In a significant development, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bosnia and Herzegovina have signed an agreement allowing visa exemptions for citizens of both countries. The agreement’s primary goal is to promote travel, trade, and cultural exchanges, with the anticipation of boosting economic ties and tourism. Under this agreement, citizens from both nations can enjoy visa-free travel for tourism, business, and short-term visits.
The formal signing of the memorandum of understanding took place with the participation of key officials. Reem Al Hashimy, the UAE’s Minister of State for International Co-operation, and Elmedin Konakovic, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, inked the agreement, marking a crucial step in facilitating bilateral relations.
It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first step taken in this direction. The UAE had previously waived visa requirements for citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina back in April. This decision was a result of successful discussions held between Elmedin Konakovic and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, emphasizing the commitment to closer ties.
Since 2015, citizens of the UAE have enjoyed visa-free access to Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the only requirement being a passport valid for at least six months beyond their intended stay. This gesture has enhanced the ease of travel between the two nations and encouraged stronger people-to-people connections.
The UAE passport is renowned for its global travel strength, providing visa-free access to 179 countries. With this new agreement in place, UAE citizens now have the opportunity to explore the diverse landscapes and cultural experiences that Bosnia and Herzegovina has to offer. This collaboration is expected to further enhance the already strong bond between these two countries.