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.
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.