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27 Jun 2016

EU and Kiribati sign visa waiver agreement

EU and Kiribati sign visa waiver agreementThe EU and the Republic of Kiribati signed a short-stay visa waiver Agreement in Brussels, Belgium last week.

The new visa regime provides for visa-free travel for EU citizens when travelling to the territory of Kiribati and for citizens of Kiribati when travelling to the EU (Schengen area), for a period of stay of 90 days in any 180-day period.

The agreement will encourage people-to-people contacts, boost tourism, and invigorate business between the EU and Kiribati.

In order to benefit from visa-free travel, citizens from the EU and Kiribati must be in possession of a valid ordinary, diplomatic, service/official or special passport.

The visa-free travel applies to all categories of persons and for any kind of purposes of travel (for instance tourism, cultural visits, scientific activities, family visits, business etc.), except to persons travelling for the purpose of carrying out a paid activity.

The agreement applies on a provisional basis as from 24 June 2016.

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