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

Ukrainians can now travel to EU Member States without a visa

On May 11, 2017 the European Union and European Council representatives approved the request of Ukraine for visa-free travel. They have signed the document in Strasbourg, which means that Ukrainians can now travel to EU Member States without a visa for short stays. This has been deemed as a landmark in the history of Ukraine.. read more →

11 Jun 2017

Poroshenko Hails ‘Historic Day’ As Visa-Free EU Travel Deal Is Signed

The Representatives of the European Parliament and the European Council have signed a document in Strasbourg formalizing a long-awaited visa-liberalization deal with Ukraine. The deal was signed by the president of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, and Malta’s Interior Minister Carmelo Abela. Malta currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union. Ukrainian President Petro.. read more →

17 May 2017

EU approves visa-free travel for Ukrainians

Today the European Union approved visa-free travel for Ukrainian citizens over a lengthy period of waiting and consecutive delays. Ukrainians will no longer require visas to travel to most EU countries for tourism, family visits and business reasons. The visa-waiver is expected to come into force after 20 days after publication in the Official Journal of.. read more →

11 May 2017

President Iohannis: “Only country against Romania joining the Schengen area is Romania itself”

The only country that is against Romania joining the Schengen area is Romania itself said president Klaus Iohannis this Monday in an interview for Calea Europeana quoted by Hotnews. He explained that this is done through actions such as the attempt to pass the now infamous Emergency Ordinance no.13 this January which would have partially.. read more →

09 May 2017

Applicant #879

One year ago, the EC recommended visa liberalization for Kosovo. But Kosovars, the only Europeans who celebrate Europe Day, are still spending millions on visas and waiting in degrading embassy queues. Kosovars are the only people in Europe that celebrate May 9, Europe Day, even though they are the only citizens in Europe who cannot.. read more →

09 May 2017

EU to end internal Schengen visa controls by November

EU countries that imposed border controls in the passport-free Schengen area because of the migrant crisis should end them by November, Brussels said on Tuesday. Austria, Denmark, Germany, Sweden and non-EU Norway introduced the ID checks in 2015 and have been allowed to repeatedly prolong them at set intervals. Sweden said earlier Tuesday that it.. read more →

03 May 2017

Georgian citizens can travel to the Schengen Zone without a visa

On March 1, 2017, Georgians have been granted the freedom to travel to the Schengen Area member states. The signing ceremony took place in Brussels on the same day, while the regulation will come into full effect on 28 March, 2017. From 28 March, 2017 Georgian citizens holding biometric passports can travel to the Schengen Zone.. read more →

27 Mar 2017

Visa Statistics 2016: Schengen States issued 13.9 million visas for short stays

The statistics published recently by the European Commission reveal that 13.9 million applications for short-stay visas were lodged at the consulates of the Schengen States in 2016, 1.65% less than in 2015 and 9.17% less than in 2014, and declining for the third year in a row. The percentage of applications that were refused varied widely.. read more →

27 Mar 2017