A quarter of all applications for visas at the Italian consulate in Dubai in 2017 were rejected, results from a recently compiled report seen by Arabian Business show.
With 40,558 applications in 2017, Italy receives the highest number of applications among all consulates in the UAE that grant visas for entry into the Schengen Area.
Out of the 33,914 applications filed with the Italian consulate in Dubai last year, 25.3% were rejected. The rejection rate for the 6,644 applications made in Abu Dhabi stood at 17.9%.
Schengen visas allow those carrying them entry into and unrestricted cross border travel for up to 90 days across any of the 26 European countries that are party to the Schengen Area agreement first introduced in 1995.
All but six countries that are part of the EU are part of the Schengen Area, with consulates of each country visas bearing the right to grant visas for entry.
Countries that are part of the Schengen Area are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
In this edition of Inside AB, Jeremy Lawrence and Shayan Shakeel look at the tips and tricks to making sure you secure your Schengen visa on time, and with the minimum hassle.
(Source: Arabianbusiness.com YouTube channel)