UAE and South Korea go for visa-free travel

UAE nationals planning to travel to South Korea and the nationals of South Korea looking ahead to visit UAE now onwards do not require a visa. The joint decision was taken after a pact was signed between the representatives of the two nations.

During the United Nations General Assembly meeting at New York, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, UAE and South Korean foreign minister Yun Byung-se signed the agreement.

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The Emiratis and Koreans can now enter each other’s countries without requiring a visa permit and stay for a period of 3 months.

This joint decision was taken considering the rapid increase in the number of the Koreans migrating to the UAE in the last 5 years. The number has of South Korean migrants in UAE has reached to 13000.

Park Kang-ho, the country’ ambassador to the UAE, stated, “The Republic of Korea regards the UAE as one of the closest partners politically and internationally.  For example, Seoul appreciates the UAE’s active participation in the international community’s efforts on urging Pyongyang’s [North Korea’s] nuclear renunciation and prevention of provocation. [South Korea] and the UAE extend their relationship in the international sphere, such as development, climate change, human rights and counter-terrorism, to name a few.”

Every year nearly 70000 Koreans visit South Korea and about 10000 Emiratis fly to the UAE. Approximately 3000 Emiratis visited Seoul last year for medical treatment whereas 7 South Korean hospitals are established in the UAE.

This move is being considered to be a milestone in strengthening the strategic alliance between the two nations. Both the nations are expected to benefit from the step.

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