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Applying for a Schengen Visa in UAE

How and Where to Apply for a Schengen Visa in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

The United Arab Emirates remain among the favorite destinations for world travelers, either for tourism or for business. In addition, its residents are also among the top travelers around the globe.

The UAE is listed among the top 15 countries, the residents of which filed most visa applications at one of the Schengen embassies, for a visa to Europe in 2017.

Statistics of the European Commission show that almost 267K people from the UAE applied for a Schengen visa in 2017. Taking into account that since May 2015, UAE passport holders do not need a visa to enter any of the Schengen Countries, the number is much higher when it comes to the number of people that have visited the area.


Note: (Starting January 1, 2021, citizens of United Arab Emirates will have to apply for an ETIAS visa prior to their travel towards Europe, in order to be allowed to enter the territory.)

What documents do UAE citizens need to enter Europe?

Even though UAE passport holders do not need to be in possession of a Schengen visa in order to be permitted to enter the Schengen Area, they will still need to present some documents at the port of entry. The border officer is the one who gives the final decision whether they shall be permitted to enter or not.

These documents are as following:

  • UAE passport or travel document. It must be valid for at least three more months beyond their intended stay in Europe
  • Evidence on their purpose of visit
  • Proof they possess the required financial means to support their stay in Schengen
  • Other documents that may be required by specific states

UAE citizens can travel without a Schengen visa in the European countries part of the Schengen Area: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Who can apply for a Schengen Visa in UAE?

On the other hand, all those living in any of the seven emirates of the UAE, who do not hold an UAE passport, and do not belong to any of the Schengen visa exempt categories, will need to obtain a visa. To determine whether you need a visa, please check the list of nationals who are required to have a Schengen Visa.

Persons who can apply to get a Schengen Visa in UAE should belong to one of the categories below:

  • UAE passport holders that have been refused visa-free entry to the Schengen area previously
  • Foreigners living in UAE on a permanent or temporary residence permit, who:
    • are nationals of a country that has an agreement on visa-free regime with Schengen, but have been refused visa-free entry to Europe
    • are nationals of any of the countries that do not have visa-free regime with the Schengen countries

Schengen Visa Application Requirements for UAE residents

The following documents are required when applying for a short-term Schengen visa in the United Arab Emirates:

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  • Application Form. It should be fully completed with correct and honest information. Print the form twice, and sign both copies at the end.
  • Valid Passport. It should be no older than 10 years, and with a validity of at least three more months beyond the date that the applicant is planning to leave the Schengen Zone
  • Two photos – Taken within the last three months according to the standards set by the Schengen states. Read more about photo requirements.
  • Proof of residence permit in UAE. Residence permit, must be valid for at least 3 months after the intended date of departure from the Schengen area
  • Travel Flight Itinerary. A document that proves you have reserved a flight ticket from UAE to the Schengen Zone and back, on the exact dates you are planning to enter and leave this area
  • Cover letter.  Please, explain why you wish to visit Europe, specifying the countries you wish to visit, the time you will remain there, and other details.
  • Proof of accommodation. A document that shows where you will be accommodated throughout your stay in Schengen. This could be a hotel booking, a rent agreement, or a letter of invitation by a host at whose house you will be staying.
  • Proof of financial means. Evidence that you have enough money to support yourself financially throughout your stay in the Schengen. This can be one of the following:
    • Bank account statement – that shows you have enough money in your account for the trip. The statement shall be no older than 3 months.
    • Sponsorship Letter – by another person that confirms they will be financially supporting your trip to the Schengen. In order for this letter to be valid, it must be accompanied by a bank statement of the sponsor, no older than three months.
    • A combination of your bank account statement and a letter of sponsorship
  • Europe Travel Insurance – A document that proves you have travel health insurance for the whole Schengen territory, with a minimum coverage of 30,000 euros in case of any medical emergency as illnesses, accidents and even repatriation in case of death.

Other specific requirements when applying for a different Schengen visa type in UAE:

How to Apply for a Schengen Visa in UAE?

There are a few simple steps to follow when applying for a short-stay Schengen visa in the United Arab Emirates:

  1. Check at which Embassy/Consulate you need to apply. In order to file your application at the right place, you will need to know which country should issue you a visa (if you are planning to visit more than one Schengen state). Then you need to check, what body of that particular country handles visa applications or whether it has outsourced visa submission to another party.
  2. Schedule an appointment at the embassy / consulate / visa center.
  3. Attend the visa interview. Take all of the required documents with you, listed in the given order.
  4. Wait for a response. In the meantime, the embassy will process your visa, which will go through EU security systems as Visa Information System and Schengen Information System.

The processing of your application may take up to 15 days. After that period, you will receive a response on your case. All applications are processed by the embassies only.

Schengen Visa Fees for UAE Residents in AED and in EUR

Schengen Visa Category Visa Fee in AED Visa Fee in EUR
Adult 240 60
Child between 6-12 years of age 140 35
Child younger than 6 years of age FREE FREE
Holders of diplomatic and service passports FREE FREE
Family member of a EU/EEA national FREE FREE

* The applicable visa fee in AED (Arab Emirate Dirham) is as per the current exchange rate. It is subject to change without notice.

Where to apply for a Schengen Visa in UAE

A Schengen visa gives to its holder the opportunity to visit 26 European countries. However, when it comes to where one should apply, the Schengen countries have very strict and clear rules. Many applicants fail to understand where they should apply, and in absence of information, apply at the wrong embassy.

Before you decide at which EU embassy/consulate in Dubai or Abu Dhabi to submit your visa application for Europe, read the rules on “How to Choose the Right Embassy/Consulate/VAC to File a Schengen Visa Application“!

Please pay attention to these rules, since it is very important to file your application at the right place. Lodging you application at the wrong authority, will result in the rejection of your Schengen Visa application.

In general, most of the Schengen states have their embassy located in Abu Dhabi and at least a consulate general in Dubai. In some cases, the embassy and the consulate(s) of the respective member state accept visa applications. In other cases, visa submission is outsourced to the embassy/consulate of another country or to companies that offer visa services.

Following, find a list of the Schengen member states and their competent bodies for accepting visa applications, in UAE:

Apply for a visa to Austria Austria

The Austrian Embassy in Abu Dhabi has outsourced visa submission for UAE residents to VFS Global. Which means you will have to submit your Austrian visa application either at their Visa Application Center in Abu Dhabi or the one in Dubai.

Note that the VAC in Abu Dhabi accepts applications only from persons holding residency issued by the Emirate of Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. On the other hand, persons residing in the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain or Fujairah shall submit their applications to the Visa Centre in Dubai.

The VACs are open from Sunday to Thursday, starting 09:00 to 17:00. You will be able to file your Schengen visa application every workday from 09:00 to 15:00.

Contact details & address

  • Abu Dhabi: Level 25, Shining Tower, Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street, 26th Street, Adjacent to Khalidyah Mall, 30023
  • Dubai: Joint Visa Application Centre, Wafi Mall, Level 2, Falcon, Phase 2, Umm Hurair 2

Phone: 00971(0) 4 205 5606
Email: [email protected]

Apply for a visa to Belgium Belgium

The Belgian Embassy in Abu Dhabi has outsourced visa submission for UAE residents to VFS Global. Which means you will have to submit your Schengen visa application either at their Visa Application Center in Abu Dhabi or the one in Dubai.

Note that the VAC in Abu Dhabi accepts applications only from persons holding residency issued by the Emirate of Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. On the other hand, persons residing in the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain or Fujairah shall submit their applications to the Visa Centre in Dubai.

The VACs are open from Sunday to Thursday, starting 09:00 to 17:00. You will be able to file your Schengen visa application every workday from 09:00 to 15:00.

Contact details & address

  • Abu Dhabi: Level 25, Shining Tower, Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street, 26th Street, Adjacent to Khalidyah Mall, 30023
  • Dubai: Joint Visa Application Centre, Wafi Mall, Level 2, Falcon, Phase 2, Umm Hurair 2

Phone: 971-4-2055716
Email: [email protected]

Apply for a visa to Czech Republic Czech Republic

The Embassy of Czech Republic in Abu Dhabi has outsourced visa submission for UAE residents to VFS Global. Which means you will have to submit your Schengen visa application either at their Visa Application Center in Abu Dhabi or the one in Dubai.

Note that the VAC in Abu Dhabi accepts applications only from persons holding residency issued by the Emirate of Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. On the other hand, persons residing in the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain or Fujairah shall submit their applications to the Visa Centre in Dubai.

The VACs are open from Sunday to Thursday, starting 09:00 to 17:00. You will be able to file your Schengen visa application every workday from 09:00 to 15:00.

Contact details & address

  • Abu Dhabi: Level 25, Shining Tower, Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street, 26th Street, Adjacent to Khalidyah Mall, 30023
  • Dubai: Joint Visa Application Centre, Wafi Mall, Level 2, Falcon, Phase 2, Umm Hurair 2

Phone: 00 971(0) 4 2055 715
Email: [email protected]

Apply for a visa to Denmark Denmark

The Danish Embassy in Abu Dhabi has outsourced visa submission for UAE residents to VFS Global. Which means you will have to submit your Danish visa application either at their Visa Application Center in Abu Dhabi or the one in Dubai.

Note that the VAC in Abu Dhabi accepts applications only from persons holding residency issued by the Emirate of Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. On the other hand, persons residing in the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain or Fujairah shall submit their applications to the Visa Centre in Dubai.

The VACs are open from Sunday to Thursday, starting 09:00 to 17:00. You will be able to file your Schengen visa application every workday from 09:00 to 15:00.

Contact details & address

  • Abu Dhabi: Level 25, Shining Tower, Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street, 26th Street, Adjacent to Khalidyah Mall, 30023
  • Dubai: Joint Visa Application Centre, Wafi Mall, Level 2, Falcon, Phase 2, Umm Hurair 2

Phone: +971 4 205 5718
Email: [email protected]

Apply for a visa to Estonia Estonia

Estonia has appointed the Embassy of Finland in Abu Dhabi as its representor. The Finnish embassy in Abu Dhabi has outsourced visa submission for UAE residents to VFS Global. Which means you will have to submit your Schengen visa application either at their Visa Application Center in Abu Dhabi or the one in Dubai.

Note that the VAC in Abu Dhabi accepts applications only from persons holding residency issued by the Emirate of Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. On the other hand, persons residing in the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain or Fujairah shall submit their applications to the Visa Centre in Dubai.

The VACs are open from Sunday to Thursday, starting 09:00 to 17:00. You will be able to file your Schengen visa application every workday from 09:00 to 15:00.

Contact details & address

  • Abu Dhabi: Level 25, Shining Tower, Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street, 26th Street, Adjacent to Khalidyah Mall, 30023
  • Dubai: Joint Visa Application Centre, Wafi Mall, Level 2, Falcon, Phase 2, Umm Hurair 2

Phone: +971 4 205 5907
Email: [email protected]

Apply for a visa to Finland Finland

The Finnish Embassy in Abu Dhabi has outsourced visa submission for UAE residents to VFS Global. Which means you will have to submit your Finnish visa application either at their Visa Application Center in Abu Dhabi or the one in Dubai.

Note that the VAC in Abu Dhabi accepts applications only from persons holding residency issued by the Emirate of Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. On the other hand, persons residing in the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain or Fujairah shall submit their applications to the Visa Centre in Dubai.

The VACs are open from Sunday to Thursday, starting 09:00 to 17:00. You will be able to file your Schengen visa application every workday from 09:00 to 15:00.

Contact details & address

  • Abu Dhabi: Level 25, Shining Tower, Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street, 26th Street, Adjacent to Khalidyah Mall, 30023
  • Dubai: Joint Visa Application Centre, Wafi Mall, Level 2, Falcon, Phase 2, Umm Hurair 2

Phone: +971 4 205 5907
Email: email [email protected]

Apply for a visa to France France

The French Embassy in Abu Dhabi has outsourced visa submission for UAE residents to VFS Global. Which means you will have to submit your French visa application either at their Visa Application Center in Abu Dhabi or the one in Dubai.

Note that the VAC in Abu Dhabi accepts applications only from persons holding residency issued by the Emirate of Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. On the other hand, persons residing in the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain or Fujairah shall submit their applications to the Visa Centre in Dubai.

The VACs are open from Sunday to Thursday, starting 09:00 to 17:00. You will be able to file your Schengen visa application every workday from 09:00 to 15:00.

Contact details & address

  • Abu Dhabi: Level 25, Shining Tower, Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street, 26th Street, Adjacent to Khalidyah Mall, 30023
  • Dubai: Joint Visa Application Centre, Wafi Mall, Level 2, Falcon, Phase 2, Umm Hurair 2

Phone: +971 4-2055999
Email: [email protected]

Apply for a visa to Germany Deutschland

The German Embassy in Abu Dhabi has outsourced visa submission for UAE residents to VFS Global. Which means you will have to submit your German visa application either at their Visa Application Center in Abu Dhabi or the one in Dubai.

Note that the VAC in Abu Dhabi accepts applications only from persons holding residency issued by the Emirate of Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. On the other hand, persons residing in the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain or Fujairah shall submit their applications to the Visa Centre in Dubai.

The VACs are open from Sunday to Thursday, starting 09:00 to 17:00. You will be able to file your Schengen visa application every workday from 09:00 to 15:00.

Contact details & address

  • Abu Dhabi: Level 25, Shining Tower, Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street, 26th Street, Adjacent to Khalidyah Mall, 30023
  • Dubai: Joint Visa Application Centre, Wafi Mall, Level 2, Falcon, Phase 2, Umm Hurair 2

Phone: 04-2055666
Email: [email protected]

Apply for a visa to Greece Greece

The Embassy of the Hellenic Republic in Abu Dhabi has outsourced visa submission for UAE residents to VFS Global. Which means you will have to submit your Greek visa application either at their Visa Application Center in Abu Dhabi or the one in Dubai.

Note that the VAC in Abu Dhabi accepts applications only from persons holding residency issued by the Emirate of Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. On the other hand, persons residing in the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain or Fujairah shall submit their applications to the Visa Centre in Dubai.

The VACs are open from Sunday to Thursday, starting 09:00 to 17:00. You will be able to file your Schengen visa application every workday from 09:00 to 15:00.

Contact details & address

  • Abu Dhabi: Level 25, Shining Tower, Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street, 26th Street, Adjacent to Khalidyah Mall, 30023
  • Dubai: Joint Visa Application Centre, Wafi Mall, Level 2, Falcon, Phase 2, Umm Hurair 2

Phone: 00 971(0) 4 2055770
Email: [email protected]

Apply for a visa to Hungary Hungary

The Embassy of the Republic of Hungary in Abu Dhabi has outsourced visa submission for UAE residents to VFS Global. Which means you will be able to submit your Schengen visa application either at their Visa Application Center in Abu Dhabi or the one in Dubai.

Note that the VAC in Abu Dhabi accepts applications only from persons holding residency issued by the Emirate of Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. On the other hand, persons residing in the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain or Fujairah shall submit their applications to the Visa Centre in Dubai.

The VACs are open from Sunday to Thursday, starting 09:00 to 17:00. You will be able to file your Schengen visa application every workday from 09:00 to 15:00.

Contact details & address

  • Abu Dhabi: Level 25, Shining Tower, Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street, 26th Street, Adjacent to Khalidyah Mall, 30023
  • Dubai: Joint Visa Application Centre, Wafi Mall, Level 2, Falcon, Phase 2, Umm Hurair 2

Phone: 00971(0) 4 205 5650
Email: [email protected]

Apply for a visa to Iceland Iceland

The Danish Embassy represents Iceland in the UAE. The Danish Embassy in Abu Dhabi has outsourced visa submission for UAE residents to VFS Global. Which means you will have to submit your Schengen visa application either at their Visa Application Center in Abu Dhabi or the one in Dubai.

Note that the VAC in Abu Dhabi accepts applications only from persons holding residency issued by the Emirate of Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. On the other hand, persons residing in the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain or Fujairah shall submit their applications to the Visa Centre in Dubai.

The VACs are open from Sunday to Thursday, starting 09:00 to 17:00. You will be able to file your Schengen visa application every workday from 09:00 to 15:00.

Contact details & address

  • Abu Dhabi: Level 25, Shining Tower, Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street, 26th Street, Adjacent to Khalidyah Mall, 30023
  • Dubai: Joint Visa Application Centre, Wafi Mall, Level 2, Falcon, Phase 2, Umm Hurair 2

Phone: +971 4 205 5718
Email: [email protected]

Apply for a visa to Italy Italy

The Italian Embassy in UAE has outsourced visa submission for Abu Dhabi residents to VFS Global and to Cox & Kings Global Services for the rest of the UAE residents.

All applicants residing within the jurisdiction of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi need to submit their Italian Visa application at the joint VFS VAC in Dubai. The VAC is open from Sunday to Thursday, starting 09:00 to 17:00. You will be able to file your Schengen visa application every workday from 09:00 to 15:00.

All applicants residing within the jurisdiction of the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, and Umm al-Quwain need to submit their Schengen Visa application at CKGS Italy Visa Application Centre in Dubai.  You will be able to file your Schengen visa application every workday from 08:00 to 19:00.

Contact details & address

  • Abu Dhabi: Level 25, Shining Tower, Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street, 26th Street, Adjacent to Khalidyah Mall, 30023
  • Dubai: 48 Burjigate, Office 1102, Downtown Burji Area, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Adjacent to Burj Khalifa / Dubai Mall Metro Station

Phone: 00971(0) 4 205 5777 for Abu Dhabi & 800 (800 48259) for Dubai
Email: [email protected] for Abu Dhabi & [email protected] for Dubai

Apply for a visa to Latvia Latvia

The Latvian Embassy in Abu Dhabi has outsourced visa submission for UAE residents to VFS Global. Which means you will have to submit your Schengen visa application either at their Visa Application Center in Abu Dhabi or the one in Dubai.

Note that the VAC in Abu Dhabi accepts applications only from persons holding residency issued by the Emirate of Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. On the other hand, persons residing in the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain or Fujairah shall submit their applications to the Visa Centre in Dubai.

The VACs are open from Sunday to Thursday, starting 09:00 to 17:00. You will be able to file your Schengen visa application every workday from 09:00 to 15:00.

Contact details & address

  • Abu Dhabi: Level 25, Shining Tower, Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street, 26th Street, Adjacent to Khalidyah Mall, 30023
  • Dubai: Joint Visa Application Centre, Wafi Mall, Level 2, Falcon, Phase 2, Umm Hurair 2

Phone: 00971(0) 4 205 5910
Email: [email protected]

Apply for a visa to Lithuania Lithuania

Lithuania has outsourced visa application submission to the Spanish Embassy in Abu Dhabi. The BLS International handles visa applications in behalf of the Spanish Embassy in the UAE. You will have to submit your Schengen visa application either at their visa center in Abu Dhabi, or the one in Dubai.

The VACs are open from Sunday to Thursday, starting 09:00 to 17:00. You will be able to file your Schengen visa application every workday from 09:00 to 15:00.

Contact details & address

  • Abu Dhabi: BLS International Spain Visa Application Center, 1311, Tamouh Tower; 13th Floor, Marina Square, Al Reem Island,
  • Dubai: BLS International Spain Visa Application Center, I Rise Tower; 16 th Floor, Office # C-9, Barsha Heights (Tecom)

Phone: 043875660 / +971525098736 / 971 2 5524492
Email: [email protected]

Apply for a visa to Luxembourg Luxembourg

The Danish Embassy represents Luxembourg in the UAE. The Danish Embassy in Abu Dhabi has outsourced visa submission for UAE residents to VFS Global. Which means you will have to submit your Schengen visa application either at their Visa Application Center in Abu Dhabi or the one in Dubai.

Note that the VAC in Abu Dhabi accepts applications only from persons holding residency issued by the Emirate of Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. On the other hand, persons residing in the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain or Fujairah shall submit their applications to the Visa Centre in Dubai.

The VACs are open from Sunday to Thursday, starting 09:00 to 17:00. You will be able to file your Schengen visa application every workday from 09:00 to 15:00.

Contact details & address

  • Abu Dhabi: Level 25, Shining Tower, Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street, 26th Street, Adjacent to Khalidyah Mall, 30023
  • Dubai: Joint Visa Application Centre, Wafi Mall, Level 2, Falcon, Phase 2, Umm Hurair 2

Phone: +971 4 205 5718
Email: [email protected]

Apply for a visa to Malta Malta

The Maltese Embassy in Abu Dhabi has outsourced visa submission for UAE residents to VFS Global. Which means you will have to submit your Maltese visa application either at their Visa Application Center in Abu Dhabi or the one in Dubai.

Note that the VAC in Abu Dhabi accepts applications only from persons holding residency issued by the Emirate of Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. On the other hand, persons residing in the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain or Fujairah shall submit their applications to the Visa Centre in Dubai.

The VACs are open from Sunday to Thursday, starting 09:00 to 17:00. You will be able to file your Schengen visa application every workday from 09:00 to 15:00.

Contact details & address

  • Abu Dhabi: Level 25, Shining Tower, Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street, 26th Street, Adjacent to Khalidyah Mall, 30023
  • Dubai: Joint Visa Application Centre, Wafi Mall, Level 2, Falcon, Phase 2, Umm Hurair 2

Phone: 00971(0) 4 205 5990
Email: [email protected]

Apply for a visa to Netherlands Netherlands

The Embassy of Netherlands in Abu Dhabi has outsourced visa submission for UAE residents to VFS Global. Which means you will have to submit your Dutch visa application either at their Visa Application Center in Abu Dhabi or the one in Dubai.

Note that the VAC in Abu Dhabi accepts applications only from persons holding residency issued by the Emirate of Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. On the other hand, persons residing in the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain or Fujairah shall submit their applications to the Visa Centre in Dubai.

The VACs are open from Sunday to Thursday, starting 09:00 to 17:00. You will be able to file your Schengen visa application every workday from 09:00 to 15:00.

Contact details & address

  • Abu Dhabi: Level 25, Shining Tower, Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street, 26th Street, Adjacent to Khalidyah Mall, 30023
  • Dubai: Joint Visa Application Centre, Wafi Mall, Level 2, Falcon, Phase 2, Umm Hurair 2

Phone: +971 4 205 5712
Email: [email protected]

Apply for a visa to Norway Norway

The Norwegian Embassy in Abu Dhabi has outsourced visa submission for UAE residents to VFS Global. Which means you will have to submit your Schengen visa application either at their Visa Application Center in Abu Dhabi or the one in Dubai.

Note that the VAC in Abu Dhabi accepts applications only from persons holding residency issued by the Emirate of Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. On the other hand, persons residing in the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain or Fujairah shall submit their applications to the Visa Centre in Dubai.

The VACs are open from Sunday to Thursday, starting 09:00 to 17:00. You will be able to file your Schengen visa application every workday from 09:00 to 15:00.

Contact details & address

  • Abu Dhabi: Level 25, Shining Tower, Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street, 26th Street, Adjacent to Khalidyah Mall, 30023
  • Dubai: Joint Visa Application Centre, Wafi Mall, Level 2, Falcon, Phase 2, Umm Hurair 2

Phone: 00971(0) 4 205 5903
Email: [email protected]

Apply for a visa to Poland Poland

Polish Embassy in UAE in Abu Dhabi handles Schengen visa applications directly. Therefore, you will have to submit your application there. Initially, you need to fulfill the application form through electronic customer service system “e-konsulat“.

Visa application forms, which were not registered via the “e-konsulat”, will not be accepted.

Contact details & address

Address: Delma Street 13 / Karamah 14, P.O. Box 2334,

Phone: +971 2 446 5200
Email: [email protected]

Apply for a visa to Portugal Portugal

The Portuguese Embassy in Abu Dhabi has outsourced visa submission for UAE residents to VFS Global. Which means you will have to submit your Portuguese visa application either at their Visa Application Center in Abu Dhabi or the one in Dubai.

The VACs are open from Sunday to Thursday, starting 09:00 to 17:00. You will be able to file your Schengen visa application every workday from 09:00 to 15:00.

Contact details & address

  • Abu Dhabi: Level 25, Shining Tower, Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street, 26th Street, Adjacent to Khalidyah Mall, 30023
  • Dubai: Joint Visa Application Centre, Wafi Mall, Level 2, Falcon, Phase 2, Umm Hurair 2

Phone: 00971(0) 4 205 5904
Email: [email protected]

Apply for a visa to Slovakia Slovakia

The Slovakian Embassy in Abu Dhabi processes Schengen visa applications directly. All visa applicants can file their visa application at the embassy, with a prior appointment.

The embassy is open from Sunday to Thursday, starting a 09:00 to 17:00. You will be able to file your Schengen visa application every workday from 10:00 to 13:00.

Contact details & address

Address: Al Mataf Street No.16, Villa 2, Al Bateen Area – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates

Phone: +971 2 681 7705
Email: [email protected]

Apply for a visa to Slovenia Slovenia

German Embassy handles visitor visa applications for Slovenia.  The German Embassy in Abu Dhabi has outsourced visa submission for UAE residents to VFS Global. Which means you will have to submit your Slovenian visa application either at their Visa Application Center in Abu Dhabi or the one in Dubai.

Note that the VAC in Abu Dhabi accepts applications only from persons holding residency issued by the Emirate of Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. On the other hand, persons residing in the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain or Fujairah shall submit their applications to the Visa Application Centre in Dubai.

The VACs are open from Sunday to Thursday, starting 09:00 to 17:00. You will be able to file your Schengen visa application every workday from 09:00 to 15:00.

Contact details & address

  • Abu Dhabi: Level 25, Shining Tower, Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street, 26th Street, Adjacent to Khalidyah Mall, 30023
  • Dubai: Joint Visa Application Centre, Wafi Mall, Level 2, Falcon, Phase 2, Umm Hurair 2

Phone: 04-2055666
Email: [email protected]

Apply for a visa to Spain Spain

The BLS International handles visa applications in behalf of the Spanish Embassy in the UAE. You will have to submit your Spanish Visa application either at their visa center in Abu Dhabi, or the one in Dubai.

The VACs are open from Sunday to Thursday, starting 09:00 to 17:00. You will be able to file your Schengen visa application every workday from 09:00 to 15:00.

Contact details & address

  • Abu Dhabi: BLS International Spain Visa Application Center, 1311, Tamouh Tower; 13th Floor, Marina Square, Al Reem Island,
  • Dubai: BLS International Spain Visa Application Center, I Rise Tower; 16 th Floor, Office # C-9, Barsha Heights (Tecom)

Phone: 043875660 / +971525098736 / 971 2 5524492
Email: [email protected]

Apply for a visa to Sweden Sweden

The Swedish Embassy in Abu Dhabi has outsourced visa submission for UAE residents to VFS Global. Which means you will have to submit your Sweden visa application either at their Visa Application Center in Abu Dhabi or the one in Dubai.

Note that the VAC in Abu Dhabi accepts applications only from persons holding residency issued by the Emirate of Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. On the other hand, persons residing in the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain or Fujairah shall submit their applications to the Visa Application Centre in Dubai.

The VACs are open from Sunday to Thursday, starting 09:00 to 17:00. You will be able to file your Schengen visa application every workday from 09:00 to 15:00.

Contact details & address

  • Abu Dhabi: Level 25, Shining Tower, Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street, 26th Street, Adjacent to Khalidyah Mall, 30023
  • Dubai: Joint Visa Application Centre, Wafi Mall, Level 2, Falcon, Phase 2, Umm Hurair 2

Phone: 00971(0) 4 2055 859
Email: [email protected]

Apply for a visa to Switzerland Switzerland

The Swiss embassy in Abu Dhabi has outsourced visa submission for UAE residents to VFS Global. Which means you will have to submit your Swiss visa application either at their Visa Application Center in Abu Dhabi or the one in Dubai.

Note that the VAC in Abu Dhabi accepts applications only from persons holding residency issued by the Emirate of Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. On the other hand, persons residing in the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain or Fujairah shall submit their applications to the Visa Application Centre in Dubai.

The VACs are open from Sunday to Thursday, starting 09:00 to 17:00. You will be able to file your Schengen visa application every workday from 09:00 to 15:00.

Contact details & address

  • Abu Dhabi: Level 25, Shining Tower, Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street, 26th Street, Adjacent to Khalidyah Mall, 30023
  • Dubai: Joint Visa Application Centre, Wafi Mall, Level 2, Falcon, Phase 2, Umm Hurair 2

Phone: 00971 (4) 2055888
Email: [email protected]

Apply for a visa to Liechtenstein Liechtenstein

The Swiss Embassy represents Liechtenstein in the UAE. The Swiss embassy in Abu Dhabi has outsourced visa submission for UAE residents to VFS Global. Which means you will have to submit your Schengen visa application either at their Visa Application Center in Abu Dhabi or the one in Dubai.

Note that the VAC in Abu Dhabi accepts applications only from persons holding residency issued by the Emirate of Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. On the other hand, persons residing in the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain or Fujairah shall submit their applications to the Visa Application Centre in Dubai.

The VACs are open from Sunday to Thursday, starting 09:00 to 17:00. You will be able to file your Schengen visa application every workday from 09:00 to 15:00.

Contact details & address

  • Abu Dhabi: Level 25, Shining Tower, Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street, 26th Street, Adjacent to Khalidyah Mall, 30023
  • Dubai: Joint Visa Application Centre, Wafi Mall, Level 2, Falcon, Phase 2, Umm Hurair 2

Phone: 00971 (4) 2055888
Email: [email protected]

What should I do if my visa application is rejected?

Filing a visa application is not a guarantee that you will get the visa. There are a number of common reasons why a visa application is rejected by the Schengen embassies. Sometimes applications are rejected because of mistakes made during the visa interviews. Attempt to avoid them, since the interview is a crucial part of your application.

However, if you get rejected from getting a Schengen Visa in the UAE, you will always have the chance to appeal the decision. When you receive the decision on you application, you will also get the reasons for denial, and instructions how to appeal the decision, if you wish to. You can appeal this decision by writing an Appeal Letter for Schengen Visa Refusal.

UAE nationals to apply for EU Travel Authorization starting 2021

The European Union has been working for a long time now on the creation of an ‘electronic visa’. The European Travel Information and Authorization System, which comes into force on 2021, is an electronic system through which all those who have been traveling to Europe visa-free so far, will have to obtain a travel authorization.

As of January 1, 2021, these travelers will be obliged to obtain an ETIAS prior to showing up at the border. An ETIAS should be obtained online, by completing an application form with personal information and paying the fee of €7.

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