The EU: To keep border control checks in the Schengen Area for at least two other years

The postponement of temporary internal border control checks, reintroduced in 2016 in the passport-free Schengen Area, is likely to happen for at least another two (2) more years to prevent any terrorist act – said Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos of the European Commission. According to what he said once he spoke.. read more →

18 Sep 2017

Romania and Bulgaria to Join the Schengen Area ‘immediately’ and Western Balkan to have a better integration prospect– said Juncker

Provoked by the Brexit events, the President of the European Commission (EC) Jean-Claude Juncker in his annual speech about the situation of the EU this Wednesday, has called for the Romania and Bulgaria to be immediately added to the Schengen visa-free travel zone, for Croatia to get the full membership in the Schengen zone after.. read more →

14 Sep 2017

EU to Create General Search Engine for Data on Terrorist Activities

The European Union (EU) will create a general search engine for databases on terrorist activities that will improve the intelligence and security services of the member states, a diplomatic source from the regional bloc said on Friday. The spokesperson explained that ‘as part of the measures of the fight against terrorism, the European Agency for.. read more →

10 Sep 2017

EU Border Controls: Not to be REMOVED in November 2017

It seems that the end of EU border checks within the EU free-passport area, agreed in response to the massive influx of migrants of 2015 that invaded this area, is not very near. Despite that in May 2017 the European Commission set an objective, the removal in 11 November of the existing EU border controls.. read more →

29 Aug 2017

Klympush-Tsintsadze: Ukraine’s next goal is negotiations to join Schengen zone

Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze has said that the next goal of Kyiv is the launch of negotiations on Ukraine’s joining the Schengen zone. “One of the tasks we set is the start of a dialog on Ukraine’s joining the Schengen zone,” she said in an interview with.. read more →

20 Jul 2017

Estonia opens thirteen new visa centres in China

Estonia has opened 13 additional visa centres in China to help the Chinese citizens apply for a Schengen area visa. In addition to the existing facilities in Beijing and Shanghai, people can apply for an Estonian visa at VFS Global visa application centres in Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Jinan, Kunming, Nanjing, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Xi´an and.. read more →

20 Jul 2017

How to Book a Round Trip Reservation or Flight Itinerary for Visa Application

Each time you are about to visit a Schengen Country, the Embassy or Consulate of the particular Schengen country will often ask you, as a foreign national who needs a Schengen Visa, proving to hold a Booked Flight Itinerary and/or Flight Reservation. Sometimes, they might even ask you to submit the actual Air or Flight.. read more →

17 Jul 2017

Schengen visas may be lifted for Omanis and other Gulf Cooperation Council nationals

According to Roland Dubertrand, the outgoing French ambassador to Oman, We are discussing the complete lifting of visas for Omanis and other Gulf citizens to countries of the EU. The visa requirements have already been lifted for citizens of the UAE because they asked before Oman and other Gulf countries; however, the process is ongoing… read more →

05 Jul 2017

Croatia becomes part of the Schengen Information System (SIS)

As of today, Croatia is connected to the Schengen Information System (SIS), the most widely used information sharing system for security and border management in Europe. Croatia will now be able to exchange information with other Member States through SIS on persons wanted in relation to terrorism and other serious crimes, missing persons and certain.. read more →

27 Jun 2017

MEP Urges Kosovo To Work on Visa Liberalisation

In an interview with BIRN, MEP Tanjа Fajon urges Kosovo’s politicians to take decisive action – if they want their citizens to eventually enjoy visa-free travel into the EU’s passport-free Schengen area. Tanja Fajon, the European Parliament’s rapporteur for Kosovo on the process of visa liberalization, told BIRN that the time when Kosovo citizens will.. read more →

20 Jun 2017