Commission presents guidelines on stricter visa processing for Russian citizens

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is presenting guidelines to support Member States’ consulates in handling short-stay visa applications lodged by Russian citizens. Taking into account the heightened security risks the EU is facing following Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, consulates should conduct a strict assessment […]

Visa Digitalisation: Visa travel to the EU becomes easier

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is proposing the digitalisation of the Schengen visa process, replacing the visa sticker, and introducing the possibility to submit visa applications online through the European online visa platform. The New Pact on Migration and Asylum set the objective to fully digitalise […]

Agreement on EU instrument supporting border management and common visa policy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On Thursday, Parliament and the Council reached a political agreement on the border management fund for 2021-2027, worth 6.241 billion EUR. The fund will support strong and effective European integrated border management at the external borders, as well as a common visa policy to […]

Visa facilitation and readmission: agreements with Belarus now in force

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the EU-Belarus visa facilitation and readmission agreements enter into force. These agreements represent an important step in strengthening the EU’s engagement with the Belarusian people and civil society. They will pave the way for improved mobility of citizens, contributing to closer links between […]

Parliament adopts new rules for short-stay visas

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU will simplify procedures for requesting and issuing short-stay visas and will use its visa policy to encourage non-EU countries to cooperate on migration. Parliament approved on Wednesday the new EU Visa Code, already informally agreed with the Council of Ministers. The law […]

These countries have the most powerful passports

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content Travel broadens the mind, according to the oft-quoted idiom. But how far and how frequently you travel depends on a combination of factors. The opportunity to travel can be something of a luxury, […]

Brexit: visa-free access to the EU for UK nationals and to the UK for Europeans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. UK nationals would be able to enter the EU visa-free for short periods after the country’s exit, provided EU nationals enjoy the same conditions when travelling to the UK. With 38 votes to 8 and 3 abstentions, Civil Liberties Committee MEPs backed on Wednesday […]

New EU short-stay visas: more advantages for legitimate travellers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Simpler procedures for legitimate travellers and incentives for cooperating with the EU on migration are part of new rules on short-stay visas for non-EU nationals. Civil Liberties Committee MEPs backed, on Monday, changes to the EU Visa Code which establishes the procedures and conditions […]