Arab Nations Launch New Visa That Works in 6 Countries

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has announced the launch of a unified tourist visa program, aptly named “GCC Grand Tours.”

This innovative initiative is designed to simplify travel across the six GCC countries: the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, and Kuwait.

About GCC Grand Tours Visa

The GCC Grand Tours visa will serve as a multi-entry visa, granting visitors seamless access to all six GCC countries. This eliminates the need for multiple visa applications, streamlining the entire travel process. Moreover, the visa is reported to offer a validity period exceeding 30 days, providing ample time for exploring the diverse offerings of the region.


This initiative offers numerous advantages for tourists:

  • Convenience: The single visa eliminates the inconvenience of applying for separate visas for each country.
  • Affordability: Streamlined travel can potentially lead to cost savings on visa fees.
  • Flexibility: The extended validity period allows for a more relaxed and comprehensive exploration of the region.
  • Destination Hopping: Tourists can effortlessly travel between the GCC countries, immersing themselves in their unique cultures, landscapes, and attractions.

Impact on the Tourism

The GCC Grand Tours visa is expected to significantly boost the region’s tourism industry:

  • Increased Tourist Numbers: Easier travel is likely to attract more visitors to the GCC.
  • Longer Stays: The extended visa validity encourages longer stays, benefiting hotels and local businesses.
  • Regional Collaboration: The initiative fosters collaboration between GCC countries, promoting the region as a unified tourist destination.


While an official launch date has not been announced, GCC officials express confidence that the system will be operational by the end of 2024. Currently, efforts are focused on finalizing the program while ensuring security and technical considerations are addressed.

GCC Tourism

The introduction of the GCC Grand Tours visa marks a significant advancement for tourism in the region. By simplifying travel and fostering collaboration, this initiative aims to position the GCC as a premier destination for regional and international travelers alike.


  • The visa primarily benefits expatriates residing in the GCC, as GCC citizens already enjoy visa-free travel within the region.
  • GCC countries are collaborating with tourism operators to develop package tours encompassing the entire region.
  • Investments in infrastructure, such as airports, cruise terminals, and the upcoming GCC Railway, will further enhance accessibility within the region.

As the GCC Grand Tours visa prepares to usher in a new era of regional travel, stakeholders are optimistic about its transformative impact on tourism economies. With streamlined processes and renewed collaboration, the Gulf is poised to emerge as a vibrant cultural hub and economic powerhouse on the global tourism stage.

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