Presently, citizens of the United Arab Emirates traveling to the Schengen Area don’t have to get a Schengen or any other kind of visa before entering the Schengen member nations. However, by late 2022, nationals of the UAE who wish to enter the European Union will have to get the ETIAS visa waiver to get access to the Schengen member nations. The new visa waiver known as ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) will be implemented by the end of 2022 and United Arab Emirates citizens will have to obtain an ETIAS to enter Europe. In addition to UAE, the nationals of 59 other nations who have agreements with the European Union will also have to get the ETIAS travel authorization before moving to Europe.

ETIAS for Emiratis

ETIAS travel authorization program has been created for all the nations who are eligible for ETIAS including the UAE. Currently, the visa waiver is under development and will be fully implemented by the end of 2022. When fully in force, ETIAS will offer a unified screening and entrance process for the citizens of the United Arab Emirates traveling to the Schengen member nations.

Benefits of ETIAS visa waiver for Emiratis

An ETIAS visa waiver has numerous benefits for citizens of the United Arab Emirates including: The application process is simple and easy Fast approval of requests; in most cases within 24 business hours while some take 3 business days to get approved Visiting the consulate or embassy is not required Permit holders to enter and move freely within Schengen member nations Safe visit experience to the Schengen member states The ETIAS has been developed by the Schengen officials and is intended to improve and strengthen the security within Schengen member nations. When the ETIAS travel authorization system will be fully implemented, the citizens of the United Arab Emirates traveling to the Schengen zone will be monitored before they enter Europe. This procedure will enhance the safety of both travelers and residents of Schengen nations. Inspecting visa-exempt visitors against various security records before they enter Europe and rejecting the entry of people who can be a threat to the safety and well-being of Schengen member countries will be the biggest advantage for the people of the European Union and the UAE. The application and approval procedure of ETIAS with permit Schengen officials an enhanced understanding of the character of entitled travelers incoming and outgoing any of the Schengen member country.

Requirements for Emiratis to travel to Europe

By the end of the year 2022, when ETIAS will be implemented for the citizens of the United Arab Emirates, all visitors to the EU for UAE will have to get an ETIAS visa waiver. Receiving ETIAS travel authorization for the citizens of the United Arab Emirates involves submitting a simple and easy application online that just takes 10 minutes to complete. Many ETIAS requests are accepted within 24 hours while others may take 3 days to get approved. When the ETIAS visa waiver is accepted, the nationals of the United Arab Emirates will get an electronic version of the ETIAS on their email ID given while applying for the travel authorization. When Emiratis reach the Schengen Area, they will have to show their passport to the officials at the border. The guard at the borders will read the Emirati passport electronically and will assure that the visitor has an approved ETIAS visa waiver or not. When ETIAS is valid, the border control procedure would be done and if visitors fulfill all the requirements, they can enter the European Union.

Nations Emiratis can travel to with an ETIAS visa waiver

Citizens of the United Arab Emirates with ETIAS travel authorization will be able to enter and move freely within the Schengen territory for 90 days in 180 days duration.

Documents required for an ETIAS visa waiver for Emiratis

Citizens of the United Arab Emirates also have to give the below-mentioned details to get the ETIAS visa waiver for UAE. A valid passport of the UAE with the validity of 3 months beyond the arrival date Contact details and contact information A working email ID to get the ETIAS travel authorization for citizens of the UAE Debit or credit card for paying the application fee for ETIAS

The application process of ETIAS travel authorization for Emiratis

The ETIAS travel authorization for European Union will be mandatory for all citizens of the United Arab Emirates for business and tourism purposes. One can get it online by submitting the online application form for ETIAS. The United Arab Emirates citizens traveling to Europe will have to submit a simple form by providing their personal and contact information as well as answering some basic security questions related to their health and travel record. The given details will be checked across different security records and once accepted the travel authorization will be received on the email ID of the applicant. The United Arab Emirates citizens applying for ETIAS are suggested to reviews the application for details given before submitting it as it the details must be the same as given on the passport of the applicant. Errors and mistakes can lead to the delayed approval process and denial in some cases. Thus, it is necessary to ensure that all information is correct before finally submitting the request.

Visiting Europe with ETIAS from UAE

Citizens of the United Arab Emirates traveling with ETIAS can visit Schengen member nations for 90 days in a total of 180 days period. It implies that the citizens of the United Arab Emirates can enter Schengen member nations without having to register for a visa. Moreover, the citizens of the United Arab Emirates can stay in any of the Schengen states for 90 successive days, and once these 90 days are over, citizens have to leave the area and spend 90 days outside Europe. Then, citizens of the United Arab Emirates will get the permission of another 90 successive days to live within the Schengen territory. The validity time for the ETIAS is 3 years until the passport is valid. The travelers must renew the ETIAS if either the ETIAS or passport of the traveler expires. A confirmed ETIAS visa waiver allows the nationals of the United Arab Emirates to enter the Schengen Area for unlimited times. It implies that nationals of the United Arab Emirates with ETIAS visa waiver can travel to Europe as many times as they want for 3 years until the stay doesn’t go beyond 90 days in 180 days duration.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will happen if my passport for UAE expires when the ETIAS visa waiver is valid?

In case the UAE passport with ETIAS visa waiver expires prior to the expiry of ETIAS travel authorization, the nationals of UAE have to apply for a new visa waiver with a new passport. When approved the ETIAS visa waiver is connected to the same passport used while applying for the travel authorization and can’t be moved to another passport even the second passport belongs to the same person.

How do Emiratis get an ETIAS visa waiver with dual citizenship?

Citizens of UAE having dual nationality should select one passport while registering for an ETIAS visa waiver with which they plan to visit Europe. Nationals of United Arab Emirates with dual nationality should ensure to visit Europe on the same passport that was used while applying for the ETIAS travel authorization.

Can Emiratis do a job in Europe with an ETIAS visa waiver?

ETIAS visa waiver unluckily doesn’t allow the citizens of the United Arab Emirates to do a job in Europe. Even though the ETIAS visa waiver enables citizens of the UAE to enter the Schengen member nations for tourism and business purposes, it doesn’t permit holders to do a job or work in Europe. Citizens of the UAE who wish to work in Europe have to go to the consulate or embassy of the same nation where they want to work or reside in. Consulate or embassy authorities from the selected nation will tell the citizens of the United Arab Emirates the particular requirements they have to fulfill while registering the ETIAS visa waiver. If United Arab Emirates nationals work in Europe with ETIAS travel authorization, they may face serious consequences including the cancellation of their ETIAS visa waiver.