Schengen Visa

Schengen Visa


Planning to go on a trip to France to see the Eiffel Tower? Or maybe search and experience the best chocolates in Belgium? Or drink a bottle of one of the finest port wine in Portugal? Aside from getting all your bags packed preparing to go, you will need one important thing: a Schengen Visa.
The Schengen Visa is coined from the Schengen Agreement, which was a mutual agreement/treaty on abolishing  internal border checks between 26 European countries. You will be granted to visit the Schengen countries once you have this visa stamped in your passport.

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What is Schengen Visa?
    - It allows the holder transit through or an intended stay in the territory of the Schengen States of a duration of no more than 90 days in any 180 day period("short stay visa").
    - Or, it allows the holder transit through the international transit areas of airports of the Schengen States ("airport transit visa").

Schengen Countries:
- Austria    - Belgium    - Czech Republic    - Denmark    - Estonia    - Finland    - France    - Germany    - Greece    - Hungary    - Iceland    - Italy    - Latvia    - Liechtenstein    - Lithuania    - Luxembourg    - Malta    - Netherlands    - Norway    - Poland    - Portugal    - Slovakia    - Slovenia    - Spain    - Sweden   
- Switzerland


  • 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.

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


Terms & Conditions

  • Visa Approval is up to immigration only.

  • Visa process will begin only once all the required documents are complete. 

  • We recommend that all passengers should enter the country within 14 days of the issuance of the visa.

  • All visa applications and charges depend on the nationality of the said passenger. 

  • In case of any rejection, Universal Gate is not responsible for the application charge.

Schengen Visa Application Requirements for UAE residents