Russians, the largest recipients of Schengen Visas

Russia ranks number one worldwide in Schengen visa applications, whose number exceeds 3 million per year, while the level of visa denials remains one of the world’s lowest – 1.3 percent. In 2015, there were 3,467,317 applications for Schengen visas from Russia, including 68.1 percent for multiple visas (MEV), according to official data. Russia is followed.. read more →

05 Dec 2016

Non-EU travelers now will face a €5 fee to enter the passport-free Schengen Zone

‘Pre-clearance’ levy modeled on US scheme as Brussels boosts border security. Privileged travelers from the countries enjoying visa-free travel in the Schengen Zone, including Britain, have to pay a 5€ fee for ‘pre-clearance’ to be able to enter within the bloc’s border, as a part of the undertaken measures to increase border security. Under the.. read more →

16 Nov 2016

Turkey visa deal ‘unlikely’ in 2017 say EU officials

German EU officials have said the Turkish president is to blame for the lack of agreement after his remarks on the death penalty and a crackdown on media outlets. ‘Like this, nothing will proceed,’ EU officials claimed. EU plans to introduce visa-free travel for Turkish citizens by 2017 are unlikely to go ahead, according to.. read more →

03 Nov 2016

EU Commission recommends extending temporary internal border controls for a limited period of three months

The European Commission has today proposed a Recommendation, to be adopted by the Council, to prolong proportionate controls at certain internal Schengen borders in Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway, where controls already take place – according to the Council Recommendation of 12 May – for a period of a further three months. Despite the.. read more →

26 Oct 2016

Kuwait: Application for Schengen visa exemptions moving forward

Kuwait’s negotiations with the EU to have its citizens exempt from the Schengen visa are moving forward and is a high priority for the European body, a senior Kuwaiti official said yesterday. The Kuwaiti Foreign Minister’s Assistant for European Affairs Waleed Al-Khubaizi said the EU is now facing a sensitive struggle with security and counter-terrorism,.. read more →

13 Oct 2016

Solomon Islands Nationals can now travel visa free to all EU member states

Solomon Islands Nationals can now travel visa free to all EU member states following the signing of the SI-EU Short Stay Visa Waiver Agreement which facilitates this visa free travel to Europe. Solomon Islands Ambassador to the European Union, His Excellency Moses Kouni Mose and the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic (representing.. read more →

11 Oct 2016

Georgia gets green light for EU visa-free travel

EU states have agreed to grant Georgian nationals visa-free travel to the Schengen zone, once new safeguards are in place to suspend the deal in case of abuse. “The council takes the view that the entry into force of visa liberalisation for Georgia should be at the same time as the entry into force of.. read more →

06 Oct 2016

Civil liberties MEPs back plans to waive visa requirements for Ukrainians

Plans to waive visa requirements for Ukrainian citizens entering the Schengen area were approved by the Civil Liberties Committee on Monday. If approved by Parliament and Council, it will allow Ukrainians who have a biometric passport to enter the EU area without a visa for 90 days in any 180-day period, for business, tourist or.. read more →

27 Sep 2016

EU To Vote On Ukraine Visa Liberalization In October

European Parliament President Martin Schulz says he hopes the bloc will vote on visa liberalization for Ukraine in October. Schulz, speaking at an EU summit in Bratislava on September 16, said that before the European Parliament can vote on the issue, it must be approved by the parliamentary civil-liberties committee in a vote scheduled for.. read more →

17 Sep 2016

UK citizens may need visas to travel to Schengen Countries

UK citizens may have to apply for visas to travel to continental Europe post-Brexit, the British Home Secretary has suggested. Amber Rudd said reports the European Commission is considering plans for a visa programme to operate across the Schengen free movement area are a “reminder” that the UK is in a “two way negotiation” with.. read more →

12 Sep 2016