Residents of India living in the United Arab Emirates can now enjoy more budget-friendly airfares and quicker processing times for Schengen visas. Recent reports from Schengen Visa Info indicate that the waiting period for visa processing is currently averaging two weeks or less.

Gulf News highlights a notable increase in the number of UAE and GCC residents traveling to European destinations during the Christmas and New Year holidays this past winter season. It’s important to note that the Schengen area encompasses 23 out of the 27 EU member countries, including neighboring nations such as Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein.

While passport holders from the UAE are exempt from visa requirements, this exemption does not apply to foreign residents in the country. Foreigners residing in the UAE are required to apply for visas when planning trips to Schengen countries.

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