Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Canadian visiting UAE - New Rule

Abu Dhabi: Starting January 2, Canadians will have to obtain a pre-arranged visa to enter the UAE, official sources said yesterday, amid souring ties between the two countries.

The visa waiver policy will no longer apply to Canada because relations had dipped to a point where they were "neither healthy nor hopeful", the Associated Press quoted an official source in Abu Dhabi as saying. "The visa waivers are granted to countries with a special relationship ... built on economic and other areas of close and growing cooperation," the source said.

The official added that this decision has no negative impact on the bilateral relations between the two countries.

According to source this maybe due to the aviation dispute of the two contries.

Aviation dispute

* October 10: The UAE is disappointed that despite intensive negotiations over the last five years the UAE and Canada have been unable to arrive at an agreement on expanding the number of flights between the two countries.
* October 11: Canadians barred from military base, a crucial link in the supply line for its mission in Afghanistan.
* October 14: Official source announces UAE lobbied against Canada's bid to win a seat on the United Nations Security Council because of its anti-Arab policies.
* November 9: UAE cancels visa waiver policy for Canadians, in a tit for tat move.

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