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Coronavirus: Travel Insurance May Not Offer Coverage for EU Travellers

Thousands of EU citizens have been left stranded abroad due to the recent travel restrictions as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Being stranded in a foreign country during a pandemic naturally brings about worries about health insurance – namely, are EU nationals abroad covered by their travel insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic? The coronavirus …

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EU Commission Explains Increased Fees and Other New Schengen Visa Application Rules

Travelers in need of a Schengen Visa will have to apply for one according to the new rules, introduced by the updated Schengen Visa Code, as of Sunday, February 2, 2020. The new rules on short-stay visas will apply worldwide as of Sunday, to the nationals of 105 non-EU countries or entities that are required …

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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 …

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Germany Remains Top Favorite for EU Blue Card Applicants

Germany Remains Top Favorite for EU Blue Card Applicants

Despite an overall continuously increasing number of EU Blue Card applications since the program was introduced six years ago, Germany is still the top favorite country for highly skilled migrants. A report published recently by Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) shows that Germany has issued 85% of the total number of Blue …

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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 …

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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 …

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EU proposes visa-free travel for Britons after Brexit

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 …

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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. …

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