Emirate citizens to get visa free tour to europe by spring

Emirate citizens to get visa-free Tour
This spring onwards, UAE nationals would probably be able to travel to Europe without the need for a visa. This would come almost a year after the vote in the European Parliament was passed in favor of suspending the need for Emiratis to hold a Schengen visa. Among the Arab countries, UAE will be the first one and so the Emiratis will be the first to get a waiver for visa in the Schengen nations.

According to Giorgio Starace, Italian Ambassador to the UAE, Brussels has released the latest news that this visa waiver will be made possible by spring. Most of the process is over and this procedure is expected to get over soon. Starace said that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed has accelerated to get the visa waiver. And one such country which was instrumental in this was Italy.

Italy has been a crucial partner to the UAE, both economically and politically. This visa suspension will be useful for boosting the inflow of Emirate citizens to not just Italy but the entire Europe. However, Starace was not in a position to give a start date when the visa-free travel would commence. Italy hopes to be the first to benefit under the visa waiver plan.

More than 35,000 visas were issued for Italy in the previous year from Dubai while 12,000 were issued from Abu Dhabi. These visas were issued to expatriates and UAE citizens. Last year in February, 523 members out of 577 of the European Parliament voted in favor of the visa-free travel for UAE nationals. The Schengen Area comprises of 26 states which includes 22 out of the 28 EU member nations. Some of these countries are Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, France, Latvia, Luxembourg and many others. 

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Posted On : 10 February,2015