Here are some useful tips for traveling to Schengen Area in December

Book accommodation early

December is peak season so lodging books up quickly. Reserve hotel/hostel rooms well in advance.

Pack warm clothing

December is winter in Europe so bring warm jackets, hats, gloves, scarves. Temperatures typically range from 0°C to 5°C.

Check opening hours

Some attractions, restaurants, and shops may have reduced hours or closures in winter. Verify schedules beforehand.

Avoid big crowds

Popular Christmas markets, events, and New Year’s celebrations get very crowded. Go early or on weekdays to avoid rush.

Bundle up for outdoor activities

If planning to sightsee, ski, hike, or tour, bundle up in waterproof and windproof outer layers.

Bring proper footwear

Carry waterproof boots with good traction to manage snowy and icy conditions outdoors.

Consider Christmas markets

Germany, Austria, Switzerland have iconic markets in December selling gifts, decor and food/drink.

Respect local traditions

Research and respect religious/cultural traditions as Christmas and New Year’s are big holidays.

Travel light

Airlines have lower check-in baggage allowances during peak season. Pack efficiently and use carry-on when possible.

Have flexible travel plans

Winter weather like snow or storms can cause transport delays. Keep schedule flexible to accommodate.

Who Needs a Schengen Visa from UAE?

Citizens of certain countries like India, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt etc, need to obtain a Schengen visa before traveling, while UAE passport holders can enter visa-free. Always verify if your nationality requires applying for a visa.

Schengen Visa Application Documents

You’ll need to compile supporting documents like:

Passport – must be valid for 6 months post-travel with 2 blank pages

Application form – fully completed with accurate details and signed

Bank statement-  3 or 6 months.

Photos – 2 recent biometric photos, not older than 6 months (3.5cm x 4.5cm)

Flight reservations – round trip bookings showing entry/exit from Schengen area

Accommodation – hotel/hostel bookings covering the entire period of stay

Travel insurance – minimum coverage of €30,000 from approved Schengen provider

Employment letter – for employees, signed letter from UAE company verifying job, position, salary and approved leave

Bank statements – recent statements as evidence you have sufficient funds

Additional docs – family/financial ties to UAE, previous visas, etc. depending on case

Where to Apply for Schengen Visa in UAE

When applying in the UAE, submit your application at the embassy or consulate of the main Schengen country you will be visiting. For example, if visiting France, apply at the French embassy.

Schengen Visa Fee for UAE Residents

The visa fee is typically AED 450 to AED 750 when applying in the UAE. The fee can be paid via credit/debit card and cash if you are applying through Travel Agencies in Dubai. You can also pay the visa fee directly at VFS centre when you are submitting your visa application and the documentation.

Processing Timelines and Status

Applications process will take 10-15 working days usually. You can track application status online or via phone. Opt for express service (additional charges apply) for faster processing if have urgent travel.

Entry Requirements and Visa Validity

Carefully check all visa conditions like permitted duration of stay, entry/exit dates, eligible activities, required documents to carry. Follow all rules to avoid issues.

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