UAE gets visa-free entry to two more countries

By Angel Chan

UAE and Nauru sign MoU on entry-visa exemption

ABU DHABI 2 December 2017: The UAE and Nauru have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to exempt UAE nationals carrying diplomatic, private, VIP and regular passports from obtaining pre-entry visas, with the possibility of staying for up to 90 days on each visit, starting from 19th November 2017.

Ahmed Saeed Elham Al Dhaheri, Assistant Under-Secretary for Consular Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC), said that the exemption came during the visit of Nauru’s Foreign Minister to the country, to attend the annual International Participants Meeting at Expo 2020 Dubai, said Wam.

Al Dhaheri added that the exemption will open new avenues for travel destinations for UAE nationals at one of the Pacific countries, which will positively affect the tourism, trade, investment and other fields, in order to achieve a diversified economic and investment opportunities for the two countries, enhance bilateral cooperation, and promote ties between the UAE and Nauru.

He noted that MOFAIC is striving to provide all facilities for its citizens to travel without the need for a pre-entry visa, emphasising the functioning of the ministry in accordance with the directives of the wise leadership to provide happiness to citizens.

Emiratis exempt from pre-entry visas to visit Solomon Islands

Emiratis holding diplomatic, special and ordinary passports have been exempted from pre-entry visas to visit the Solomon Islands.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation announced that the visa waiver became effective as of 19th November, 2017, with UAE citizens travelling to the Solomon Islands able to stay for a period of up to 90 days.


Ahmed Al Dhaheri, Assistant Under-Secretary for Consular Affairs at the Ministry, said that the visa waiver decision was in line with the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, signed between the UAE and the Solomon Islands during the visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade of Solomon Islands, Milner Tozaka, to attend the International Participants Meeting, IPM, of Expo 2020 Dubai last October.

He said that signing of the MoU for visa exemption with the Pacific countries, including the Solomon Islands, offered UAE citizens the opportunity to travel easily, reflecting the development of relations with the Solomon Islands.

It also demonstrates the growing bilateral relations between the two friendly countries across various sectors, including tourism, investment and trade and others and enhances cooperation between the UAE and Solomon Islands.

Al Dhaheri highlighted that the ministry seeks to enhance its diplomatic efforts to attain the wise leadership’s strategic objective of providing UAE citizens with distinguished services that ensure their comfort and happiness.