EU Commission recommends extending temporary internal border controls for a limited period of three months

The European Commission has today proposed a Recommendation, to be adopted by the Council, to prolong proportionate controls at certain internal Schengen borders in Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway, where controls already take place – according to the Council Recommendation of 12 May – for a period of a further three months. Despite the.. read more →

26 Oct 2016

Kuwait: Application for Schengen visa exemptions moving forward

Kuwait’s negotiations with the EU to have its citizens exempt from the Schengen visa are moving forward and is a high priority for the European body, a senior Kuwaiti official said yesterday. The Kuwaiti Foreign Minister’s Assistant for European Affairs Waleed Al-Khubaizi said the EU is now facing a sensitive struggle with security and counter-terrorism,.. read more →

13 Oct 2016

Solomon Islands Nationals can now travel visa free to all EU member states

Solomon Islands Nationals can now travel visa free to all EU member states following the signing of the SI-EU Short Stay Visa Waiver Agreement which facilitates this visa free travel to Europe. Solomon Islands Ambassador to the European Union, His Excellency Moses Kouni Mose and the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic (representing.. read more →

11 Oct 2016

Georgia gets green light for EU visa-free travel

EU states have agreed to grant Georgian nationals visa-free travel to the Schengen zone, once new safeguards are in place to suspend the deal in case of abuse. “The council takes the view that the entry into force of visa liberalisation for Georgia should be at the same time as the entry into force of.. read more →

06 Oct 2016

Civil liberties MEPs back plans to waive visa requirements for Ukrainians

Plans to waive visa requirements for Ukrainian citizens entering the Schengen area were approved by the Civil Liberties Committee on Monday. If approved by Parliament and Council, it will allow Ukrainians who have a biometric passport to enter the EU area without a visa for 90 days in any 180-day period, for business, tourist or.. read more →

27 Sep 2016

EU To Vote On Ukraine Visa Liberalization In October

European Parliament President Martin Schulz says he hopes the bloc will vote on visa liberalization for Ukraine in October. Schulz, speaking at an EU summit in Bratislava on September 16, said that before the European Parliament can vote on the issue, it must be approved by the parliamentary civil-liberties committee in a vote scheduled for.. read more →

17 Sep 2016

UK citizens may need visas to travel to Schengen Countries

UK citizens may have to apply for visas to travel to continental Europe post-Brexit, the British Home Secretary has suggested. Amber Rudd said reports the European Commission is considering plans for a visa programme to operate across the Schengen free movement area are a “reminder” that the UK is in a “two way negotiation” with.. read more →

12 Sep 2016

Civil liberties MEPs back visa waivers for Kosovo and Georgia

Plans to grant citizens of Kosovo and Georgia the right to travel to the Schengen area without a visa were backed by Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Monday. The Committee approved the visa waiver for Kosovo by 25 votes to 24 with 2 abstentions, and that for Georgia by 44 votes to 5. Kosovo Following.. read more →

05 Sep 2016

European Parliament Committee approves visa waiver proposal for Kosovo

The European Parliament Committee approved the visa waiver for Kosovo by 25 votes to 24 with 2 abstentions. read more →

05 Sep 2016

49 passengers, mostly Turks, without Schengen visa stuck in Vienna airport

Nearly fifty passengers, mostly Turks, have been stuck in a visa limbo in Vienna owing to their lack of a Schengen visa. The incident occurred after the British Airways Flight BA677 between Istanbul and London was forced to make an emergency landing due to a breakdown in Austrian capital Vienna on Friday. British Airways, the.. read more →

03 Sep 2016