The EU Commission has suggested let nationals of Qatar, Kuwait, and Oman travel to the EU without a visa. The yet-to-be-approved proposal would add them to the EU’s list of visa-exempt nations, making them eligible for ETIAS in November 2023.
The plan is based on an evaluation of several factors, including migration, economic security, public policy and security, and ties between the EU and the GCC members.
This new regulation, which will apply to ETIAS, will make it easier and faster for anybody holding a Qatari, Kuwaiti, or Omani passport to visit EU nations.
Josep Borrell, the EU’s High Representative/Vice President, stated:
“Our proposal to waive visa restrictions for Qatari and Kuwaiti nationals is a first step toward making travel to the European Union simpler for citizens from the whole region.”
A second request to include Oman in the visa waiver scheme has also been submitted. The EU intends to strengthen diplomatic connections with the Gulf Cooperation Council members through the visa exemption procedure (GCC).
In a recent interview with the Arabic international newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat, EU Ambassador Patrick Simonnet described how the country’s future visa exemption may assist boost collaboration between the two areas.
GCC nationals travelling to Europe would still be subject to other entry rules, including any EU COVID-19 limitations.