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Schengen Visa Postpones Cause Frustration Among UAE Residents

Schengen Visa Postpones Cause Frustration Among UAE Residents

Residents of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) choose different holiday destinations than Europe. Countries like Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia are growing in popularity, especially as the Eid Al-Adha holiday at the end of June approaches.

According to some digital travel agencies, it is becoming increasingly difficult for some travelers from the United Arab Emirates to obtain a Schengen visa. There are delays in obtaining visa appointments, forcing them to look elsewhere.

Airline tickets to Europe have become expensive while some UK and European airports are facing strikes causing flight disruptions. This increases the challenges for travelers considering European destinations.

Ghassan Al-Khatib, a Dubai-based luxury travel expert, said pledges from embassies to resolve visa backlogs only prompt travelers to consider other places to visit.

One of the reasons behind the delays in Schengen visas could be the move to a digitized process called ETIAS. However, it will still take around two years for full implementation.

Travelers from the UAE are also happy about uniform airfares to destinations outside of Europe. Fares to Southeast Asia were flat and contributed to this positive result.

Direct flights to Thailand cost between 164 and 242 euros from 23 to 30 June. Flight tickets for Bali can range from 645 to 297 euros, depending on the date.

A trip to Japan can cost around €300 unless it is a direct flight which can be more expensive at up to €610.

From July 1st, when the summer holidays begin, prices for most Southeast Asian destinations are expected to increase from €393 to €694.

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