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Updated January 2023
West Asian countries may be obscure travel destinations, but they hold immense beauty for those who venture to these under-explored lands. Armenia, also known as the Land of Churches, is one example of the West Asian allure. Its sprawling lush forests, stunning gorges and cliffs carved by shimmering blue waters, and pre-Christian heritage are excellent excuses for Emiratis to take a week off and experience Armenia.
If you’re planning to visit Armenia from the UAE, keep reading to find out if you need a visa.
Armenia visa for UAE residents
The visa requirements for UAE residents depend on whether they are Emirati nationals. You can easily check your visa requirement and visa validity here by entering your nationality and type of passport.
UAE lies on the list of countries which are unilaterally exempt from the visa requirements of Armenia. As a result, UAE residents who are UAE nationals and thereby hold Emirati passports do not need a visa to enter Armenia. This includes holders of any type of UAE passport- diplomatic, ordinary, service, special, or any travel document. They are allowed to stay in Armenia for up to 180 days a year.
UAE residents who hold any type of passport from one of the following countries are also allowed to enter Armenia without any visa and stay for 180 days per year.
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City State, UAE, UK, USA.
Apart from the above countries, most citizens of the following countries can also travel to Armenia visa-free, thanks to bilateral and multilateral agreements. However, there may be restrictions according to the type of passport they hold.
- Argentina: all types of passports allowed
- Belarus: all types of passports allowed
- Bosnia & Herzegovina: only diplomatic passports allowed
- Brazil: all types of passports allowed
- China: all types of passports allowed
- Ecuador: all types of passports allowed
- Egypt: only diplomatic, official, and service passports allowed
- Georgia: all types of passports allowed
- Hong Kong: all types of passports allowed
- India: only diplomatic passports allowed
- Indonesia: only diplomatic and service passports allowed
- Iran: all types of passports allowed
- Jordan: only diplomatic passports allowed
- Kazakhstan: all types of passports allowed
- Kuwait: only diplomatic and service passports allowed
- Kyrgyzstan: all types of passports allowed
- Latvia: only diplomatic and service passports allowed
- Lebanon: only diplomatic, official, and special passports allowed
- Macao: all types of passports allowed
- Mexico: only diplomatic and service passports allowed
- Moldova: all types of passports allowed
- Mongolia: only diplomatic and official passports allowed
- Philippines: only diplomatic and service passports allowed
- Russia: all types of passports allowed
- Serbia: all types of passports allowed
- Syrian Arab Republic: only diplomatic, official, and special passports allowed
- Tajikistan: all types of passports allowed
- Turkmenistan: only diplomatic and service passports allowed
- Ukraine: all types of passports allowed
- Uruguay: all types of passports allowed
- Uzbekistan: all types of passports allowed
- Vietnam: only diplomatic and official passports allowed
Visitor visa upon invitation
UAE residents who hold passports from the following countries will be granted a visitor visa to Armenia only upon invitation. They will be required to apply at the diplomatic representations or consular posts of Armenia in the UAE.
Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros Islands, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Invitations can be submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by:
- juridical persons, i.e. legal entities registered in Armenia
- authorities of Armenia and diplomatic representations or international organizations or their representatives (physical persons submit invitations to the Passport and Visa Department of the Police).
The invitation needs to be submitted by a person or legal entity which is interested in the applicant’s visit to Armenia.
E-visa and visa on arrival (without invitation)
UAE residents who are citizens of countries which are neither on the visa-free entry list nor the invitation-only list, are required to obtain a visa before flying to Armenia. However, the procedure has been simplified for them, and they only need to fill out the e-sisa application online.
This effectively means that UAE residents who hold ordinary passports from the following countries are eligible for the Armenian e-visa:
Algeria, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nauru, Nicaragua, North Macedonia, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & Grenadines, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Suriname, Syria Arab Republic, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam.
To apply for the e-Visa, UAE residents will require their passport or travel document, a completed visa application, and a photo of size 3.5cm X 4.5cm. Applicants are also encouraged to attach, if available:
- air ticket
- hotel reservation
- proof of financial means (bank statement, other documents)
- health (travel) insurance
- a copy of passport pages containing visas obtained during the past 3 years, resident cards, and other documents
Travellers who have applied for the Armenia e-visa can check the status of their application here by entering their application ID and the captcha.
UAE residents of the above nationalities are also allowed to obtain the visa upon arrival at Armenian borders, provided they are able to present a valid UAE residence visa.
Armenia visa cost for UAE residents
UAE residents who are Emirati nationals do not require an Armenian visa. They may visit Armenia free of cost.
UAE residents who are foreign nationals are required to obtain an Armenian visa or e-visa. They would need to pay for visa services at the following rates:
- visitor visa (up to 21 days of stay): դր3,000 (AED 28)
- visitor visa (up to 120 days of stay): դր15,000 (AED 140)
- multiple-entry visitor visa (for up to 60 days of stay with 6 months validity): դր20,000 (AED 187)
- multiple-entry visitor visa (for up to 120 days of stay with one-year validity): դր40,000 (AED 375)
- single entry transit visa: դր10,000 (AED 94)
- multiple entry transit visa (with one-year validity): դր18,000 (AED 169)
Please note that the Armenia e-visa fee is non-refundable.
Official and diplomatic visas are available free of cost.