From the government of Canada website:
As of 5:30 a.m. Eastern Time (ET), on June 5, 2018, Canada has lifted the visa requirement for nationals of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Nationals from the UAE now require an electronic travel authorization (eTA) to travel to or transit through Canada by air…
Citizens of the UAE can apply online for an eTA.
UAE citizens continue to have access to e-Apps and visa application centres (VACs) to submit study or work permit applications. Applications for a travel document (permanent resident abroad) can also be submitted to the nearest VAC…
For more information on this decision and its implications (and to see the original post), click here.
The following is an excerpt from a press release originally posted by Markets Insider on May 28th, 2018 (in anticipation of the Visa lift). To view the original release, click here.
“OTTAWA, May 28, 2018 /CNW/ – Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, announced today during a meeting with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, that the Government is lifting the visa requirement for UAE citizens on June 5, 2018.
This decision is based on a comprehensive and rigorous evaluation of the UAE against Canada’s visa policy criteria. The evaluation found that the UAE meets Canada’s criteria for a visa exemption…”
“The United Arab Emirates is a key strategic partner and lifting the visa requirement will help reaffirm the strong relationship between our two countries. It will also promote increased tourism, cultural, academic and study exchanges, as well as foster new business, trade, and investment opportunities.”
– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
To read the rest of the press release, click here.