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

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

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

European travel information and authorisation system – Council agrees negotiating position

On 9 June 2017, the Council agreed a general approach on the proposal for a European travel information and authorisation system (ETIAS). The general approach constitutes the Council’s position for negotiations with the European Parliament. “ETIAS will help improve our security and protect our citizens. It will require all those who do not need a.. read more →

10 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