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Visa-Free Entry or Visa on Arrival for Indian and Pakistani Nationals in 2024

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Visa Options Expand for Indian and Pakistani Travelers

In 2024, Indian and Pakistani passport holders have access to an expanded list of countries offering visa-free entry or visa-on-arrival. This development comes as a significant boost for travelers from these nations.

Indian Passport Holders:

The Indian passport, ranked 80th in 2024, allows visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to several countries across various continents:

  • Africa: Angola, Burundi, Cape Verde Islands, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Zimbabwe.
  • Asia: Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Laos, Macao (SAR China), Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste.
  • Americas: Bolivia, El Salvador.
  • Caribbean: Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Oceania: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Niue, Palau Islands, Samoa, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.
  • Middle East: Jordan, Oman, Qatar.

Pakistani Passport Holders:

The Pakistani passport, ranked 101st globally, also offers visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to a number of destinations:

  • Africa: Burundi, Cape Verde Islands, Comoros, Djibouti, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Togo.
  • Asia: Cambodia, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste.
  • Caribbean: Barbados, Cook Islands, Dominica.

Additional Insights for Indian Nationals

Indian nationals holding a normal passport valid for a minimum of six months can obtain a visa on arrival in certain circumstances. This is applicable for those holding a visit visa or green card issued by the USA, or a UK or EU residence ID, all valid for a minimum of six months. They can stay for a maximum of 14 days, extendable for an additional 14 days through Amer offices in Dubai​​.

Recent Developments for Pakistani Expats in UAE

Pakistani expats in the UAE can now obtain a power of attorney online through the Nadra website, simplifying legal procedures without needing to visit Pakistan’s embassy. This service is part of a broader initiative to facilitate over 8 million Pakistanis living abroad​​.

Simplified Passport Replacement for UAE Citizens

UAE citizens can replace lost or damaged passports easily through a four-step process, either via digital channels or customer happiness centers. Requirements vary based on the nature of the replacement (lost, damaged, etc.)​​.

New UAE Labour Laws

The UAE implemented new labor laws in 2022, focusing on different work categories and providing more employee protection. These laws aim to create a more flexible and competitive work environment, responding to changes in the global workplace​​.

UAE’s New Trading License

The UAE’s Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ) introduced a Dual Licence structure, allowing investors to operate in both free zone and mainland jurisdictions. This initiative aims to enhance the ease of doing business and attract global investors.

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