European Commission Proposes Changes to Schengen Visa
The Schengen visa
allows visitors to travel among twenty six European countries on a single visa. Studies have shown that most travellers are lost due to tiresome visa procedures resulting in a huge lose to the economy. It is hoped that proposals to aid the process of acquiring visas will result in attracting more visitors and subsequently result in a huge boost to the economy
Reducing the deadline from fifteen to ten days for processing and making a decision
Simplifying the list of required supporting documentation
Abolishing the requirement for travel insurance
Allowing visa application to be lodged in other EU consulates if the member state capable for processing the visa application
is neither present nor represented
Simplifying the procedure for regular travellers to allow multiply entry visas valid for three years
Simplifying the procedure for allowing online applications
Possibility for visa’s to be granted for up to fifteen days at the border for member states
Procedures for issuing of visa’s for attending major events
Introduction of a Touring-visa allowing travellers to move around the Schengen area for up to one year without staying in one member state for more than ninety days in any one hundred and eighty days period.
These changes still need to be reviewed by the Council of the European Union
and the European Parliament which is not expected until 2015.
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