When travelling to Schengen countries from the UAE, planning and preparing for a smooth and enjoyable trip is essential. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:
Check the validity of your passport
Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your intended departure date from the Schengen Area. Check that your passport has enough blank pages for entry and exit stamps.
Understand the duration of stay and entry requirements
Familiarise yourself with the maximum duration of stay allowed under your visa or visa exemption. Check if you need to obtain a Schengen visa or are exempt based on your nationality. Understand any specific entry requirements, such as proof of accommodation, return flight tickets, or sufficient funds for your stay.
Research local customs and regulations
Learn about the local customs, etiquette, and cultural practices of the Schengen countries you plan to visit. Be aware of any specific rules or regulations related to dress code, behaviour, or photography at religious sites or cultural landmarks.
Familiarise yourself with local emergency services
Save emergency contact numbers for local authorities, ambulance services, and your embassy or consulate in each Schengen country you plan to visit. Understand how to access medical assistance and emergency services in case of any unforeseen health issues or emergencies.
Obtain travel insurance from Allianz Travel
Purchase comprehensive travel insurance that meets the minimum requirements of the Schengen countries, even if it's not mandatory for your nationality. Ensure that your travel insurance covers medical expenses, emergency medical evacuation, trip cancellations or interruptions, and lost or delayed baggage.
Be mindful of Schengen countries' specific requirements.
Research any additional requirements or restrictions imposed by the Schengen countries you plan to visit, such as mandatory COVID-19 testing or quarantine measures. Stay updated on any travel advisories or guidelines issued by your home country's authorities or the Schengen countries you plan to visit