UAE temporarily suspends Visa on Arrival for Indian Passports

Just last week, I wrote about how Abu Dhabi, UAE, had re-started the facility to grant a visa on arrival for Indian passport holders. It turns out, they jumped the gun, perhaps!

Etihad has notified that Visa on Arrival for passengers arriving from India, or those who would be in India anytime during the past 14 days before their arrival into Abu Dhabi has been suspended, via a tweet.

Etihad states that,

 The UAE authorities have decided to temporarily suspend the visa-on-arrival facility for passengers who are arriving from or been in India in the past 14 days. We’re working to update our website

No reason has been provided for the suspension, but this might mean that the risk assessment for India might be still high in the matrix of the UAE.


If you thought you’d be over to the UAE on the back of a visitor visa, no longer! Visitors from India continue to be banned for now hence. On the other hand, if you hold an Indian passport, and are perhaps arriving from another country which is on the green list, you are good to go.

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  1. Hi, Are you US Citizens still allowed to travel to India from US and return back to US with any major issues? Thanks

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