Romania and Bulgaria Qualify to Join Schengen Area

The European Commission thinks that Bulgaria and Romania have met all the requirements to join the EU’s free-travel Schengen Area, a spokesperson for the EU executive has been reported as saying. In the opinion of the Commission, Bulgaria and Romania qualify for entry into the Schengen Area, European Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva has told journalists.. read more →

12 Apr 2016

EU may require visas from Americans and Canadians: EU source

The European Union executive is considering whether to make U.S. and Canadian citizens apply for visas before traveling to the bloc, a move that could raise tensions as Brussels negotiates a trade pact with Washington. Only Britain and Ireland have opt-outs from the 28-nation EU’s common visa policy and the European Commission must decide by.. read more →

08 Apr 2016

Ukrainians receive twice more Schengen visa refusals

Ukrainians have received twice as many visa refusals from Schengen cosulates in 2015 than in 2013, online publication Evropeiska Pravda (European Truth) has reported. It cited the European Commission statistics on the work of all the consulates in the EU countries. Visas were denied to 1.7% Ukrainians in 2013 (the last pre-war year). The percent.. read more →

24 Mar 2016

Spain satisfied with Schengen visa waiver for Peruvians

Spain is fully satisfied with the entry into force of the Schengen visa waiver for Peruvians, Spanish Consul to Peru Andres Collado said after recalling that it was Madrid that made such proposal to the European Union (EU). “It is a quite positive step, so we are enormously satisfied. It is a fair measure, which.. read more →

21 Mar 2016

EU May Offer Georgia Visa-Free Travel, Delay On Ukraine

The European Commission appears ready to offer visa-free travel to Georgia, but could postpone a similar offer to Ukraine. In December, the European Commission said both countries had fulfilled the criteria to qualify for visa-free travel through the passport-free Schengen zone. The commission said it would send a proposal to that effect to EU member.. read more →

27 Feb 2016

No Schengen visa for me: A Pakistani scientist’s dilemma

In 2008, I left for Austria to pursue a PhD degree in Computer Engineering. I got a Schengen visa without any hassle. My five-year stay in Austria was an unforgettable experience with some indelible memories. During my stay in Europe, I visited several countries to attend scientific events — including France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Slovenia,.. read more →

27 Feb 2016

Study: Germany to lose 77 billion euros with Schengen border checks

Dusseldorf, Germany (dpa) – The German economy stands to lose hundreds of billions of euros if Europe reintroduces internal border controls to help manage its influx of migrants, a study showed Monday. Europe‘s largest economy could lose between 77 billion and 235 billion euros (84.9 billion-259.1 billion dollars) by 2025 if countries in Europe‘s visa-free.. read more →

23 Feb 2016

Peruvians to be allowed to travel within Schengen Area with traditional passports

Good news! Peruvians will no longer need a biometric passportto travel to the Schengen region. Once the agreement of the elimination of the Schengen visa comes into full force, Peruvians will be allowed to travel without a visa to the 20+ countries as long as they have valid documents, either a biometric passport or a.. read more →

17 Feb 2016

Turkey meets most EU requirements for visa-free travel

Speaking at Parliament’s Planning and Budget Commission on Saturday, EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Volkan Bozkır spoke about the removal of visa requirements for Turkish citizens visiting the EU, saying that he expects them to be lifted in October 2016. He also mentioned the chapters that Ankara still has to complete to be admitted into.. read more →

15 Feb 2016

European Commission to Formally Propose EU Members to Lift Visas for Georgia in ‘Coming Weeks’

The European Commission will put forward a legislative proposal on visa waiver for Georgia “in the coming weeks,” European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy Johannes Hahn said after meeting Georgian PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili in Brussels on February 9. After the formal proposal is made, it will be then up to the EU-member states and the European.. read more →

10 Feb 2016