Chinese visitors are now eligible for visas-on-arrival in the UAE

Nov 17, 2016

In an effort to strengthen relations with China and boost tourism and trade, the UAE now permits holders of Mainland China passports to avail a 30 day visa-on-arrival upon entry. Although the announcement (which was first circulated on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al Makhtoum’s official Twitter account) was made earlier this year, implementation was varied with some reports suggesting that immigration officials at the country’s various ports-of-entry were not formally notified of the update.

Although Chinese nationals are eligible for a 30 day visa-on-arrival, this can also be extended once incountry for an additional 30 day period. This differs from the visas issued to other non-EU nationalities on the list in that the latter are issued 40 day visas with the option to extend in-country for an additional 20 days.

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