The UAE will host Expo 2020!
  • Arabic
Supported by the UAE National Media Council
We are in the process of developing and improving our website, and we invite you to participate in our brief survey to measure the level of your satisfaction
Satisfaction Survey For UAE Interact Website
رغبة منا بالتعرف على مستوى رضاكم عن موقعنا وبهدف تطويره وتحسينه، فقد قمنا بتصميم استبيان سريع لقياس مدى الرضا عن موقع دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة روعي في تصميم الاستبيان أن يكون قصيرا وسريعا كي لا نطيل عليكم، وعليه نرجو منكم التكرم باستكماله عن طريق الرابط التالي
استبيان رضا المتعاملين عن موقع دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة

More Schengen visa centres open in UAE

posted on 16/01/2015: 4021 views

Sweden has joined the growing list of countries outsourcing their visa services to a third party based in the UAE to speed up the processing of entry permits.

The Embassy of Sweden launched on Thursday the new visa application centres in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The centres, to be managed by VFS Global, are located at Wafi Mall, Level 2 in Dubai and Shining Tower, Level 25, in Abu Dhabi.

Dubai and Abu Dhabi residents wishing to travel to Sweden will no longer need to go to the country's embassy. The centres will receive the applications and turn them over to the diplomatic office. The assessment and decisions regarding all visas will still be handled by the embassy.

VFS Global, which operates 1,465 application centres in 118 countries, is an outsourcing and technology services specialist for diplomatic missions and governments worldwide.

Its centre in Dubai currently facilitates visa applications on behalf of France, Italy and Germany, among others.

"I am delighted to be able to offer a substantially increased [level of] service for Sweden visa applicants. VFS Global has presence both in Abu Dhabi and in Dubai and as visa applicants – as from today- can turn to them to apply,” says Sweden's Ambassador Jan Thesleff.

"We are getting closer to our customers and hopefully also shortening handling times. VFS Global handles applications for Sweden visa applicants in many places around the world and I am confident that doing so in the UAE will further increase our exchange with this important country.”

Visa applicants will pay a service fee to the centre when they submit their application.

The centre offers priority service to the disabled, senior applicants and pregnant women. There is also a premium lounge for those who prefer a more comfortable and personalized service.

Applicants get SMS alerts regarding the status of their application, at a nominal fee, and can avail themselves of "door-step delivery” of passports. – Gulf News -


03 May 2017 Entry visas on arrival for Indians with US visas or green card holders
04 August 2016 503 fake passports seized over six months at Dubai airport
03 August 2016 Senegal grants visa exemption for UAE nationals
28 July 2016 Record number of Emiratis visiting Britain using Electronic Visa Waver System
21 July 2016 UAE participates in meeting of Arab officials of immigration, naturalisation and passport authorities

Most Read