Delegation of the European Union to the United Arab Emirates

Travel to the EU from United Arab Emirates

10/05/2016 - 15:21
Travel to the EU

Information on travel and study opportunities in the European Union (EU) for United Arab Emirates (UAE) citizens.

The UAE is the first country in the Arab world to be granted a Schengen visa-waiver. Under an EU-UAE agreement, holders of UAE passports have been exempted from visa requirements to enter the Schengen Area for stays of up to 90 days (within any 180-day period). The remaining visa requirements for some EU citizens travelling to the UAE have also been lifted.

This increases personal contacts and offers renewed opportunities for business, tourism, leisure and hospitality both in Europe and in the UAE.

The visa waiver does not apply to Ireland which is not part of the Schengen Area.

UAE citizens are advised to consult the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs or refer to the Embassy of the Schengen Area country they intend to travel to.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: the EU Delegation in the UAE does not deal with visa and consular matters. These are handled by individual EU countries' embassies and consulates. 

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.

See the Erasmus+ web portal’s Resources section for information about linguistic support, documents for applicants and the management of proposals.