GCC E-Visa Guide for UAE Residents: Validity, Documents, and Application Process

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The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations, mirroring the Schengen travel visa system in Europe, have collectively endorsed a unified tourist permit to enable seamless travel among residents of the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, and Kuwait.

While the implementation of this unified visa is in progress, citizens of GCC countries can still take advantage of their existing visa-free travel privileges. Additionally, residents can opt for hassle-free travel through e-visa services.

In Saudi Arabia, UAE residents have the option of applying for an e-visa for tourism purposes, which grants a validity period of one year and allows stays of up to 90 days. The process involves providing necessary documents, such as a passport, ID card, and bank information, and completing an online application form on the Saudi Arabia eVisa portal. Similarly, in Oman, UAE citizens can travel visa-free, while residents can apply for an e-visa online through the Royal Oman Police website, allowing a stay of 28 days.

In Qatar, residents from 102 countries can enter visa-free, while others can apply for an e-visa through the Hayya platform online. The application process involves filling out an online form, uploading required documents such as passport copies and proof of accommodation, and making the necessary payment. Bahrain offers a variety of visit visas for GCC residents and visitors, each with its own conditions and validity periods, with the option of on-arrival visas for eligible individuals.

In Kuwait, travelers holding a valid UAE passport do not require a visa, while others must obtain an e-visa before traveling. The application process includes providing personal and passport details, uploading necessary documents, and paying the visa fee online. It's important to note that visa applicants must ensure compliance with all visa conditions and provide accurate information throughout the application process.

Overall, the introduction of unified tourist permits and the availability of e-visa services aim to enhance travel convenience and promote tourism across the GCC nations, offering residents and visitors streamlined processes and expanded opportunities for exploration and leisure.

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