Number of foreign visas issued to Russians reduces by third in 2015

The visa market in Russia fell 37 percent year-on-year in 2015, due to the economic crisis and biometry requirements of Schengen zone countries, according to the statistical data provided by VisaToHome company. The company said that the mandatory finger-printing requirement, introduced for Schengen visas in the fourth quarter of 2015, reduced the number of visa.. read more →

09 Feb 2016

Spain Streamlines Visa Procedures for Chinese Citizens

Spain will expedite the processing of entry permits to Chinese citizens with the opening in February of 12 new centers for the reception of visa applications in China, the Foreign Ministry said. According to the statement, last January 12, Madrid sought Chinese government approval to open Visas Collection Centers in cities such as Chengdu, Jinan,.. read more →

28 Jan 2016

Austria suspends Schengen agreement, steps up border control, tells EU to sort out migrant crisis

Vienna is radically changing its policy towards migrants and refugees, Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann told local media. Faymann said that with the new measures introduced at Austria’s borders, the existence of “the whole EU is in question.” “All refugees must be controlled, economic migrants must be sent to the countries of their origin,” Faymann said.. read more →

18 Jan 2016

Germany sees Schengen “in danger” with new EU border curbs

Last week Norway, which is not an EU member but does belong to the Schengen area, said it would start turning back refugees without visas arriving from elsewhere in the Schengen zone. Germany on Monday (Jan 4) warned the passport-free Schengen zone was “in danger” after Nordic countries announced new controls at their borders to.. read more →

04 Jan 2016

Introducing 10 countries where getting a Schengen Visa is trickier

Applying for a Schengen Visa can be a tricky procedure especially when eager to obtain it. Therefore, be cautious and do not allow your laziness, or sluggishness guide you towards mistakes when approaching the application procedure. More often than not, being attentive to petty, tiny components makes all the difference when ready to apply for.. read more →

21 Dec 2015

European Parliament votes to exempt Emiratis from Schengen visa

The European Parliament on Tuesday took the final step in exempting Emiratis from the Schengen visa by voting overwhelmingly for the resolution. The Head of the UAE Mission to the European Union and Ambassador to Belgium, Sulaiman Al Mazrouei, said 537 of 667 EP members voted in favour of granting a visa waiver to Emiratis.. read more →

17 Dec 2015

EU Delays Reports On Georgia, Ukraine Visa Liberalization

(Civil.Ge) – EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said without elaborating details that “the work is still going on” in the European Commission and the reports will be out “this month, in the coming days.” Georgia’s ambassador to the EU Natalie Sabanadze said the release of the reports was delayed because of Ukraine. She said the.. read more →

15 Dec 2015

Hey, Europe, Don’t Turn Little Kosovo Into a Big Problem

Officials in Brussels may this week recommend that Ukrainians and Georgians should be able to travel to the European Union without visas, deploying one of the bloc’s more powerful tools for making friends and influencing neighbors. Nothing of the kind, however, is expected for Kosovo. Why? This perhaps sounds like small beer: Kosovo’s a tiny place, and visaless.. read more →

14 Dec 2015

EU to release Georgia’s visa liberalisation progress report tomorrow

Will Georgian citizens be able to travel to the European Union (EU) visa free? The answer to this highly anticipated question will be known tomorrow when a report by EU experts is released. The report will assess Georgia’s progress of implementing its Visa Liberalisation Action Plan (VLAP) and will determine whether or not the country was.. read more →

14 Dec 2015

New EU chapter to open with reforms on Turkey’s agenda

With the EU clearing the path for the opening of at least one of the five chapters currently closed in Turkey’s long-stalled accession process, Ankara has turned its attention to a series of legislative reforms. After five years of standstill in negotiations with the EU, Chapter 17 on Economic and Monetary Policy will be opened.. read more →

13 Dec 2015