As of 16th January 2018, UAE citizens can visit China without getting a pre-entry visa and stay for up to 30 days per visit. The change follows a decision by the Chinese government exempting Emiratis, holders of ordinary passports, from the requirement of the pre entry-visa.
The visa waiver comes on the backdrop of a Memorandum of Understanding that was recently signed by Ahmad Elham Al Dhaheri, Assistant Under-Secretary for Consular Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Ni Jian, Chinese Ambassador to the UAE.
The alteration by the Chinese Government reflects the importance of relations with the UAE and contributes to further strengthening bilateral relations. Admittedly, such decision will open new paths for growing tourism and trade between the states.
Ahmad Elham Al Dhaheri stated the following:
“China’s decision on exempting Emiratis from pre-entry visas is the fruition of UAE efforts and many encouraging factors that demonstrate the UAE’s stature and strong reputation on the global scale as well as its strong network of international relationships”.
About UAE-China diplomatic ties
The UAE and China established diplomatic relations in November 1984. The UAE opened its embassy in Beijing on March 19, 1987. It also opened consulates in Hong Kong on April 2000, Shanghai on 2006 July, and in Guangzhou on June 13, 2016. China opened its embassy in Abu Dhabi in April 1985 and its consulate in Dubai in November 1988.