Visa requirements for Emirati citizens are administrative entry restrictions by the authorities of other states placed on citizens of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
As of 6 July 2021,[update] Emirati citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 175 countries and territories (equal to, say, with the passport of Monaco), ranking the Emirati passport 15th in terms of travel freedom according to the Henley Passport Index. All other passports from the 'Arab world' had a lower ranking in this respect as of 1 December 2018[update].
The Emirati passport is one of five passports with the greatest ranking improvement in the 2006-2016 time period. The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation plans to make the UAE passport one of the five strongest passports in the world by 2021.
Emirati citizens do not need a visa to enter other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and also have the right to work in those countries. Similarly, citizens of other GCC states do not need a visa to enter the UAE. GCC citizens can use a GCC national identity card (rather than a passport) to enter the UAE.
Visa requirements for Emirati citizens were lifted by New Zealand (in July 1999), Brunei (11 October 2003), Kyrgyzstan (July 2012), Kazakhstan (July 2014), the Schengen Area countries (7 May 2015), Belarus (30 April 2016), Moldova (24 March 2017), São Tomé and Príncipe (25 April 2017), Argentina (16 May 2017), Chad and Saint Lucia in October 2017, Nauru (19 November 2017), Solomon Islands (19 November 2017), Chile (16 December 2017), Rwanda (30 December 2017), Ukraine (31 December 2017), China (16 January 2018), Burkina Faso (30 January 2018), Ireland (31 January 2018), Uruguay (5 April 2018), Tonga (24 May 2018), Honduras (25 May 2018), Brazil (2 June 2018), Canada (5 June 2018), Barbados (1 July 2018), Mexico (31 October 2018), Russia (17 February 2019), Uzbekistan (20 March 2019) South Africa (15 August 2019), Paraguay (16 August 2019), Central African Republic (8 October 2019), Kiribati (23 October 2019), Israel (22 October 2020), and Peru (8 November 2020).
The first possibility of electronic visas for Emirati citizens began with the United Kingdom's electronic visa waiver (EVW) program that commenced on 1 January 2014, followed by India in November 2014, Lesotho on 1 May 2017, Benin on 1 January 2018, Uzbekistan on 15 July 2018, Tanzania on 26 November 2018, and Pakistan on 14 March 2019.
Visas on arrival for UAE citizens were introduced by Gabon in October 2017, Guinea on 19 April 2018, Guyana on 28 May 2018, Mongolia on 15 May 2019 and Equatorial Guinea on 28 July 2019.
|Country||Visa requirement||Allowed stay||Notes (excluding departure fees)|
|Albania||Visa not required||90 days|
|Andorra||Visa not required|
|Antigua and Barbuda||Visa not required||30 days|
|Argentina||Visa not required||90 days|
|Armenia||Visa not required||180 days|
|Austria||Visa not required||90 days||
|Azerbaijan||eVisa / Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Bahamas||Visa not required||3 months|
|Bahrain||Visa not required||
|Bangladesh||Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Barbados||Visa not required||90 days|
|Belarus||Visa not required||30 days|
|Belgium||Visa not required||90 days||
|Bolivia||Visa on arrival||90 days|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Visa not required||90 days||
|Botswana||Visa not required||90 days|
|Brazil||Visa not required||90 days||
|Brunei||Visa not required||30 days|
|Bulgaria||Visa not required||90 days||
|Burkina Faso||Visa not required||30 days|
|Cambodia||eVisa / Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Canada||Visa not required||6 months|
|Cape Verde||Visa on arrival||3 months||
|Central African Republic||Visa on arrival||90 days|
|Chad||Visa not required||90 days|
|Chile||Visa not required ||90 days|
|China||Visa not required||30 days|
|Colombia||Visa not required||180 days||
|Comoros||Visa on arrival||45 days|
|Republic of the Congo||Visa on arrival||
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||Visa on arrival||
|Costa Rica||Visa not required||90 days|
|Côte d'Ivoire||eVisa||3 months|
|Croatia||Visa not required||90 days||
|Cuba||Visa not required||90 days|
|Cyprus||Visa not required||90 days||
|Czech Republic||Visa not required||90 days||
|Denmark||Visa not required||90 days||
|Dominica||Visa not required||21 days|
|Dominican Republic||Visa not required||90 days|
|Ecuador||Visa not required||90 days|
|Egypt||Visa not required||90 days|
|El Salvador||Visa not required||90 days|
|Equatorial Guinea||Visa on arrival||90 days|
|Estonia||Visa not required||90 days||
|Eswatini||Visa not required||30 days|
|Ethiopia||eVisa / Visa on arrival||up to 90 days||
|Fiji||Visa not required||4 months|
|Finland||Visa not required||90 days||
|France||Visa not required||90 days||
|Gabon||eVisa / Visa on arrival|
|Gambia||Visa not required||90 days|
|Georgia||Visa not required||360 days|
|Germany||Visa not required||90 days||
|Greece||Visa not required||90 days||
|Grenada||Visa not required||3 months||
|Guatemala||Visa not required||90 days|
|Guinea-Bissau||eVisa / Visa on arrival||90 days|
|Guyana||Visa on arrival|
|Haiti||Visa not required||3 months|
|Honduras||Visa not required||90 days||
|Hungary||Visa not required||90 days||
|Iceland||Visa not required||90 days||
|India||eVisa / Visa on arrival||60 days||
|Indonesia||Visa not required||30 days||
|Iraq||Visa on arrival||
|Ireland||Visa not required||90 days|
|Israel||Visa not required||90 days|
|Italy||Visa not required||90 days||
|Jamaica||Visa required||Visa on Arrival agreement was signed on 23 September 2019 and is yet to be ratified.|
|Japan||Visa not required||30 days||
|Jordan||Visa not required||3 months|
|Kazakhstan||Visa not required||30 days|
|Kenya||eVisa / Visa on arrival||3 months|
|Kiribati||Visa required||30 days|
|North Korea||Visa required|
|South Korea||Visa not required||30 days|
|Kuwait||Visa not required||
|Kyrgyzstan||Visa not required||60 days|
|Laos||eVisa / Visa on arrival||30 days||
|Latvia||Visa not required||90 days||
|Lebanon||Visa not required||6 months|
|Liberia||Visa on arrival||
|Liechtenstein||Visa not required||90 days||
|Lithuania||Visa not required||90 days||
|Luxembourg||Visa not required||90 days||
|Madagascar||eVisa / Visa on arrival||90 days|
|Malawi||eVisa / Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Malaysia||Visa not required||3 months|
|Maldives||Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Mali||Visa not required||90 days|
|Malta||Visa not required||90 days||
|Marshall Islands||Visa on arrival||90 days|
|Mauritania||Visa on arrival||
|Mauritius||Visa not required||90 days|
|Mexico||Visa not required||180 days|
|Micronesia||Visa not required||30 days|
|Moldova||Visa not required||90 days||
|Monaco||Visa not required|
|Mongolia||eVisa / Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Montenegro||Visa not required||90 days|
|Morocco||Visa not required||3 months|
|Mozambique||Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Namibia||Visa on arrival||3 months||
|Nauru||Visa not required||90 days|
|Nepal||Visa on arrival||90 days|
|Netherlands||Visa not required||90 days||
|New Zealand||Electronic Travel Authority||3 months||
|Nicaragua||Visa not required||90 days||Tourist Card On-Arrival|
|Niger||Visa on arrival||
|North Macedonia||Visa not required||90 days|
|Norway||Visa not required||90 days||
|Oman||Visa not required||
|Pakistan||eVisa / Visa on arrival|
|Palau||Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Panama||Visa not required||180 days|
|Papua New Guinea||Visa required|
|Paraguay||Visa not required||90 days|
|Peru||Visa not required||90 days||90 days within any 180 day period|
|Philippines||Visa not required||30 days|
|Poland||Visa not required||90 days||
|Portugal||Visa not required||90 days||
|Qatar||Visa not required||
|Romania||Visa not required||90 days||
|Russia||Visa not required||90 days||
|Rwanda||eVisa / Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||Visa not required||3 months|
|Saint Lucia||Visa not required||60 days|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||Visa not required||90 days||
|Samoa||Entry Permit on arrival||60 days|
|San Marino||Visa not required|
|São Tomé and Príncipe||Visa not required||15 days|
|Saudi Arabia||Visa not required||
|Senegal||Visa on arrival||90 days|
|Serbia||Visa not required||90 days|
|Seychelles||Visa not required||3 months|
|Sierra Leone||Visa on arrival|
|Singapore||Visa not required||30 days|
|Slovakia||Visa not required||90 days||
|Slovenia||Visa not required||90 days||
|Solomon Islands||Visa not required||90 days|
|Somalia||Visa on arrival|
|South Africa||Visa not required||90 Days|
|South Sudan||Visa not required|
|Spain||Visa not required||90 days||
|Sri Lanka||eVisa / Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Sudan||Visa not required||3 months|
|Suriname||E-tourist card||90 days||
|Sweden||Visa not required||90 days||
|Switzerland||Visa not required||90 days||
|Tanzania||eVisa / Visa on arrival||3 months|
|Thailand||Visa not required||30 days||
|Timor-Leste||Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Togo||Visa on arrival||7 days|
|Tonga||Visa not required||60 days|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Visa required||
|Tunisia||Visa not required||90 days|
|Tuvalu||Visa on arrival||1 month|
|Uganda||eVisa / Visa on arrival||3 months||
|Ukraine||Visa not required||90 days|
|United Kingdom||Electronic Visa Waiver||6 months|
|United States||Visa required|
|Uruguay||Visa not required||3 months|
|Uzbekistan||Visa not required||30 days|
|Vanuatu||Visa not required||90 days|
|Vatican City||Visa not required|
|Yemen||Visa on arrival||3 months|
|Zambia||eVisa / Visa on arrival||90 days||
|Zimbabwe||eVisa / Visa on arrival||90 days||
|Visitor to||Conditions of access||Notes|
|Artsakh||Visa required||As of August 2016, due to political situation, Emirati government bans its citizens from visiting Artsakh.|
|Kosovo||Visa not required|
|Northern Cyprus||Visa not required|
|Palestine||Visa not required||Arrival by sea to Gaza Strip not allowed.|
|Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic||Undefined visa regime in the Western Sahara controlled territory.|
|Somaliland||Visa on arrival||30 days for 30 US dollars, payable on arrival.|
|South Ossetia||Visa not required||Multiple entry visa to Russia and three day prior notification are required to enter South Ossetia.|
|Transnistria||Visa not required||Registration required after 24h.|
|Territory||Conditions of access||Notes|
|Hong Kong||Visa not required||30 days|
|Macau||Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Faroe Islands||Visa not required|
|Greenland||Visa not required|
|Clipperton Island||Special permit required|
|French Guiana||Visa not required||90 days within any 180 day period|
|French Polynesia||Visa not required||90 days within any 180 day period|
|French West Indies|
|Guadeloupe||Visa not required||90 days within any 180 day period|
|Martinique||Visa not required||90 days within any 180 day period|
|Saint Barthélemy||Visa required|
|Saint Martin||Visa required|
|Mayotte||Visa not required||90 days within any 180 day period|
|New Caledonia||Visa not required||90 days within any 180 day period|
|Réunion||Visa not required||90 days within any 180 day period|
|Saint Pierre and Miquelon||Visa not required||90 days within any 180 day period|
|Wallis and Futuna||Visa not required||90 days within any 180 day period|
|Aruba||Visa not required||90 days|
|Bonaire||Visa not required||90 days|
|Sint Eustatius||90 days|
|Curaçao||Visa not required||90 days|
|Sint Maarten||Visa not required||90 days|
|Cook Islands||Visa not required||31 days|
|Niue||Visa not required||30 days|
|Jan Mayen||Permit required||Permit issued by the local police required for staying for less than 24 hours and permit issued by the Norwegian police for staying for more than 24 hours.|
|Svalbard||Visa not required||Unlimited period under Svalbard Treaty.|
|Akrotiri and Dhekelia||Visa required|
|Anguilla||Visa required||Holders of a valid visa issued by the United Kingdom do not require a visa.|
|Bermuda||Visa required||Visa free for a maximum stay of 3 months if arriving from or transiting through the United Kingdom.|
|British Indian Ocean Territory||Special permit required||Special permit required.|
|British Virgin Islands||Visa required|
|Cayman Islands||Visa required|
|Falkland Islands||Visa required|
|Pitcairn Islands||Visa not required||14 days visa free and landing fee US$35 or tax of US$5 if not going ashore.|
|Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha|
|Tristan da Cunha||Permission required||Permission to land required for 15/30 pounds sterling (yacht/ship passenger) for Tristan da Cunha Island or 20 pounds sterling for Gough Island, Inaccessible Island or Nightingale Islands.|
|South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands||Permit required||Pre-arrival permit from the Commissioner required (72 hours/1 month for 110/160 pounds sterling).|
|Turks and Caicos Islands||Visa not required||90 days.|
|American Samoa||Visa required|
|Northern Mariana Islands||Visa required|
|Puerto Rico||Visa required|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||Visa required|
|Antarctica and adjacent islands|
|Special permits required for Bouvet Island, British Antarctic Territory, French Southern and Antarctic Lands, Argentine Antarctica, Australian Antarctic Territory, Chilean Antarctic Territory, Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Peter I Island, Queen Maud Land, Ross Dependency.|
Many countries have entry restrictions on foreigners that go beyond the common requirement of having either a valid visa or a visa exemption. Such restrictions may be health related or impose additional documentation requirements on certain classes of people for diplomatic or political purposes.
Many countries require a minimum number of blank pages to be available in the passport being presented, typically one or two pages. Endorsement pages, which often appear after the visa pages, are not counted as being available.
Many African countries, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Niger, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Togo, require all incoming passengers older than nine months to one year to have a current International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis, as does the South American territory of French Guiana.
Some other countries require vaccination only if the passenger is coming from an infected area or has visited one recently or has transited for 12 hours in those countries: Algeria, Botswana, Cabo Verde, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Lesotho, Libya, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tunisia, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
An increasing number of countries have been imposing additional COVID-19 related health restrictions such as quarantine measures and testing requirements. Many countries increasingly consider the vaccination status of travellers with regard to quarantine requirements or when deciding to allow them entry at all. This is justified by research that shows that the Pfizer vaccine effect lasts for six months or so.
In the absence of specific bilateral agreements, countries requiring passports to be valid for at least 6 more months on arrival include Afghanistan, Algeria, Anguilla, Bahrain, Bhutan, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Curaçao, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Laos, Madagascar, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Peru. Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu, Venezuela, and Vietnam.
Countries requiring passports valid for at least 4 months on arrival include Micronesia and Zambia.
Countries requiring passports with a validity of at least 3 months beyond the date of intended departure include Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Nauru, Moldova and New Zealand. Similarly, the EEA countries of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, all European Union countries (except the Republic of Ireland) together with Switzerland also require 3 months validity beyond the date of the bearer's intended departure unless the bearer is an EEA or Swiss national.
Countries requiring passports valid for at least 3 months on arrival include Albania, Honduras, North Macedonia, Panama, and Senegal.
Bermuda requires passports to be valid for at least 45 days upon entry.
Countries that require a passport validity of at least one month beyond the date of intended departure include Eritrea, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Macau, the Maldives and South Africa.
Other countries, such as Japan, Ireland and the United Kingdom, require a passport valid throughout the period of the intended stay.
A very few countries, such as Paraguay, just require a passport valid on arrival.
Some countries have bilateral agreements with other countries to shorten the period of passport validity required for each other's citizens or even accept passports that have already expired (but not been cancelled).
Some countries, including Australia, Canada, Fiji, New Zealand and the United States, routinely deny entry to non-citizens who have a criminal record while others impose restrictions depending on the type of conviction and the length of the sentence.
The government of a country can declare a diplomat persona non grata, banning their entry into that country. In non-diplomatic use, the authorities of a country may also declare a foreigner persona non grata permanently or temporarily, usually because of unlawful activity.
Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen do not allow entry to people with passport stamps from Israel or whose passports have either a used or an unused Israeli visa, or where there is evidence of previous travel to Israel such as entry or exit stamps from neighbouring border posts in transit countries such as Jordan and Egypt.
To circumvent this Arab League boycott of Israel, the Israeli immigration services have now mostly ceased to stamp foreign nationals' passports on either entry to or exit from Israel (unless the entry is for some work-related purposes). Since 15 January 2013, Israel no longer stamps foreign passports at Ben Gurion Airport. Passports are still (as of 22 June 2017[update]) stamped at Erez when passing into and out of Gaza.
The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage claims that having an Israeli stamp does not disqualify someone from visiting Saudi Arabia.
Iran refuses admission to holders of passports containing an Israeli visa or stamp that is less than 12 months old.
Due to a state of war existing between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Armenian citizens and other foreign nationals of Armenian descent are likely to encounter difficulties when attempting to enter the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan bans visits by foreign citizens to the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh (the de facto independent Republic of Artsakh), its surrounding territories, and the Azerbaijani exclaves of Karki, Yuxarı Əskipara, Barxudarlı, and Sofulu which are de jure part of Azerbaijan but under the control of Armenia, without the prior consent of the government of Azerbaijan. Foreign citizens who enter these territories will be permanently banned from entering the Republic of Azerbaijan and will be included in their "list of personae non gratae". As of 2 September 2019,[update] the list mentioned 852 people.
See also: Countries applying biometrics
Several countries mandate that all travellers, or all foreign travellers, be fingerprinted on arrival and will refuse admission to or even arrest travellers who refuse to comply. In some countries, such as the United States, this may apply even to transit passengers who merely wish to quickly change planes rather than go landside.
Fingerprinting countries include Afghanistan, Argentina, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Japan, Kenya (both fingerprints and a photo are taken), Malaysia upon entry and departure, Paraguay, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Uganda and the United States.
Many countries also require a photo be taken of people entering the country. The United States, which does not fully implement exit control formalities at its land frontiers (although long mandated by domestic legislation), intends to implement facial recognition for passengers departing from international airports to identify people who overstay their visa.
Together with fingerprint and face recognition, iris scanning is one of three biometric identification technologies internationally standardised since 2006 by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for use in e-passports and the United Arab Emirates conducts iris scanning on visitors who need to apply for a visa.
This graph shows the full Global Ranking of the 2021 Henley Passport Index. As the index uses dense ranking, in certain cases, a rank is shared by multiple countries because these countries all have the same level of visa-free or visa-on-arrival access.
The UAE has the most powerful Arab passport, according to an annual ranking by financial firm Arton Capital
The passport to watch? The United Arab Emirates, which currently sits in 23rd place but has climbed 38 spots since 2008, and gained visa-free access to eight countries in 2018 alone—China, Ireland, Burkina Faso, Uruguay, Guinea, Tonga, Benin, and Honduras.
Here’s are the rankings for all the Arab countries with their global ranking: 1. United Arab Emirates
Many tourists, people on working holidays, and some students and workers coming to New Zealand must pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) of NZD $35.
Australian citizens and permanent residents can visit, work and live in New Zealand. You do not need a visa before you travel to New Zealand.
African countries that requires (sic) Yellow Fever vaccination certificate: Countries that require vaccination for all travellers older that 9 months or 1 year: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameron, Central African Republic, Congo, Côte d’lvoire, DRC, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Niger, Togo.
African countries that requires Yellow Fever vaccination certificate: Countries that requires (sic) vaccination for travellers from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission or transit for 12 hours in those countries: Algeria, Botswana, Cabo Verde, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Lesotho, Libya, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tunisia, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Only travellers already vaccinated and those registered to receive COVID-19 shots in Palau will be allowed to take part in the travel bubble with Taiwan, the Pacific island nation announced Tuesday (Aug. 17).
He said scientists had become “terribly worried” about the variant’s ability to evade immunity from previous infection or vaccination. “Studies like this confirm our sense that the vaccine gives such massive protective headroom that even with some loss of immunity, you’re still safe,” he said.
15. How long does my passport need to be valid in order to enter Japan? Japan does not have any regulations relating to passport validity, so long as your passport will be valid until after you leave Japan.
You’re not from an EEA country: you must have a valid passport to enter the UK. It should be valid for the whole of your stay.
Countries whose citizens are allowed to enter Turkey with their expired passports: 1. Germany – Passports expired within the last year / ID’s expired within the last year, 2. Belgium - Passports expired within the last 5 years, 3. France - Passports expired within the last 5 years, 4. Spain - Passports expired within the last 5 years, 5. Switzerland - Passports expired within the last 5 years, 6. Luxemburg - Passports expired within the last 5 years, 7. Portugal - Passports expired within the last 5 years, 8. Bulgaria – Valid ordinary passport
Significant human rights issues included: unlawful or arbitrary killing; torture; arbitrary detention; harsh and sometimes life-threatening prison conditions; political prisoners; arbitrary interference with privacy; politically motivated reprisal against individuals outside the country; pervasive problems with the independence of the judiciary; heavy restrictions on free expression, the press, and the internet, including violence against journalists, the criminalization of libel and slander, harassment and incarceration of journalists on questionable charges, and blocking of websites; substantial interference with the rights of peaceful assembly and freedom of association; restrictions on freedom of movement; severe restrictions on political participation; systemic government corruption; police brutality against individuals based on sexual orientation; and existence of the worst forms of child labour. Significant human rights issues connected with the Nagorno-Karabakh armed conflict included unlawful killings, civilian casualties, and inhuman treatment. The government did not prosecute or punish the majority of officials who committed human rights abuses; impunity remained a problem.
there is a conflict-ridden domestic political discourse and Azerbaijan’s leadership, education system and media are very prolific in their denigration of Armenians. Political opponents are accused of having Armenian roots or of receiving funds from Armenian sources. An entire generation of Azerbaijanis has now grown up listening to constant rhetoric of Armenian aggression. According to a 2012 survey, 91% perceived Armenia as Azerbaijan’s greatest enemy. As a result, the Armenians living in the country need to hide their ethnic affiliation and there is no organisation of the Armenian minority in the country with which ECRI’s delegation could have met. The human rights activists Leyla and Arif Yunus, who worked inter alia towards reconciliation with Armenia, have been arrested and sentenced under controversial accusations to heavy prison terms.
Our goal is the complete elimination of Armenians. You, Nazis, already eliminated the Jews in the 1930s and 40s, right? You should be able to understand us.
Russia has formally complained to Azerbaijan about "ethnic discrimination" against Russian citizens of Armenian origin, saying that 25 Russians so far this year have been denied entry to Azerbaijan because they had Armenian names. #"Russian citizens arriving in Azerbaijan are truly discriminated against on ethnic grounds," the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on July 5. "We demand the cessation of this outrageous practice, inconsistent with the friendly relations between our two countries." Azerbaijan has long denied entry to citizens of all countries, not just Russians, whose names end in the standard Armenian surname suffixes -ian or -yan.
Diana Markosian, a freelance photographer for Bloomberg Markets magazine was denied entry to Azerbaijan last week by authorities who cited her ethnicity as a reason, international news reports said. On June 27, border guards at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku detained Markosian on arrival from the Latvian capital, Riga, then expelled her the next day, according to press reports and CPJ interviews. Markosian told CPJ that the border guards took her passport, saying that she had an Armenian last name and that they "needed to clarify something." Then they put her in the airport's transit zone where she spent 16 hours until she was put on a flight to Tbilisi, Georgia. Markosian holds both U.S. and Russian citizenship, she told CPJ. A government spokesman told the Baku-based news agency APA that Markosian was deported because authorities would be unable to provide her with "security" since she is an ethnic Armenian.
Travellers heading west from the UK to New Zealand may soon be able to avoid the onerous requirement to clear US border control during the refuelling stop at Los Angeles airport (LAX). Unlike almost every other country in the world, the US insists on a full immigration check even for passengers who simply intend to re-board their plane to continue onwards to a foreign destination. Air New Zealand, which flies daily from Heathrow via Los Angeles to Auckland, says there are currently “strict requirements for travellers” in transit at LAX. Through passengers to Auckland on flight NZ1 or Heathrow on NZ2 must apply in advance for an ESTA (online visa) even though they have no intention of staying in the US. They also have to undergo screening by the Transportation Security Administration.
Effective April 27, 2018, border control authorities at all of China’s ports of entry, including its airports, will start collecting the fingerprints of all foreign visitors aged between 14 and 70. Diplomatic passport holders and beneficiaries of reciprocal agreements are exempted..
Will visitors still have their digital photo and fingerprints taken at the immigration desk on arrival? Yes, the need to have photos and fingerprints taken upon arrival is to authenticate that the person who applied for the Visa is the same person at the port of entry
While a requirement for a biometric entry-exit system has been in law for over a decade, it is not yet a reality. Many reasons for the long gestating development have been documented in BPC’s 2014 report Entry-Exit System: Progress, Challenges, and Outlook, including the technological, operational, and cost challenges of creating exit systems and infrastructure where none exist today. However, many critics, especially in Congress, simply accused the Department of Homeland security of dragging its feet... the major operational, logistical, and technical challenge in implementing exit capability at our ports has been the land borders. Unlike airports and seaports, the land border environment is not physically controlled, there is no means to get advance information on who is arriving, and the sheer volume of travel—both vehicular and pedestrian—creates challenges in any system to not further exacerbate delays. While biometric exit for land vehicular traffic is still in the “what if” stage, CBP is moving ahead and piloting systems and technology to use with the large population of pedestrian crossers at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Long demanded by lawmakers in Congress, it is considered a critical step to developing a coherent program to curb illegal immigration, as historically about 30 percent to 40 percent of illegal immigrants in the United States arrived on tourist visas or other legal means and then never left, according to estimates by Homeland Security officials.
Efforts to determine whether visitors actually leave have faltered. Departure monitoring would help officials hunt for foreigners who have not left, if necessary. Domestic security officials say, however, it would be too expensive to conduct fingerprint or facial recognition scans for land departures.
The breach of privacy is probably the biggest threat to the biometric technique of iris recognition. Secondly, a device error can false reject or false accept the identity which can also have some heinous consequences. Lastly, the method isn’t the most cost-effective one. It is complex and therefore expensive. Furthermore, the maintenance of devices and data can also be relatively burdensome. However, thanks to the oil money and spending ability of Dubai, they are economically equipped to effectively embrace this system.