In 2018, the Henley Passport Index ranked the UAE passport as the 23rd most powerful in the world, partly because of the large number of countries who offer visa-exempt entry to UAE passport holders. Now that number is only set to increase, as the UAE has signed a mutual visa waiver agreement with Peru which will allow visa-exempt travel between citizens of the two countries.
The visa waiver agreement between Peru and the UAE was signed on Sunday May 5th, 2019, at the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lima. Yaqoub Yousuf Al Hosani, UAE assistant minister of international affairs, and Nestor Bolizio Bardales, minister of foreign affairs of Peru both signed the agreement. The announcement was made public soon afterwards.
In a tweet posted soon after the agreement was signed, the UAE Embassy in Lima expressed the view that the new mutual visa exemption will facilitate human mobility, boost tourism, and strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.
The agreement with Peru now brings the number of countries UAE citizens can visit visa-free up to to over 150. The exact amount of time Emirati citizens will be able to stay in Peru visa-free is yet to be announced.
To learn about the countries for which citizens of the UAE are required to get either a online entry visa or a visa on arrival, Emirati nationals are able to use onlinevisatravel’s visa checker tool to check visa requirements for all destinations.