The United Arab Emirates has halted visa-free travel for Ukrainians visiting the Gulf state.
Less than a week after the Russian invasion caused a large-scale migration of Ukrainian refugees from the conflict zone.
The reciprocal elimination of visa requirements was temporarily halted on March 1 by the Ukrainian embassy in Abu Dhabi.
According to a message on its official Facebook page.
The news was later confirmed by an embassy official.
However, it has no impact on Ukrainians living in the UAE.
According to another official, the suspension of UAE’s visa-free policy is standard procedure in such “unexpected crises.”
Ukrainian tourists stranded in the Gulf state and unable to return home are receiving free lodging and meals,
UAE joined India and China in voting against a UN Security Council resolution denouncing Russia’s conduct last week.
Despite Washington’s requests.
The UAE’s neutrality includes a desire to maintain energy and geopolitical cooperation with Moscow.
The oil-rich Gulf state attracts a large number of migrant workers and wealthy tax exiles.
Especially from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Boasting 90% of the foreign population.
Both Ukrainian and Russian visitors went to the United Arab Emirates.
However, bankers and entrepreneurs are now anticipating an influx of Ukrainians fleeing the conflict.
While the Russians are looking to avoid sanctions and economic instability at home.
According to those briefed on the conversations, wealthy Ukrainians have already begun calling business associates in Dubai, demanding assistance in getting a home.
Officials from the Emirati government have stated that the country will adhere to international standards and will avoid persons and businesses who have been sanctioned.
Abu Dhabi has been working hard to improve financial compliance in order to avoid being added to the Financial Action Task Force’s grey list of jurisdictions.
Where the actions to combat money laundering and terrorism financing are being closely monitored.
In recent years, the Gulf state has worked increasingly closely with Russia on energy and geopolitical problems.