Guyana eases visa restrictions for UAE passport holders

The UAE passport has visa-free access to a growing number of countries



UAE citizens are now able to visit the South American country of Guyana without obtaining a visa in advance.

The UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said the change applied to holders of diplomatic, private and regulator passports, who will be granted a visa on arrival at airports.

The move is intended to boost bilateral ties, trade and tourism between the two countries.

Guyana is located on the northeast coast of South America and borders Venezuela in the west, Suriname in the east and Brazil to the south.

The agreement follows similar deals announced this year with countries including Tonga, China, Ireland, Paraguay and Guinea.

Read: UAE passport holders granted visa on arrival entry to Tonga

The emirates climbed 11 places to 27th on citizenship firm Henley & Partners’ 2018 passport ranking with visa-free travel to more than 134 countries.

Read: Revealed: World’s top 10 best and worst passports for travel in 2018

A recent update to the ranking showed the country had moved to 23rd after jumping four places in two months, with visa-free access to 154 destinations.

The ministry has a target of making the UAE passport among the five best globally for international travel by 2021.