As you may know, having an Emirati passport allows its holders visa-free entry to 140 countries around the world. The 140 countries to which UAE nationals are allowed visa-free access now include Russia and Brazil.
Previously – at the beginning of this year – both Russia and Brazil had granted UAE nationals holding a diplomatic, official, special or service passport an exemption from any visa requirements to enter them. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of UAE, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, was the one who signed the waiver of the visa.
On Tuesday of March 13, 2018, during an official meeting in Abu Dhabi, an assistant undersecretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates stated that Emirati nationals holding ordinary passports will also be granted visa-free entry to both Russia and Brazil – but that is only until the month of August. Well, they can enjoy it while it lasts.
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— فرسان الإمارات (@Forsan_UAE) March 13, 2018
The visa exemption is mutual between both countries, which means that Brazilians could also enter UAE without any visa requirements. The Emirati Embassy in Brazil thanked the senate in Brazil for the mutual visa waiver, via an online statement.
The assistant undersecretary added that they are working on visa exemptions for Emirati passport holders to even more countries. According to him, the goal is to make the UAE passport one of the top 5 passports among the world – noting that it is currently ranking in the 27th place on the global passports index.