Visa-free entry was granted to passport holders of the United Arab Emirates and Peru who wish to travel between the two nations.
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Yacoub Yousef Al Hosani, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Peru, Nestor Francisco Popolizio Bardales, signed a mutual agreement on visa exemptions for travels between UAE and Peru on Sunday, May 5, 2019.
This took place at the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters in the presence of senior officials of the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Acting Charge d’Affaires of the UAE Embassy located in Lima, Jassem Saif Al Shamsi. This pre-entry visa exemption covered all passport categories.
The UAE Embassy in Lima capital city tweeted that this would strengthen the bilateral relations of the two countries involved.
In order to boost and intensify the countries’ tourism, the mutual agreement aimed at increasing the mobility of people going in and out of UAE nations and Peru. Subsequently, this would strengthen investment, trade, and political relations.
This bold move was part of the developing relations binding Peru and the United Arab Emirates. Discussed in January this year, UAE and Peru agreed on the importance of starting mutual agreements. This is to merge the coordination and relations between these two nations.
Currently, there are about one hundred fifty-five countries that offered visa exemption to UAE nationals. The 2018 Henley Passport Index hailed the United Arab Emirates passport as the twenty-third most powerful in the world for all categories.
In the past 10 years, the UAE passport climbed up by thirty-eight places according to Henley and Partners. This is the biggest historical leap so far of any passports. This breakthrough happened when countries such as Argentina, Ukraine, China, New Zealand, and those in the European Schengen area lifted their visa restrictions for Emirati travelers.