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

Civil liberties MEPs back visa waivers for Kosovo and Georgia

Plans to grant citizens of Kosovo and Georgia the right to travel to the Schengen area without a visa were backed by Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Monday. The Committee approved the visa waiver for Kosovo by 25 votes to 24 with 2 abstentions, and that for Georgia by 44 votes to 5. Kosovo Following.. read more →

05 Sep 2016

European Parliament Committee approves visa waiver proposal for Kosovo

The European Parliament Committee approved the visa waiver for Kosovo by 25 votes to 24 with 2 abstentions. shares Facebook Twitter Google+ read more →

05 Sep 2016

49 passengers, mostly Turks, without Schengen visa stuck in Vienna airport

Nearly fifty passengers, mostly Turks, have been stuck in a visa limbo in Vienna owing to their lack of a Schengen visa. The incident occurred after the British Airways Flight BA677 between Istanbul and London was forced to make an emergency landing due to a breakdown in Austrian capital Vienna on Friday. British Airways, the.. read more →

03 Sep 2016

The European Parliament Committee will vote on visa liberalization for Kosova and Georgia

The European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs will hear a report on September 5 on visa liberalization for Ukraine. “The Committee will also discuss the report on visa liberalization with Ukraine, together with Deputy Foreign Minister Olena Zerkal,” the EP website said in an announcement on Friday. It also reported that.. read more →

03 Sep 2016

Final vote on visa-free regime for Ukraine at European Parliament not scheduled yet

The European Parliament has not yet scheduled a final vote on the report, which will recommend putting Ukraine on the list of the third countries whose citizens may travel to Schengen area states without visas. An Ukrinform correspondent has learnt this from the press service of the EU’s legislative body. “On Monday, September 5, the.. read more →

30 Aug 2016

Brussels prepares EU-wide scheme for visa-free travel authorisation

As confirmed by EurActiv, the EU Commission is preparing a proposal to introduce the “European ESTA” based on the US model scheme, which requires international travelers that are exempt from visa requirements, to apply online and pay a 14$ fee before entering the territory. This proposal came due to heightened security concerns after the recent.. read more →

27 Aug 2016