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Updated June 2023

Currently, travellers from more than 50 countries are able to travel to the Schengen Area without a visa as per the visa-free agreement with the EU. Since the UAE is one of those countries, we have gathered all the European countries that UAE travellers can visit without a visa for their next holiday.

Can I travel to Europe without a visa from UAE?

To travel to the Schengen area without a visa, Emiratis will need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months past the length of time they plan to spend in the region in order to enter Europe without a visa.

Other than that, it is advisable to purchase travel or health insurance in case of an emergency. Below is the list of the Europe countries that UAE residents can visit without a visa:

How and Where to Apply for Schengen Visa If You’re a UAE Resident?

Europe visa-free countries for UAE residents

  1. Albania
  2. Austria
  3. Belgium
  4. Bosnia & Hertzegovina
  5. Bulgaria
  6. Croatia
  7. Czech Republic
  8. Denmark
  9. Estonia
  10. Finland
  11. France
  12. Germany
  13. Greece
  14. Hungary
  15. Iceland
  16. Ireland
  17. Italy
  18. Latvia
  19. Liechtenstein
  20. Lithuania
  21. Luxembourg
  22. Macedonia
  23. Malta
  24. Moldova
  25. Monaco
  26. Montenegro
  27. Netherlands
  28. Norway
  29. Poland
  30. Portugal
  31. Romania
  32. Serbia
  33. Slovakia
  34. Slovenia
  35. Spain
  36. Sweden
  37. Switzerland
  38. Ukraine
  39. Vatican City

Please note that the other Europe regions (non-Schengen area) that are not listed above would require different visa rules than the countries in the Schengen area.

ETIAS for UAE residents

The European Union (EU) has postponed the launch of the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS). The regulation is now expected to be fully operational by the end of the first half of 2024.

ETIAS 2023: Everything to Know About the Visa Waiver If You’re Planning a Trip to Europe Next Year

Therefore, from then onwards, all individuals travelling to Europe with a United Arab Emirates passport, or any of the other countries with a visa waiver agreement with Europe, will need to apply for and obtain an approved European visa waiver before they travel.


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