With the recent news that travelers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will no longer need to apply for the Schengen Visa to travel to Europe, travel to Europe for citizens from the UAE will be much easier.
The restriction will be lifted once a joint team meets to execute the new resolution, and hopefully this will be implemented as soon as possible. There were also talks recently where Kuwait were pushing for the exemption for their citizens – but no decision has been made there yet.
We also learned just this week that the EU commission has approved a whole range of changes to make Schengen Visa Travel easier for everyone with alterations to the actual visa process. This includes changes such as the requirement of supporting documentation, introduction of multi-entry visas and removal of the fee for those under 18 years old. It is not clear when any of these restrictions and changes will be implemented, but it should make travel to the Schengen Countries easier for many.
At the moment the current regulations still apply, and so if you are planning to travel to any of the Schengen countries for up to 90 days you will need to apply for a Schengen Visa before you travel. To learn more about the process of applying for a visa, please visit our website here, where you can find out what countries it impacts and what documentation your need.
The Schengen Visa also has very specific insurance requirements, making sure you are covered when you travel through the countries. If you need assistance in purchasing or finding the right plan for your visa, please let us know.
Hopefully when these new changes come into play, travel to Schengen Countries will be much easier and more streamlined!