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Netherlands opens new Schengen visa centre in Saudi Arabia

The Embassy of the Netherlands in Saudi Arabia has launched its visa application service in the kingdom, in collaboration with leading outsourcing and technology services specialist, VFS Global. The new service at the Schengen visa appl

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UAE, EU sign historic Schengen visa waiver deal

The UAE and the European Union (EU) have signed a reciprocal bilateral short-stay visa waiver agreement exempting the UAE citizens from Schengen visa. The agreement makes the UAE the first Arab country to receive such a visa waive

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Emiratis to receive Europe visa waiver

UAE tourists will be able to fly to Schengen countries without a visa following a recent decision by the European Union, which will come into effect in the coming months. A senior European diplomat confirmed that the internal process am

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Two new Sweden visa application centres open in UAE

The Embassy of Sweden in Abu Dhabi has outsourced its visa application process to VFS Global, a global outsourcing and technology services specialist for diplomatic missions and governments worldwide. People who want to apply for Scheng

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Move to ease Schengen visa process in Bahrain

European embassies in Bahrain have doubled employees and extended working hours to ease the delays faced by Bahraini citizens applying for Schengen visas. This emerged as Foreign Ministry's under-secretary Abdulla Abdullatif h

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Europe travellers hit by visa delays

Bahraini travellers are being forced to change their holiday plans due to delays in obtaining Schengen visas, a report said. Some travel agencies say around 30 per cent of people have had to push back their departure dates, while

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Bahrain mulls new visa rules

Bahrain is considering introduction of new visa rules that mirror the policies of foreign countries when dealing with Bahraini visitors, said a top government official. MPs yesterday voted unanimously in favour of the proposal, which would

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Apology over visa delays to Europe

French Ambassador Yves Oudin has issued a personal apology to visa applicants facing major delays. He said he welcomed any suggestions from the public on ways to improve and fast track the visa process. It follows a string of compl

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Libya lifts Schengen visa ban after EU move

Libya has lifted a visa ban on citizens of 25 European countries after EU president Spain said a Swiss-instigated visa blacklist against 188 Libyans in those countries had been scrapped. 'In the interests of strengthening its cooperati

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'Schengen' now has 24 states

Celebrations have been held after midnight to mark nine new states joining a European border-free zone. The Schengen agreement, which allows passport-free travel across the area, now embraces 24 nations. Some 2,000 people celebrate

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