venerdì 28 novembre 2014

Colombia and Peru may have visa-free access to the Schengen area during 2015

European CommissionPress release
Brussels, 29 October 2014

European Parliament and Council Regulation No 509/20141 amended the lists of countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement.

We're speaking of 19 countries

  1. Colombia, 
  2. Dominica, 
  3. Grenada, 
  4. Kiribati, 
  5. Marshall Islands, 
  6. Micronesia, 
  7. Nauru, 
  8. Palau, 
  9. Peru, 
  10. Saint Lucia, 
  11. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 
  12. Samoa, 
  13. Solomon Islands, 
  14. Timor-Leste, 
  15. Tonga, 
  16. Trinidad and Tobago, 
  17. Tuvalu, 
  18. the United Arab Emirates 
  19. Vanuatu. 
For nationals of these 19 countries, the exemption from the visa requirement will only apply from the date of entry into force of an agreement on visa exemption to be concluded by each of these countries with the European Union.
The Commission will seek authorisation from the Council to negotiate short-stay visa waiver agreements with each of the two countries. If the Council grants such an authorisation, negotiations could start in the first trimester of 2015. Only after the agreements enter into force will visa-free for the citizens of these countries become a reality. This could happen, at the very earliest, in the second half Tf 2015.

PERU
More Peruvians are willing to travel to the Schengen area for tourism, business or other
types of short stays.

The number of Schengen visas issued in Peru has grown by 21% in the last four years.
While in 2010 the number of visas issued was 39914, by 2013 the number had reached 48488.

This increase is probably linked to the significant economic growth experienced by Peru in the last decade;

The vast majority of Peruvian applicants (93.3% in 2013) are considered to be bona fide
travellers who pose no risk and therefore obtain a short-stay visa, with the visa refusal rate
having decreased significantly in the last four years, from 11.6% in 2010 to 6.7% in 2013.

COLOMBIA
In 2013 the number of Schengen visas issued was 121019, which represents an increase of 42.7% compared to 2010.
This increase is probably linked to the significant economic growth experienced by Colombia in parallel with recent improvements in the security situation;


The vast majority of Colombian applicants (95.2% in 2013) are considered to be bona
fide travellers who pose no risk and therefore obtain a short-stay visa, with the visa refusal
rate having more than halved in four years, from 11.2% in 2010 to 4.8% in 2013.

An increasing proportion of these applicants (40.9% in 2013) are getting multiple entry visas,
which also indicates that the Schengen consulates have greater trust in Colombian applicants.

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