According to a statement made by a minister from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), consisting of six nations, is now considering the implementation of a unified visa system(Single Visa). This proposed system would enable residents of member states to freely travel between these nations.
According to a statement made on Single Visa GCC travel by Abdulla Bin Touq Al Marri, the Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as reported by Bloomberg, the implementation of the regime could occur in the near future.
At present, the privilege of visa-free travel to the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is exclusively extended to individuals who hold citizenship in GCC countries, namely the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar.
Certain nations are granted the benefit of visa-free entry or visa-upon-arrival arrangements. Foreign individuals living in these nations are obligated to apply for a visa in order to visit any of the constituent states.
During the Future Hospitality Summit held in Abu Dhabi, Al Marri delivered a speech on Tuesday regarding the pan-GCC single visa. of the preceding year, the Minister of Tourism of Bahrain disclosed intentions to establish a visitor visa system across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, akin to the Schengen visa model.
During the Arabian Travel Market, Fatima Al Sairafi reported that there are ongoing ministerial-level discussions aimed at the implementation of a unified visa system. The speaker expressed that the implementation of the system would occur in the near future.
During the panel discussion, a representative from the UAE Ministry of Economy expressed that the implementation of this system will facilitate unrestricted travel for visitors, enabling them to visit different countries under a unified package.