Certain nationalities are granted visa-free entry into the Schengen Area, while others must go through processes and interviews.
However, the European Parliament recently announced that, if you’re from outside the zone but want to travel inside it, you soon won’t need physical Schengen visa applications or stickers anymore.
Brussels has digitised the system, which will help speed up the process and reduces the effort and costs needed to complete an application.
This digitisation means that travellers from the UAE don’t need to go to an embassy, visa centre or consulate, to submit the required documents, and application form.
Instead, travellers will have to fill in an online application form and upload the Schengen visa required documents, including their scanned passport, recent photo, travel insurance, and other scanned documents.
According to Schengen Visa News, the price for a Schengen visa will remain the same as of now, which is €80 (Dhs317).
Nationals that are from certain countries benefiting from reduced application fees due to agreements made by particular Schengen countries, will continue to pay those reduced fees.
The 27 Schengen countries include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.