UAE Citizens Can Now Visit the Bahamas Visa-Free.
Good news for nationals of the United Arab Emirates; they can now visit and enjoy the Caribbean paradise of The Bahamas visa-free for a period not exceeding 90 days.
The news was announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, MOFAIC, in a statement declaring that Citizens of the UAE no longer needed any prior authorisation to visit the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
Relations Between the UAE and the Bahamas
The new deal between the Bahamas and the UAE is a bilateral memorandum of understanding that waives entry visa requirements for citizens of both countries when they visit the territory of the other.
The new agreement came into effect on Tuesday, December 27th, 2016.
The memorandum applies to Emirati citizens who hold regular passports, as well as those with diplomatic special mission passports.
This latest development pushes the number of countries and territories that Emiratis can visit without a visa to 122.
These include the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council GCC, whereby citizens of these countries enjoy not only visa-free travel in each other’s countries but also have an automatic right to employment without the usual restrictions and work permits that apply to other countries’ nationals.
Global Visa Restrictions Index
This latest agreement has now pushed the Emirati passport up the rankings to the 38th place in the world according to the Global Visa Restrictions Index.
Holding an Emirati passport, which in the period of 2006 to 2016 has been the most improved passport on the global index of visa restrictions is a great privilege.
The current leader in the visa restrictions index is Germany with 177 visa free countries, followed by Sweden with 176. In third place, with 175 countries, is are a couple of European countries including the United Kingdom, France and Italy.
The United States is joined by a host of other European nations in fourth place with visa-free travel to 174 countries.