UAE suspends visa free agreement with Israel until July owing to covid-19

The United Arab Emirates has put on hold the visa free agreement with Israel until July 1 in a move to curb Covid-19 contaminations, Zawya reports.

The Gulf country’s foreign and international cooperation ministries have updated the travel requirements for Emiratis to Israel on their website and removed Israel from the ‘visa not required’ category.

Israel also indicated its citizens traveling to the Arab country will need to obtain a visa due to the suspension.

The move comes amid a spike in the number of cases in Israel already in its third lockdown with possibility of extension beyond January 21.

Israel, Times of Israel reports, has passed 10,000 daily cases for the first time since the pandemic began. It has registered 562,167 cases so far and 4,049 deaths. Both countries signed visa-free agreement last week with implementation set to start 30 days from the signing. The two countries established diplomatic relations in September last year.

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