Armenia eases visa rules for UAE tourists

The requirements are simplified for both citizens and expatriates.

Armenia has made travel more accessible for tourists from the United Arab Emirates with simplified visa regulations. The mountainous country has simplified visa requirements for Emiratis, and UAE passport holders now enjoy visa-free travel for up to 180 days in a year.

Visa regulations are also simplified for those with UAE residency visas.

Sisian Boghossian MBA, Head of the Armenian Tourism Committee, Ministry of Economy saying:

“Citizens of more than 50 countries, including Egypt, India, Iraq, Morocco, the Philippines and Saudi Arabia, can obtain a visa at the border with Armenia (on arrival or via e-visa) if they possess a valid resident card issued by the member states of the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council), which includes the United Arab Emirates.”

Armenia’s tourism body said the new visa rules aim to encourage cultural exchange, tourism and deeper connections between the two nations.

“As Armenia opens its doors to tourists from the UAE, there has never been a better time to explore this jewel of the Caucasus.”

Located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, the country has seen a “significant increase” in travelers from the United Arab Emirates. “The short direct flight (three hours) and affordability make it an attractive option for those looking for a memorable yet convenient getaway. The variety of activities, from zip lining and rafting to paragliding and winter sports, provides a well-rounded experience for visitors,” Boghossian said.

“Overall, Armenia’s visa facilitation, proximity, affordability, rich culture, delicious cuisine and beautiful landscapes make it a popular choice among UAE travelers looking for a unique and unexplored destination.”

Many travelers from the UAE explore regions beyond the capital Armenia, he added.

“Armenia’s appeal to UAE tourists is further enhanced by its picturesque winter landscapes and a variety of snow-related activities, ensuring year-round tourism. Furthermore, the affordability and variety of Armenia’s tourism offerings align well with UAE visitors’ desire to experience new and exciting activities.”

The country is home to hidden gems, such as a grape spa in the Ararat Valley that offers grape-based treatments. Panoramic getaways include Lake Sevan and the stunning peaks of the Armenian highlands. Armenia also has a rich cultural heritage, with ancient monasteries, churches and historical sites.

News Source: Khaleej Times

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