I'm planning to travel to Europe (Malta) for a few days this coming Eid holidays. I still have a valid Schengen visa (valid until next month), but my UAE Residence Visa is expiring next month. I hold a Philippine passport. Just wondering if this will be an issue.

  • What passport do you have?
    – Mark Mayo
    Oct 6, 2013 at 21:24
  • Philippine passport...
    – B.b
    Oct 6, 2013 at 22:09
  • Which city in the UAE do you live/work in?
    – karancan
    Oct 6, 2013 at 23:28
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    So you're wondering if it'll be a problem on your return to the UAE?
    – Mark Mayo
    Oct 6, 2013 at 23:59
  • Leave and enter, I know you can't travel if your passport is less than 6 months I'm not sure if the residence visa would be an issue as well as mine would be expiring next month.
    – B.b
    Oct 7, 2013 at 4:02

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Once you have a visa, the rules regarding entry in the Schengen area are laid out in the Schengen Borders Code (Regulation 562/2006). The relevant part is article 5 (that's the consolidated version, this was added recently):

(a) they are in possession of a valid travel document entitling the holder to cross the border satisfying the following criteria:

(i) its validity shall extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Member States. In a justified case of emergency, this obligation may be waived;

(ii) it shall have been issued within the previous 10 years;

So your passport must be valid for at least three months after your intended departure date. There are a few other conditions but nothing that suggests that the UAE visa/residence permit would be an issue. On the UAE side, if it's like in (the countries I know in) Europe, you could probably reenter the country until the last day of validity of your residence permit but I really don't know.

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    "you could probably reenter the country until the last day of validity of your residence permit" - yup you can. Jun 18, 2016 at 14:27

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