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

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