The change will be effective from June 5
Emiratis to enjoy visa-free travel to Canada
Emiratis will soon be able to enjoy visa-free travel to Canada.
The change, which will be effective from June 5, will allow Emiratis to travel to Canada for stays of up to six months for business or tourism.
Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, announced the move during a meeting with the UAE's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed on Monday.
Mr Hussen said the change was made after “comprehensive and rigorous” evaluation of the visa policy criteria.
“The United Arab Emirates is a key strategic partner and lifting the visa requirement will help reaffirm the strong relationship between our two countries,” he said.
“It will also promote increased tourism, cultural, academic and study exchanges, as well as foster new business, trade, and investment opportunities.”
However, Emiratis will still need an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) to fly to, or transit through, a Canadian airport – as is the same for all other visa-exempt travellers.
“The eTA allows Canadian officials to screen travellers for admissibility before they board their flight to Canada.”
Emiratis can apply online for an eTA after 1.30 pm on June 5, when the change comes into force.
In January, it was announced that Emiratis can now also enjoy visa-free travel to Ireland.
This year’s Henley Passport Index reported the document is now ranked the 32nd most powerful in the world, up six places on last year with visa-free access to 134 countries.
With the addition of Canada, another destination can be added to the list.