EU Tightens Schengen Visa Rules

EU Strictens Schengen Visa

EU Tightens: European Union member states’ ambassadors have reinforced regulations for visits to Europe, agreeing on a new measure empowering the EU to suspend visa-free travel for countries whose citizens can enter the Schengen area without visas. This measure is designed to address instances of misuse of visa-free travel or situations contrary to EU interests.

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Under the new law, EU countries can halt visa-free travel from a specific nation if their relationship deteriorates significantly, particularly concerning human rights violations or fundamental freedoms.

This move shows the awareness and care of EU countries for other people who would face consequences, if the wrong people take advantage of this Visa.

Moreover, the temporary suspension duration of visa exemption has been extended from 9 to 12 months, with the possibility of a further 24-month extension, compared to 18 months in the current system.

Throughout this suspension period, the European Commission will engage in dialogue with the concerned third country to address the underlying issues.

The Schengen area comprises 26 countries, with 23 of them being EU members. The remaining four nations, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland, and Switzerland, are non-EU members but part of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

These measures underscore the EU’s commitment to safeguarding its borders and upholding its values, while also emphasizing the importance of constructive dialogue and cooperation with external partners.

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