UAE launches tourist visas for Israelis

UAE foreign ministry announces 'activation of tourist entry visas for Israeli passport holders.'

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Abu Dhabi skyline
Abu Dhabi skyline
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The United Arab Emirates launched tourist visas for Israeli citizens on Thursday, official media said, in the latest move following the normalization of ties between the two countries.

Abu Dhabi's foreign ministry "announced the activation of tourist entry visas through airlines and travel and tourism offices for Israeli passport holders", the WAM news agency reported.

The measure is a stop-gap until a mutual visa waiver agreement is put in place meaning Israelis visiting the UAE will be eligible for visas on arrival.

The same will apply to Emiratis visiting the Jewish state.

"The move falls within bilateral cooperation between the UAE and the State of Israel following the signing of the Abraham Accords and aims to facilitate travel to the UAE for the time being," the report added.

The two countries have already signed treaties on direct flights and visa-free travel, along with accords on investment protection, science and technology.



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