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Emiratis get EU visa-waiver

The announcement came after the bloc’s Security and Policy Committee gave its final authorization for the visa waiver

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UAE nationals will no longer require visas to visit most European Union (EU) states, an Emirati official announced Wednesday, according to the Kuwaiti news agency KUNA.

The announcement, made by Suleiman Hamed Salem Al Mazrouei, head of the UAE ‘s Mission to the EU, came after the bloc’s Security and Policy Committee gave its final authorization for the visa waiver.

“The endorsement represents the last legal procedure before the final formal approval by the European Parliament, whose Committee on Civil Liberties has already approved the visa waiver,” Mazrouei said.

The decision makes way for the EU Parliament to approve removing the UAE from a list of countries that require a visa to enter the Schengen area – an area comprising of 26 of the bloc‘s 28 member states.

A final visa-free resolution is expected to be announced within the next few weeks, Mazrouei added.

In December, the visa requirement for UAE citizens to visit the UK was abolished.