Schengen Visa From UAE

For UAE residents planning a trip to the Schengen Area, understanding the Schengen visa process is essential. While UAE passport holders can travel visa-free, residents without a UAE passport need to follow specific procedures. This guide simplifies the entry requirements, application process, and other key details for obtaining a Schengen visa.

Entry Requirements for UAE Residents

UAE passport holders can travel visa-free within the Schengen Area, provided they present essential documents at the port of entry.

Documents required

UAE residents without a UAE passport, including those previously denied visa-free entry or foreigners with a residence permit, must obtain a Schengen visa.

Application Requirements for UAE Residents

Short-term Visa Application Documents

  • Application Form

    Two fully completed and signed copies.

  • Valid Passport

    No older than 10 years, valid for at least 3 months beyond the departure date.

  • Two Photos

    Taken within the last three months, meeting Schengen states’ standards.

  • Proof of Residence Permit in UAE

    Valid for at least 3 months after the intended departure.

  • Travel Flight Itinerary

    Proof of reserved flight from UAE to the Schengen Zone and back.

  • Cover Letter

    Explaining the purpose and details of the visit.

  • Proof of Accommodation

    Hotel booking, rent agreement, or a letter of invitation from a host.

  • Proof of Financial Means

    Bank account statement, sponsorship letter, or both.

  • Travel Insurance

    Coverage from a reputable provider, with fees typically starting at $30.

How to Apply Within the UAE?

Schengen Visa Fees for UAE Residents

Visa Categories and Fees

Where to Apply in the UAE?

Some embassies and consulates may accept applications or outsource visa submission to other centers.

Most Schengen countries have their embassy in Abu Dhabi and at least one consulate general in Dubai.


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