This might get a little confusing but bear with me.

  • Country of citizenship: India
  • Country of residence: Canada (work permit)
  • Countries I am about to visit: U.A.E. and the Greece

The decision to visit Greece was recent and so I do not have enough time between now and when I leave Canada to apply for my Greece tourist visa.

Since I am going to be spending about 3 weeks in the U.A.E. I was hoping to get my Greece tourist visa once there.

Then I came across this visa information page:

Only UAE nationals and nationals of third countries that are legal residents in UAE can apply for a visa at the Greece Visa Application Centre in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

I am not a U.A.E. national and only a tourist in U.A.E.

Would it be possible for me to get a Greece tourist visa while in U.A.E. ?

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No, you can not apply for a Schengen visa while you are on a tourist visa in UAE, only nationals of UAE or legal residents can apply. This also applies for all Schengen visas in any country while you are a tourist.

Please note, legal residents means people on immigrant or work visas, this does not include tourist visas.

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    +1 I think that's the correct interpretation but the sentence was already quoted in the question so it doesn't help much by itself…
    – Relaxed
    Jun 24, 2014 at 8:07
  • @Relaxed thanks! I thought it is a different one, I did not read the question carefully :) Jun 24, 2014 at 12:31

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