France creates a special visa for entrepreneurs, engineers and investors

Just before the 2017 presidential election in France, its government announced a last thing about foster startups in France – the French Tech Visa – a new program for foreign tech talent that will make it easier for you and your family to get a four-year visa to France. France’s Minister of State for Digital.. read more →

27 Jan 2017

Italy to resume giving Schengen visa for Libyans from Tripoli

The Italian Ambassador to Libya, Giuseppe Perrone, said his country’s embassy in Tripoli will start granting Libyans Schengen visas in February. In a meeting with the Head of the High Council of State, Abdel Rahman Al-Swehli, Perrone explained that in addition to opening the embassy for visa applications, the Italian government decided to resume flights.. read more →

20 Jan 2017

Schengen Visa holders no longer good for entry to Panama

Most EU visitor visas will no longer be accepted for entry into Panama under a new decree highlighting a general tightening of migration restrictions in Central America. The sudden change in policy, reported in Panamanian media Saturday, comes a month after a similar step in neighboring Costa Rica. Both countries will continue to accept visitor.. read more →

16 Jan 2017

European Parliament Committee Backs Georgia Visa-Free Travel

The European Parliament’s civil liberties committee voted overwhelmingly for visa liberalization for Georgia to the EU’s Schengen zone. The January 12 vote paves the way for a final vote in the parliament as early as February. Before the visa-free regime enters into force the final translations and approval of the visa-suspension mechanism by both the.. read more →

13 Jan 2017

Visas: Council confirms agreement on visa liberalisation for Georgia

On 20 December 2016, the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) confirmed, on behalf of the Council, the agreement reached on 13 December with the European Parliament on visa liberalisation for Georgia. The agreement provides for visa-free travel for EU citizens when travelling to the territory of Georgia and for citizens of this country when travelling to the.. read more →

21 Dec 2016

Costa Rica Eliminates Entry for Schengen Visa Holders

Costa Rica has changed its migration policy to stop visitors using visas for the EU’s Schengen zone or for Japan from entering the country, causing many “problems,” according to one official. The decision was not explained.  It came into effect on Tuesday, just as the tropical Central American country was gearing up for its end-of-year high.. read more →

19 Dec 2016

EU reaches deal to grant visa-free travel to 50 million Ukrainians and Georgians

The EU has reached the agreement to grant visa-free travel to 50 million Georgians and Ukrainians, The Independent reports. The deal has been struck on Thursday to end an internal EU dispute,which held up the promised measures up to now. Although, the deal must still be formally approved by the rest of the member states.. read more →

08 Dec 2016

Russians, the largest recipients of Schengen Visas

Russia ranks number one worldwide in Schengen visa applications, whose number exceeds 3 million per year, while the level of visa denials remains one of the world’s lowest – 1.3 percent. In 2015, there were 3,467,317 applications for Schengen visas from Russia, including 68.1 percent for multiple visas (MEV), according to official data. Russia is followed.. read more →

05 Dec 2016

Non-EU travelers now will face a €5 fee to enter the passport-free Schengen Zone

‘Pre-clearance’ levy modeled on US scheme as Brussels boosts border security. Privileged travelers from the countries enjoying visa-free travel in the Schengen Zone, including Britain, have to pay a 5€ fee for ‘pre-clearance’ to be able to enter within the bloc’s border, as a part of the undertaken measures to increase border security. Under the.. read more →

16 Nov 2016

Turkey visa deal ‘unlikely’ in 2017 say EU officials

German EU officials have said the Turkish president is to blame for the lack of agreement after his remarks on the death penalty and a crackdown on media outlets. ‘Like this, nothing will proceed,’ EU officials claimed. EU plans to introduce visa-free travel for Turkish citizens by 2017 are unlikely to go ahead, according to.. read more →

03 Nov 2016