Following our earlier advice, the situation has changed rapidly in the UAE.  From today (tonight NZ time), there will be a temporary suspension of visas with the only exception being diplomatic visas.  

Here are the details:

  • Visas on arrival are cancelled except for holders of diplomatic passports
  • Suspension of visa waiver countries entering the UAE, except for diplomatic passports
  • Countries who were previously exempt from visa restrictions are no longer exempt (this includes New Zealand)
  • Those who have received UAE tourist visas but who have not yet entered the country will have their visa cancelled, and a refund arranged
  • This does not apply to transit passengers

Note: All citizens who could enter the UAE with the current decision would need to undertake 14 days of quarantine.

We will keep you posted on further developments.

Michelle Boag
Executive Advisor