UAE reinstates visa-free entry for Ukrainians in fast reversal

A view of a avenue in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Overseas Ministry of the United Arab Emirates introduced Thursday that Ukrainian residents will proceed to have visa-free entry into the nation, two days after it was introduced that the coverage had been suspended.

The UAE can also be now providing Ukrainians who arrived earlier than March 3, 2022 the power to remain within the nation for as much as a yr with out being topic to fines. These arriving after March 3 can have visa-free entry for 30 days, as was the coverage beforehand.

The information comes as Russian bombings throughout Ukraine intensify, and the quantity of people that have fled Ukraine as refugees surpasses 1 million, in line with the United Nations.

“Regarding studies on the issuance of advance visas to Ukrainian nationals to enter the UAE,” the ministry mentioned in an announcement, “Ukrainian nationals proceed to be eligible for visa on arrival to the UAE.”

It added: “The UAE additionally gives vital companies to Ukrainian nationals within the UAE who require help, in coordination with the Embassy of Ukraine within the UAE.”

On Tuesday, March 1, a submit on the Ukrainian embassy within the UAE’s Fb web page mentioned that the UAE was briefly suspending the memorandum of understanding between the 2 nations that had established mutual cancellation of visa necessities.

“From right now, residents of Ukraine – passport holders of Ukrainian citizen for going overseas ought to obtain an appropriate visa for visiting the UAE,” it mentioned. The Ukrainian embassy confirmed the coverage change on a cellphone name with CNBC, including that it didn’t know the explanation for the choice. The information was met with widespread anger and criticism amongst Ukrainians and on social media.

Beforehand, Ukrainian nationals may enter the UAE and keep for 30 days with no prior want to use for a visa. That coverage and the mutual cancellation of visa necessities between the 2 nations has been reinstated.

The Ukrainian embassy within the UAE wrote on its Fb web page Thursday: “After receiving the official observe of the Ministry of Overseas Affairs … on the short-term suspension of the visa-free regime for Ukrainian residents,” the embassy “carried out energetic work with the Emirates … with a purpose to cancel this determination.”

It added that Ukrainians have been in a position to board flights to the UAE with out visas.

The UAE initially abstained on a U.N. safety council vote led by the U.S. to sentence Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which started on February 24. However it modified positions in new Basic Meeting vote Wednesday, abandoning neutrality to vote together with 140 different nations in favor of a decision demanding Russia halt its invasion of Ukraine and withdraw all troops.

The UAE’s Ministry of Overseas Affairs on Wednesday additionally introduced it could ship 18 million dirhams ($4.9 million) in humanitarian support to Ukraine. The tourism authority of the UAE’s northern emirate of Ras Al Khaimah mentioned on the identical day that Ukrainian vacationers there, who are actually stranded outdoors their house nation, can stay of their inns free of cost.

Some 15,000 Ukrainians dwell within the UAE and roughly 250,000 go to the nation as vacationers yearly, in line with Ukraine’s authorities.

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