UAE Suspends visa-free Travel Agreement with Israel

  • UAE Suspends visa-free Travel Agreement with Israel

UAE Suspends visa-free Travel Agreement with Israel

Israel's Foreign Ministry says the United Arab Emirates has chose to suspend visa exemptions for Israelis amid surging numbers of coronavirus cases.

But the Israeli ministry said in a statement that its UAE counterpart had "suspended" the waiver agreement until July 1 "given efforts to arrest the spread of the coronavirus".

The Israeli Foreign Ministry said that the UAE has implemented similar moves to restrict arrivals from other countries as well, including India, Pakistan, and some other European nations.

Israel is in its third lockdown and discussing the possibility of extending it beyond January 21 as the number of new cases remains high.

Israel and the UAE have reached an agreement for the mutual exemption of visas for both countries' citizens within the framework of their agreement to normalize relations.

Israel and the UAE signed a US-sponsored deal on September 15 past year to normalize their relations, a move that was followed by Bahrain and Sudan and recently Morocco.

The announcement of the suspension comes a day after the Israeli cabinet voted to demand that all people returning from the UAE and Brazil quarantine in government-run hotels. A similar decision made previously regarding travelers returning from South Africa and Zambia was extended for 10 days.