Schengen Visa Facilitation Agreement

Agreements facilitating the issuance of visas promote contact between citizens between citizens and nationals of non-EU countries. The agreements facilitate the issuance of visas for short-term stays and do not exceed 90 days of stay within 180 days. Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Armenia to facilitate the issuance of visas (Official Journal of the European Union, 31 October 2013 no L 289/2) Agreements, all with similar content and structure, apply to planned stays in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in one semester (short stays). They apply to nationals of these countries around the world. So far, the EU has concluded visa facilitation agreements with the following third countries. On the basis of these agreements, both the EU and non-EU nationals benefit from simplified procedures for issuing visas. To this end, Regulation 1806/2018 (Article 7) provides for a visa reciprocity mechanism. EU Member States can also negotiate agreements on small border traffic with neighbouring third countries individually. These agreements allow border crossers in well-defined areas to cross the EU`s external borders under certain conditions without the need for a visa. You can access the agreements via the links on the right. The agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova amending the agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Moldova to facilitate the issuance of visas (modification of the agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Moldova on the facilitation of visa issuance) may follow bilateral negotiations.

They build on the progress made by the countries concerned in implementing important reforms in areas such as strengthening the rule of law, combating organised crime, corruption and illegal immigration, and improving administrative capacity for border control and document security. Visa facilitation agreements are linked to readmission agreements. Readmission agreements define procedures for returning persons (individuals, third-country nationals or stateless persons) to the EU or the partner country of the third country. The European Union has entered into visa facilitation agreements with these countries (followed by the date of signature/date of entry into force): the visa requirement for Albanian and Bosnian and Herzegovina nationals for stays in the Schengen area for up to 90 days during a semester from 15 December 2010 has also been abolished. This applies only to biometric passport holders. Nationals who do not hold a biometric passport still require a visa, in which case the above visa facilitation agreements apply. Kosovo nationals remain subject to the visa requirement, even if they hold a Serbian passport. The EU`s objective is to achieve full visa reciprocity with non-EU countries whose nationals are exempt from the visa requirement. As a result, EU citizens do not need a visa to travel to these third countries. On 19 December 2009, the visa requirement for nationals of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia for stays in the Schengen area of up to 90 days in one semester was lifted, provided they held a biometric passport.