Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen said on Tuesday that from June 5 onwards, the Canadian government will be lifting the visa requirements for UAE citizens.
After a rigorous and thorough evaluation of the UAE in regard to Canada’s visa policy, it was found that the Gulf country does indeed meet the visa exemption criteria set by Canada.
As of 1:30pm Gulf Standard Time on June 5, Emiratis will be able to travel to Canada, without procuring a visa, for short stays up to six months, was quoted as saying by the Dubai-based Khaleej Times.
Emiratis will still need to have in hand their Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to, or transit through a Canadian airport. This will allow Canadian officials to screen travelers before they board the flight.
There are about 40,000 Canadian citizens living and working in the UAE and about 150 Canadian businesses have operations in the country, according to the newspaper.
“The United Arab Emirates is a key strategic partner and lifting the visa requirement will help reaffirm the strong relationship between our two countries. It will also promote increased tourism, cultural, academic and study exchanges, as well as foster new business, trade, and investment opportunities,” Ahmed Hussen said.