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Eid al Fitr holidays 2022: visa-free travel destinations for UAE residents

Dubai: Are you planning a quick escape over the Eid holiday but don’t want to bother applying for tourist visas? Here are four travel destinations that do not require a visa or offer a visa on arrival for UAE residents.

1. Azerbaijan

Here are the COVID-19 requirements for UAE residents traveling to Azerbaijan:

• According to the official website of the Azerbaijan Tourism Board – foreign residents of the UAE are eligible for a visa on arrival if their residency is valid for at least another six months.

• Passengers over 18 must provide the following documents:

• Official certificate of vaccination against COVID-19 or an official letter indicating your recovery from COVID-19.

• Negative PCR test result, valid for 72 hours from the date the test result is issued.

• Passengers between the ages of one and 18 must submit a negative PCR test result, valid for 72 hours from the date the test result is issued.

• Children under one year old do not need to submit a negative PCR test result.

2.Maldives

According to the Maldives Immigration Authority website – immigration.gov.mv – “A tourist visa is granted to all nationalities upon arrival in the Maldives. As such, a foreigner traveling to the Maldives as a tourist does not need pre-approval for the visa.”

The Maldives offers visa on arrival for residents of the United Arab Emirates. According to the Emirates airlines website, there are no longer any COVID 19 entry restrictions for travel to the Maldives. Passengers are no longer required to have a COVID 19 vaccination certificate or a COVID 19 test result to enter the country. Quarantine restrictions have also been lifted.

However, travelers must complete the travel declaration form here: https://imuga.immigration.gov.mv/ethd/create and obtain the QR code and present it to the immigration officer upon arrival.

3. Mauritius

Citizens of most countries do not need a visa or can obtain a visa upon arrival in Mauritius for tourism purposes, according to the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA).

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) COVID-19 travel website, here are the COVID-19 travel regulations for Mauritius:

For vaccinated tourists: At least 14 days must have passed since you received the last required dose of one of the following vaccines: AstraZeneca, Covaxin, Moderna, Pfizer BioNTech, Sinopharm, Sinovac and Sputnik V or at least 28 days have passed since you received a dose of the Janssen vaccine.
Recovered from COVID-19: Travelers who have recovered from COVID-19 must present proof of recovery and that they have received at least one dose of one of the approved vaccines at least 14 days prior to departure.
PCR test rules: Passengers are subject to a medical examination and a PCR test upon arrival.

The Mauritian Division of Defense and Home Affairs website lists only 21 countries, whose nationals must apply for a visa before traveling to the country. To find out if you are eligible for a visa on arrival, visit www.dha.govmu.org

Important documents:

Passengers must complete the “Mauritius All in One Travel Form” here: https://safemauritius.govmu.org/. After completing the form, the app will generate a QR code which must be presented upon arrival.

Passengers must also have health insurance to cover expenses related to COVID-19.

4. Georgia

According to the Georgian National Tourism Administration, residents of the United Arab Emirates can enter Georgia without a visa and stay in the country for up to one year.

Although you do not need a visa, you will need to present one of these documents to meet COVID-19 travel requirements when traveling to Georgia:

• Fully vaccinated passengers must present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate. The vaccination certificate must be in English;

• Passengers may also present a COVID-19 Recovery Certificate issued no more than 100 days prior to arrival and a COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate proving that they have received at least one dose, 14 days prior to arrival. The vaccination certificate must be in English.

• Unvaccinated travelers must provide a negative PCR test result, with testing performed within 72 hours of travel to Georgia.