New Schengen Visa System for Emiratis To Be Launched Soon. Here Are Its 5 Application Steps and Benefits
ETIAS holders will be granted entry and the right to move freely between the following member countries for up to 90 consecutive days per trip, within a 180-day period
In today’s world, travelling for work, weddings or leisure has become more common than ever before. While some people have become globe-trotters thanks to the nature of their jobs, others are either planning mini getaways with their families or fun-filled vacations with friends every now and then. Long story short, the travel bug has bitten us all! While Dubai’s tourism numbers rose by 5.1% in 2019 – closing the decade with a record-breaking high – Emiratis too hold a strong penchant for travelling out of their home country, with most of their all-time favourite destinations being Europe. In light of this, the good news is that the Schengen visa requirements for Emirati visitors will soon change.
This development was announced in a statement issued by the European Union's European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS). At the moment, UAE travellers, who wish to visit a Schengen member nation can do so without being required to apply for a Schengen visa before departure.
Step 1: Travelling to the EU is scheduled to change in 2021, when all visa-exempt citizens, including Emirati nationals will be required to register for an obligatory ETIAS visa waiver in order to be granted entry into any of the Schengen countries. In 2021, the European Union authorities will have completed the implementation of the new travel authorisation programme called ETIAS. From then on, all individuals travelling to Europe with a UAE passport, or any of the other 59 countries with a visa waiver agreement with Europe, will need to apply for and obtain an approved European visa waiver before they travel.
Step 2: Getting an ETIAS from the UAE entails completing a simple online application that takes no more than 10 minutes. Most ETIAS visa waiver applications are granted within 1 business day, although some may take longer, up to 3 business days.
Step 3: As soon as the ETIAS is approved, the citizen will receive a digital copy at the email address provided during the application process.
Step 4: Once the citizen arrives in the Schengen Zone, they will be required to present their valid Emirati passport at border control. The border guard will electronically read the UAE passport, which will confirm whether the traveler has a valid ETIAS or not. If there is a valid travel authorization, the border control process will be conducted.
Step 5: If the traveler fulfills all entry conditions, they will be authorized to enter the Schengen area
The ETIAS travel authorization benefits
Quick approval within one business day in most cases, although some applications may take up to three business days
There will be no need to visit an embassy, consulate or wait in long queues. The ETIAS will also grant UAE travellers with the entry and freedom to travel between all member nations.
The ETIAS is a visa waiver programme being developed for all ETIAS eligible countries including the UAE. ETIAS is currently under development while the required systems are being created in a way that would meet existing immigration databases as well as other security data systems. As soon as ETIAS is live and functioning, it will provide a seamless screening and entry procedure for Emiratis visiting any and all of the participating Schengen countries. As soon as the implementation of ETIAS is finalised, travellers heading from the UAE to the Schengen Area will be pre-screened before boarding a flight towards any member nation. Checking visa-exempt travelers against security databases prior to their trip and denying entry to those who may represent a risk to the wellbeing and safety of the Schengen nations will be a great benefit to citizens of the EU and the UAE.
The system was proposed by the European Commission in April 2016 and approved in November 2016. ETIAS holders from the UAE will be granted entry and the right to move freely between the following member countries for up to 90 consecutive days per trip, within a 180-day period. The ETIAS will apply to UAE nationals, along with nationals from 61 other countries including Australia, Canada, Japan, Singapore and the United States. The ETIAS is an electronic system which grants access and keeps track of visitors from countries who do not need a visa to enter the Schengen Zone. The ETIAS aims to strengthen the EU's external border control and ensure that citizens of countries who do not need a visa for travel purposes do not pose a security risk.