are now eligible to apply for a visa when you arrive in the UAE, including Abu Dhabi. To qualify, you must have a US visitor visa or green card, or holding a UK or EU residence valid for at least six months. And your passport must have at least six months validity,” the national carrier had said in a statement.

On the other hand, Oman will allow fully vaccinated travelers from India (those wo have got Covishield) to visit the country starting September 1. The second dose should have been taken at least 14 days before date of travel.