The UAE MoFAIC (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation) announced that beginning from 1 February 2018 UAE nationals who hold ordinary passports would not need requirements for pre-entry visas to visit Ireland.
Ahmed Elham Al Dhaheri, an Assistant Under-Secretary at MoFAIC, was quoted by The Gulf Today as saying that their ministry received from the Government of Ireland an official note stating that holders of ordinary UAE passports will be allowed to visit Ireland sans pre-visa requirements, and they would also be able to avail the prospects of extending their stay in the West European country for up to 90 days every time they visit.
According to Al Dhaheri, the privileged bilateral ties between Ireland and the UAE and with a large number of Emiratis opting to travel to Ireland increasingly to study, to invest, trade, tour and others are the reasons that prompted this move.
He indicated that the positive economic ties between these two nations over the past years have encouraged both nations to provide their citizens with all the privileges possible in a bid to see to it that continued prosperity and progress exist in their bilateral relations.
Al Dhaheri said that Ireland had waived prior-visa requirements for private and diplomatic passport holders of UAE in mid-2015 leading to their improved bilateral relations and as of now this progress has been completed by exempting other Emiratis from the same rules.
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