Tuesday, June 22, 2021  | 11 ZUL-QAADAH, 1442
Samaa TV
Facebook Twitter Youtube
HOME > Global

UAE launches tourist visas for Israelis

Ties between the two countries are normalising

SAMAA | - Posted: Dec 4, 2020 | Last Updated: 7 months ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Dec 4, 2020 | Last Updated: 7 months ago

Photo: AFP

The United Arab Emirates launched tourist visas for Israeli citizens on Thursday, official media said, in the latest move following the normalisation of ties between the two countries.

Abu Dhabi’s foreign ministry “announced the activation of tourist entry visas through airlines and travel and tourism offices for Israeli passport holders”, the WAM news agency reported.

The measure is a stop-gap until a mutual visa waiver agreement is put in place meaning Israelis visiting the UAE will be eligible for visas on arrival. The same will apply to Emiratis visiting the Jewish state.

Related: Israeli PM, UAE crown prince nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

“The move falls within bilateral cooperation between the UAE and the State of Israel following the signing of the Abraham Accords and aims to facilitate travel to the UAE for the time being,” the report added.

With their economies hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, the UAE and Israel are hoping for rapid dividends from the US-brokered normalisation deal signed in September.

They have already signed treaties on direct flights and visa-free travel, along with accords on investment protection, science and technology.

The UAE was only the third Arab country to normalise ties with Israel following Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. 

However, its move was quickly followed by Bahrain and in October Sudan also announced it would normalise relations with Israel.

The agreements, which have been roundly condemned by the Palestinians, break with years of Arab League policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The consensus had been that there should be no relations with Israel until it makes peace with the Palestinians.

FaceBook WhatsApp
 
HOME  
 
 
RELATED STORIES

Tell us what you think:

Your email address will not be published.

FaceBook WhatsApp
 

 
 
 

MOST READ
MOST READ
‘World’s happiest country’ seeks migrants
Spanish man jailed for 15 years for killing, eating mum
Modi invites occupied Kashmir’s leaders to all-party meeting
Netanyahu defeat brings relief, if no policy shift, for Biden
Putin and Biden won’t be friends but see path together
Free Covid vaccines for all Indian adults as Modi hails yoga ‘shield’
Three Muslims lynched in India on suspicion of cattle theft
Indian baby found in box floating on Ganges
Five polio vaccinators shot dead in Afghanistan
Afghan leader Ghani to visit White House as withdrawal nears
 
 
 
 
 
About Us   |   Anchor Profiles   |   Online Advertising   |   Contact Us   |   Feedback   |   Apps   |   FAQs   |   Authors   |   Comment Policy
Facebook   |   Twitter   |   Instagram   |   YouTube   |   WhatsApp