A unified GCC visa in the EU’s Schengen-style for tourists and businesspeople from 35 Arab and foreign countries could soon become a reality and would therefore allow a person to visit the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman, according to a high-ranking Kuwaiti official.

Arab News reports that Samira Al-Gharib, Assistant Undersecretary for Tourism of Kuwait Ministry of Trade, said that the GCC Interior Ministries are considering introducing a “unified tourism visa” once the system is finalised and this is particularly aimed at the “frequent visitors to the GCC” by the adoption of measures and all required steps so as to facilitating travel to, from and in between all GCC states.

With a number of hurdles to overcome before this becomes a reality, she added that the new visa would not be introduced before end of next year.  It could nevertheless coincide with completion of most of the oncoming infrastructural development that is currently being developed.

The new visa is one of few recommendations put forward to promote regional tourism by the GCC.