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Georgian PM Denies Claims That Georgia May Be Deprived of Schengen Visa Liberalization

Just a few weeks after the Georgian Justice Minister Tea Tsulukiani warned that visa-free travel with the Schengen zone is going through difficulties, the Georgian PM Mamuka Bakhtadze told to journalists that “it is groundless to say Georgia may be deprived of visa liberalization”. During a press conference, when asked whether there was a real..

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Erdogan: Visa Liberalization Is Turkey’s Top Priority

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has once again reiterated that visa liberalization with the Schengen countries is Turkey’s top priority. President Erdogan said so during the sixth meeting of the Reform Action Group (RAG), which was held on Europe Day on 9 May, for the first time under his chairmanship. “We need to give..

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Dutch PM: Romania Will Join Schengen Zone “When It Complies With the Rule of Law and Democracy”

The Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has once again showed that he opposes the accession of Romania to the Schengen Area anytime soon. During the EU summit in Sibiu, on May 9, PM Mark Rutte asserted that Romania would be ready to join the Schengen territory “when it complies with the rule of law and..

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10 Easiest Schengen countries to obtain a Schengen Visa

If you have been pondering with the idea of visiting the Schengen Area – you are not alone. Worldwide applications fly over Schengen countries’ Embassies daily, requiring profound analyzing of documents and the purposes of travel. Assuming you have already become familiar with the Schengen Visa types and the required documents for that matter, [...]

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Bavarian Minister President We Support Bulgaria’s Accession to Schengen

Bavarian Minister President Markus Soeder said on Thursday that the Federal German state of Bavaria supports Bulgaria’s accession to the border-less Schengen area. The Minister President said so during a press conference after a meeting with the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov at the Council of Ministers. He praised Bulgaria for [...]

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The Netherlands will ban the American hate preacher to enter Schengen area

The Dutch State Secretary of Justice and Security, Marc Harbers has confirmed on Wednesday that they won’t allow the American preacher Steven Anderson to enter the Netherlands and other Schengen member states. The decision is taken after authorities in the Netherlands were put in pressure from different parties and individuals, including many [...]

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Malta, Belgium and Portugal Have the Highest Schengen Visa Rejection Rates for 2018

The Schengen consulates abroad rejected 9.6% of the total number of short-stay visa applications in 2018. Statistics show that the rate of turned down applications by the Schengen consulates has continuously increased in the last four years, as follows: In 2015, the rejection rate for Schengen visa applications was 6.2%. In 2016, the denial rate..

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Slight Increase in Airport Transit Visa Applications in 2018

Despite that France removed the Airport Transit Visa requirement for Indian nationals, the number of overall applications for ATVs has increased by 5.6% from 2017 to 2018. The rejection rate has also slightly increased from 14.1% to 14.8%, with Belgium and Portugal leading the list for highest share of rejected applications. France, Germany [...]

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Number of Schengen Visa Applications From Turkey Drops for the First Time in Years

The Schengen Consulates in the Republic of Turkey have received about 9.5% less Schengen Visa applications in 2018, compared to the previous year. According to the latest Schengen Visa Statistics by SchengenVisaInfo.com 879,238 short-term visa applications to the Schengen Area were filed at the consulates located in Turkey. Figures show that [...]

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Georgian Minister of Justice Claims Visa-Free Regime With Europe Is “Facing Difficulties”

Georgian Justice Minister Tea Tsulukiani has warned that the visa-free travel to the Schengen zone for Georgians “is recently going through some particular difficulties.” After a meeting with Deputy Director-General for Migration and Home Affairs of the European Commission Simon Mordue, minister Tsulukiani said that the European countries are [...]

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