UAE suspends visa-free entry deal with Israel
DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has temporarily suspended the visa-free entry agreement with Israel until July 1, 2021.
The foreign ministry of the UAE said that the restriction on visa-free arrival of Israeli citizens was imposed viewing the rising numbers of coronavirus cases.
“The situation will be monitored until July 1, then the decision to continue with the suspension or not would be reviewed,” said the ministry.
A historic peace deal was signed between the two countries on Aug 13, 2020. Following the agreement, it was said in a notification that the historic diplomatic development would promote peace in the Middle East.
“This is the door which would lead to new opportunities which eventually will open a big potential in the region,” read the notification.
Under the deal, the citizens of the UAE and Israel could travel to each other’s countries for 90 days without a visa.