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EU Announces Visa Relaxation for Gulf Nations

New EU regulations set to provide Gulf citizens with multiple-entry long stay visas as part of cooperation strategy.

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 EU Announces Visa Relaxation for Gulf Nations

The EU has announced the relaxation of visa rules for citizens of Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Bahrain, permitting multiple-entry visas over a five-year period. This decision, unveiled during the EU-GCC High-Level Forum on Regional Security and Cooperation, aims to enhance security cooperation and foster strategic ties between the Gulf States and the EU. The move signifies a harmonized approach towards issuing visas, aligning with the EU's strategic partnership with the Gulf, and is seen as a step towards a potential Schengen waiver.

This update standardizes visa regulations for GCC countries, streamlining travel procedures and strengthening relations between the EU and the Gulf region. Furthermore, it complements the GCC's plans for a unified tourist visa akin to the Schengen system, promising to facilitate travel logistics for residents and tourists alike in the future.


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