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Travelling to the EU
For travelling to the EU, Gulf citizens and permanent residents require a visa. Depending on the destination, it will either be a Schengen visa or a national visa.
Which Countries Issue Schengen Visas?
Today, 22 EU countries (Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden), plus Norway, Iceland and Switzerland issue Schengen visas. With a Schengen visa, you may enter one country and travel freely throughout the Schengen zone.
Where to Apply for the Schengen Visa?
If you intend to visit only one Schengen Member State, you must apply at the Embassy or Consulate of this Member State. If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, you must apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country which is your main destination. If you intend to visit several Schengen countries but do not have a main destination, you should apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country which is your first point of entry.
Permanent residents in the Gulf countries do not need to direct their visa application to the Member State's embassy in their country of origin but can apply at the Member State's embassy in the Gulf country they are permanent residents in.
Click here to learn more about the Schengen area and visa.
To learn more about visa application procedures, please contact Member State embassies or consulates.
For Which Countries are National Visas Required?
Bulgaria, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the United Kingdom only issue national visas. This means that these visas are only valid for a short stay in the territory of the Member State which issued them.
Where to Apply for a National Visa?
To receive a visa for Bulgaria, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the United Kingdom you should direct enquiries to the respective embassy, consulate or foreign ministry department.
The following links may be useful for more information on national visa polices:
Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Visa Information
Bulgaria Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Visa Information
Ireland Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Visa Information
Romania Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Visa Information
United Kingdom Border Agency: Visa Services
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Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme for education, training, youth and sport. Between 2014 and 2020, it will provide opportunities for 4 million people to study, train and gain life experience abroad.
Erasmus+ replaces a number of older programmes, including an international exchange programme called Erasmus Mundus.
This programme was active in the Gulf region, and provided young people and academics with the opportunity to study or teach abroad.
See the Erasmus+ web portal’s Resources section for information about linguistic support, documents for applicants and the management of proposals.