Thousands of visa abuses at Hungarian embassy in Moscow

Thousands of business visas were issued by Hungary’s embassy in Moscow in 2013 without proper checks, according to an internal report of the Hungarian foreign ministry . The foreign ministry, wanting to keep the report secret, only published the document on Wednesday after a small opposition green party, the LMP, won a legal battle against.. read more →

10 Feb 2017

Schengen area: Council recommends prolongation of internal border controls

On 7 February 2017, the Council adopted an implementing decision setting out a recommendation to prolong temporary internal border controls in exceptional circumstances. Starting from 11 February 2017, when the previous decision expires, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway should prolong proportionate temporary border controls for a maximum period of three months at the following.. read more →

08 Feb 2017

European Parliament Approves Visa-Free Schengen Travel For Georgia

The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to approve visa liberalization for Georgia, paving the way for Georgians to travel to the European Union’s Schengen zone without obtaining visas. European lawmakers backed visa liberalization, long anticipated in Georgia, by a vote of 553 to 66, with 28 abstentions. Georgians will still have to wait for the.. read more →

02 Feb 2017

France creates a special visa for entrepreneurs, engineers and investors

Just in time before the 2017 presidential election in France, the current French government wanted to announce one last thing to foster French startups. The French Tech Visa is a new program for foreign tech talent. It’s an easier way to get a four-year visa for you and your family. France’s Minister of State for.. read more →

27 Jan 2017

Italy to resume giving Schengen visa for Libyans from Tripoli

The Italian Ambassador to Libya, Giuseppe Perrone, said his country’s embassy in Tripoli will start granting Libyans Schengen visas in February. In a meeting with the Head of the High Council of State, Abdel Rahman Al-Swehli, Perrone explained that in addition to opening the embassy for visa applications, the Italian government decided to resume flights.. read more →

20 Jan 2017

Schengen Visa holders no longer good for entry to Panama

Most EU visitor visas will no longer be accepted for entry into Panama under a new decree highlighting a general tightening of migration restrictions in Central America. The sudden change in policy, reported in Panamanian media Saturday, comes a month after a similar step in neighboring Costa Rica. Both countries will continue to accept visitor.. read more →

16 Jan 2017

European Parliament Committee Backs Georgia Visa-Free Travel

The European Parliament’s civil liberties committee voted overwhelmingly for visa liberalization for Georgia to the EU’s Schengen zone. The January 12 vote paves the way for a final vote in the parliament as early as February. Before the visa-free regime enters into force the final translations and approval of the visa-suspension mechanism by both the.. read more →

13 Jan 2017

Visas: Council confirms agreement on visa liberalisation for Georgia

On 20 December 2016, the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) confirmed, on behalf of the Council, the agreement reached on 13 December with the European Parliament on visa liberalisation for Georgia. The agreement provides for visa-free travel for EU citizens when travelling to the territory of Georgia and for citizens of this country when travelling to the.. read more →

21 Dec 2016

Costa Rica Eliminates Entry for Schengen Visa Holders

Costa Rica has changed its migration policy to stop visitors using visas for the EU’s Schengen zone or for Japan from entering the country, causing many “problems,” according to one official. The decision was not explained.  It came into effect on Tuesday, just as the tropical Central American country was gearing up for its end-of-year high.. read more →

19 Dec 2016

EU reaches deal to grant visa-free travel to 50 million Ukrainians and Georgians

The EU has reached the agreement to grant visa-free travel to 50 million Georgians and Ukrainians, The Independent reports. The deal has been struck on Thursday to end an internal EU dispute,which held up the promised measures up to now. Although, the deal must still be formally approved by the rest of the member states.. read more →

08 Dec 2016