Great news for frequent travelers from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)! Talks are underway between the GCC and the European Union (EU) to potentially eliminate the need for Schengen visas for GCC citizens.

A Step Towards Easier Travel

This development, reported by the Qatar News Agency (QNA), signifies a potential breakthrough in facilitating travel between the two regions. Jasem Mohamed AlBudaiwi, Secretary General of the GCC, met with Luigi Di Maio, the EU’s special representative for the Gulf region, in Brussels to discuss this and other bilateral matters.

Benefits for GCC Travelers

If a visa waiver is achieved, GCC citizens traveling to the Schengen Zone, which encompasses 26 European countries, would no longer require a separate visa application process for each visit. This would significantly simplify travel arrangements and open doors to more spontaneous European adventures.

Aligning with Regional Efforts

This initiative coincides with the recent implementation of a Schengen-style visa system within the GCC. This new system allows visitors holding a single visa to travel freely across all GCC member states. The pursuit of a visa waiver with the EU reflects a growing focus on seamless travel experiences in both regions.

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