ETIAS Requirements for Emirati Citizens
However, the Schengen countries are also implementing new ways to ensure better security at their external borders and smoother document check processes at their points of entry. With these objectives in mind, the European Union has designed a new electronic authorization system (ETIAS) to keep track of non-EU citizens who enter the Schengen Area without a visa.
ETIAS is a simple online registration process that will be needed from late 2022 by all third-country citizens who wish to visit one or more Schengen nations. This means that UAE passport holders will have to obtain a valid ETIAS in order to visit Italy and the rest of Europe starting from the end of 2022.
The visa exemption agreement between the Emirates and Italy will remain in place. However, UAE visitors will need to fill out the ETIAS online application before traveling in order to be granted entry.
The ETIAS Italy requirements for Emiratis are:
- Filling out the application form online in all of its parts
- Submitting the relevant supporting documents in electronic format
- Paying the ETIAS fee
Personal Information for the ETIAS Italy
In answering the form’s questions, the visitor must provide:
- Personal information such as date of birth and full name, as well as gender
- Passport number, date and place of issuance, and expiry date
- Contact details, including home and email addresses and telephone number
- First Schengen country of entry, in this case, Italy
What Documents Do I Need for the ETIAS Italy?
Besides the completed application form, visitors must provide an Emirati passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the intended date of entry. The document must be the same that will be used to cross the Italian border since the ETIAS authorization and the passport are directly linked.
Should the passport expire before the approved ETIAS does, a new application will need to be submitted with a new and valid passport.
Visitors will also need a debit or credit card that is authorized for online purchases in order to pay the application fee. The ETIAS request will not be processed until the fee is paid.
Medical Info for Emirati Citizens
Unfortunately, non-EU citizens are not included in public health agreements. This means that although UAE travelers will be able to receive medical attention and medications if the need arises while in Italy, they will have to pay for them out of pocket.
That is why it is strongly advised that Emiratis traveling to Italy purchase appropriate health insurance for the entirety of their trip.
ETIAS Italy Benefits for Emirati Citizens
ETIAS allows Emiratis to enter Italy and all the 26 Schengen member countries visa-free. Thanks to ETIAS, UAE travelers can visit the Schengen Area for trips of up to 90 days within a 180-day period.
The application is quick and easy and it can be completed entirely online from the comfort of one’s home or office. All Emiratis need is a few minutes and access to the internet.
Besides being very efficient and convenient, the system also improves the safety of residents and travelers in the Schengen Area. Thanks to the new processes and technology used, European law enforcement will be better equipped to fight serious international crimes such as:
- Identity theft
- Drug and people trafficking
Finally, the electronic ETIAS and passport control process allows for much shorter waiting times at the immigration desk at the airport or other European port of entry.