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Updated January 2024

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 the 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 European countries that UAE residents can visit without a visa:

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Europe visa-free countries for UAE residents

  • Albania
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Kosovo
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine
  • 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) once again postponed the launch of the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS). The implementation of ETIAS has met with some unforeseen delays, pushing the expected date of implementation to May 2025 at the earliest, with a chance for further postponement.

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


Therefore, from 2025 onwards, Emirati citizens will be required to apply for an ETIAS  to enter participating European countries on a short-term basis, under 90 days, for general tourism, business, transit or medical purposes.


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