Updated 8 April 2022
According to the Henley Passport Index, the strength of a country’s passport is determined by the total number of international destinations allowing visa-free access for its holders. In this regard, the UAE passport is considered one of the strongest passports in the world as it provides Emiratis with a list of 130 visa-free countries and territories.
Here we take a look at the latest list of visa-free countries for UAE residents categorized by region.
Note: While travelling to the following countries does not require UAE passport holders to obtain a visa, there may be requirements pertaining to COVID testing and/or vaccination to be met before entry is granted. Some countries might not even be open for travel altogether. Make sure to check the latest travel requirements if you’re planning on travelling to any of the listed countries.
Germany’s visa-free policy extends to 62 countries including the UAE. Those listed are welcome to enter and stay in Germany for a period of 90 days within six months. During their visit, UAE travellers are not allowed to work although they may engage in business.
Other visa-free European countries:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Czech Republic
- North Macedonia
- San Marino
- Vatican City
The Middle East
UAE is among the few countries allowed to enter Jordan visa-free. UAE travellers must ensure that their passport’s validity period extends to six months beyond the duration of their stay. A visa-free stay of 30 days is allowed.
Other visa-free Middle Eastern countries:
- Saudi Arabia
Thailand’s visa exemption rule allows UAE tourists along with 63 other countries to enter the country without a visa. Tourists entering Thailand are allowed a maximum of a 30-day stay period should they enter Thailand via international airports or land borders.
Other visa-free Asian countries:
- Hong Kong (SAR China)
- South Korea
Visa-free entry to Chile is available for holders of UAE passports. A maximum stay period of 90 days is allowed for the purposes of either business, tourism, or transit. The majority of travellers from visa-exempt countries will only be required to present a valid passport.
Other visa-free countries in the Americas:
- Costa Rica
- El Salvador
- French Guiana
All visitors to the Cook Islands are not required to obtain a visa prior to departure. They will instead be issued a visitors permit on arrival provided they hold a passport valid for a period of at least 6 months beyond their intended period of stay. This will allow a stay period of up to 31 days.
Other visa-free Oceanian countries:
- French Polynesia
- New Caledonia
- Solomon Islands
Antigua & Barbuda
The Antiguan-Barbudan immigration authorities do not require visas from travellers from a number of countries for short-term stays including the UAE. Please note that the visa exemption applies for those travelling for holidays and business trips. While the maximum stay period varies depending on their country of origin most nationalities may stay for a maximum of six months.
Other visa-free Caribbean countries:
- Bonaire; St. Eustatius and Saba
- Dominican Republic
- French West Indies
- St. Kitts and Nevis
- St. Lucia
- St. Maarten
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines
- Turks and Caicos
Seychelles is a visa-free country. As such, all foreign nationals visiting Seychelles are granted visa-free access under the condition that they must be in possession of a valid passport, return or onward ticket, proof of accommodation and sufficient funds. A Visitor’s Permit will be issued free of charge for all arrivals and is initially valid for up to three months but can be extended for a fee for a period of up to three months with further extensions not exceeding a total period of twelve months.
Other visa-free African countries:
- Burkina Faso
- Central African Republic
- The Gambia
- Sao Tome and Principe
- South Africa