Schengen Visa News

Crimea and Donbass Residents with Russian Passports Can No Longer Apply for Schengen Visas

The European Union has made another move to show that it does not intend to support Crimea’s annexation by Russia, and the Donbass armed conflict. In its most recent move, the EU has decided to no longer grant Schengen visas to residents of the Crimean peninsula and the region of Donbass with passports issued by the Russian Federation after March 2014. The new measure was announced by the Ambassador of the European Union to the Russian Federation, [...]

By | 2019-08-16T16:28:53+00:00 August 16th, 2019|Schengen Visa News|

Over Six Million Schengen Visa Applications Lodged in 2018, 25% of Them for France

The consulates of the common travel area of Schengen located abroad have received over 16 million Schengen visa applications for the second year in a row. Despite that there was a decrease of under 1%, compared to 2017, this is the second highest number of applications that the Schengen consulates have received in the recent years. 16,007,785 applications for a Schengen visa were lodged in 2018, 9.6% of which were turned down. This is the highest rate [...]

By | 2019-08-03T15:18:27+00:00 April 25th, 2019|Schengen Visa News|

Schengen Area May Reintroduce Visas for Albanians Traveling to the Member States

The Netherlands may soon propose to the European Commission to suspend visa-free traveling to the Schengen Area for Albanian nationals. Last week the Dutch Parliament supported a motion initiated by four MPs from different parties, asking the government to suggest the suspension of Schengen visa liberalization for Albania. According to this motion, filed by MP Madeleine van Toorenburg of the Christian Democrats, there is a substantial increase in criminal activities by the Albanian Mafia in the Netherlands. [...]

By | 2019-08-03T15:18:27+00:00 April 15th, 2019|Albania Visa/Passport News, Schengen Visa News|

EP and Council Agree to Increase Schengen Visa Fees

Third country nationals will soon need to pay a higher fee when applying for a Schengen Visa to the EU countries. The European Parliament and Council have voted pro a new EU Visa Code, which among others increases the fee for a Schengen visa application from €60 to €80. According to a press release of the European Parliament, the Parliament and Council negotiators supported the proposed changes, and now the new code will be passed to the [...]

By | 2019-08-26T09:11:02+00:00 January 31st, 2019|Schengen Visa News|

MEPs Vote for Romania and Bulgaria to Join Schengen

The European Parliament members have given the green light for the accession of Romania and Bulgaria into the Schengen Zone, in a plenary session on December 11. With a majority of votes, the EP members approved a call for the swift admission of both EU countries into the borderless EU area. According to a press release of the European Parliament, the MEPs called on the EU Council to take a swift and affirmative decision, adopting the non-legislative [...]

By | 2019-08-03T15:18:59+00:00 December 12th, 2018|Schengen Visa News|

EU proposes visa-free travel for Britons after Brexit

The European Commission has decided that UK nationals should not fall under the Schengen visa regime, after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union at the end of March next year. During today’s meeting in Strasbourg, the senior executives of the European Union have come up with a proposal that EU should permit British passport holders to enter its territory for short-stays without a visa. Still, according to a press release of the European Commission, the UK [...]

By | 2019-08-26T08:58:34+00:00 November 13th, 2018|Schengen Visa News, UK Visa/Passport News|

European Parliament gives green light to Kosovo visa liberalization

The European Parliament has given the green light to Kosovo visa liberalization, by approving the opening of visa talks. With 420 votes pro, 186 against, and 20 abstentions, now the proposal for the amendment of the regulation to move Kosovo under the Annex of visa free entities, moves to the Council of Ministers for adaption. If the EU Council adapts the change of the regulation by a qualified majority, Kosovo citizens may be able to travel visa-free [...]

By | 2019-09-25T10:17:04+00:00 September 13th, 2018|Schengen Visa News|

Indians No Longer Require Airport Transit Visa in France

Indian nationals will no longer have to go through all the processes and requirements for obtaining an Airport Transit Visa (ATV) for France, since they are no longer required to be in possession of such a visa to transit French airports. Since 23rd of July and on, every Indian passport holder is permitted to go through the international zone of any airport in France without the need to present an Airport Transit Visa. Ambassador of France to [...]

EU Grants Same-sex Spouses the Same Freedom of Movement Rights as Straight Couples

On June 5th, 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union passed a ruling which gave same sex spouses freedom of movement anywhere within the EU, even if the country itself has not yet made same sex marriage legal. This is an unprecedented ruling as 6 out of the 28 EU countries have yet to legalize same sex marriage. Gay couples are not recognized in these countries and do not fit the definition of marriage. However, [...]

By | 2019-08-19T15:21:24+00:00 June 7th, 2018|Schengen Visa News|

Likelihood of post-Brexit UK falling under ETIAS program sparks fury among Britons

Wednesday’s agreement of the European Parliament representatives and the European Council Presidency on the proposal for the establishment of a European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) has sparked anger among British citizens and tabloids, which have not hesitated to show their disapproval. Headlines as “EU must be joking”, “Britons forced to pay €7 for Europe visa”, “Brexit Bombshell” etc, have dominated the top-selling UK newspapers, after it was revealed that Britain might be along the third countries that fall [...]

By | 2019-08-03T15:23:39+00:00 April 30th, 2018|Schengen Visa News|