About: visa policy

Council adopts changes to visa system in a bid to boost security

EU member states have approved changes to the European visa system aimed at increasing security in the Schengen area by providing for greater monitoring of short-stay and residence permits.
Global Europe 03-12-2020

United States toughens visa rules for ‘malign’ Chinese Communist Party members

US President Donald Trump’s administration has restricted travel to the United States by Chinese Communist Party members and their families, the New York Times newspaper reported on Thursday (3 December), a move China condemned as political oppression.
Global Europe 09-10-2017

US, Turkey mutually suspend visa services for ‘security reasons’

The US mission in Turkey and then the Turkish mission in Washington mutually scaled back visa services after a US consulate employee was arrested in Turkey, in the latest sign of fraying diplomatic relations between the NATO allies.
Brexit 28-09-2017

UK free to introduce visas on Poland and other EU members after Brexit

The UK will be free to introduce visas to Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, and may do so after its “orderly exit” from the Union, Britain’s chief negotiator David Davis said on Thursday today (28 September), answering a question from EURACTIV.com.
Global Europe 23-03-2017

US embassies ordered to identify population groups for tougher visa screening

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has directed US diplomatic missions to identify "populations warranting increased scrutiny" and toughen screening for visa applicants in those groups, according to diplomatic cables seen by Reuters.

Reuniting refugee families ‘not a priority’ for Berlin

Recognised asylum seekers face huge difficulties bringing their families to Germany, Syrian refugees included. In comparison to other EU member states, Germany has particularly high bureaucratic requirements. EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel reports.

US passes bill to keep away ‘foreign fighters’

The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly yesterday (8 December) to tighten restrictions on travel to the United States by citizens of 38 nations who are allowed to enter the country without obtaining a visa.

Bulgaria links US visa treatment to TTIP

The Bulgarian minister of economy has stated that during the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks the United States should lift the visa requirements on the country’s nationals, Dnevnik, the EURACTIV partner in Bulgaria wrote yesterday (26 November).

EU gives US six months to come clean on visa policy

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission has told the United States to lift visa requirements on Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Croatia, whose citizens still need an entry permit to travel to the country.

US shutdown could affect five EU states’ visa services

The US government began a partial shutdown today (1 October), potentially putting up to 1 million workers on unpaid leave, closing national parks and stalling medical research projects. Consular services could also be affected, causing difficulties to nationals of five EU countries still subject to US visa requirements.
Economy & Jobs 22-03-2012

Tajani wants ‘more flexible’ visas to lure foreign tourists

Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani, in charge of enterprise and industry, has pleaded for easing visa requirements on foreign tourists, starting with nationals from Russia, China and Brazil. In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV, he said the proposal could deliver much-needed growth for Europe in times of crisis.

Sword of Damocles hangs over visa liberalisation

The EU yesterday (8 November) lifted visa requirements for citizens from Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, an unprecedented monitoring mechanism has been set up which could reintroduce visas for several Western Balkan countries should difficulties arise.

Schengen celebrates, prepares for enlargement

Bulgaria and Romania have both moved closer to Schengen area as the European Commission today (14 June) marks the 25th anniversary of the Schengen Agreement, providing for the gradual abolition of frontier checks at their common borders with other EU countries.

Pragmatism prevails at EU-Russia summit

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is hosting EU leaders today (1 June) for a summit aimed at putting aside past differences and focusing on reviving trade and boosting troubled economies.
Central Europe 06-05-2010

MEPs ask Canada to lift visa requirements for all EU citizens

The European Parliament called on Canada to ensure visa-free travel for all EU citizens in a wide-ranging resolution adopted yesterday (5 May) by a show of hands. EURACTIV Czech Republic contributed to this article.

European Court decision gives hope to Turkish travellers

A recent European Court of Justice ruling has increased the chances of speeding up the abolition of visa requirements for Turkish citizens visiting the EU, the president of Turkey's Economic Development Foundation (IKV), Professor Haluk Kabaalioglu, told EURACTIV Turkey in an interview.

EU Parliament set to ‘re-open’ visa deal with US

The prospect of a swift ratification of the Lisbon Treaty following the Irish 'yes' last weekend will allow the European Parliament to re-open sensitive dossiers, including bilateral agreements on visa waivers with the United States that involve the transfer of personal data.

EU backs Prague in Canada visa row

Jacques Barrot, the European Commission vice-president in charge of justice, freedom and security, said yesterday (21 September) that he would ask EU countries to adopt retaliatory measures against Canada if it does not move to lift visa restrictions on Czech citizens by the end of the year.
Languages & Culture 13-07-2009

EU-Balkan visa deal slated as ‘anti-Muslim’

The European Commission is due to offer visa-free travel to the citizens of Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro this week, triggering criticism of the plan's alleged inconsistencies and bias against Muslim minorities in the Western Balkans.

Croatia’s EU talks to resume after long dispute

Slovenia is expected to unblock Croatia's EU accession talks at a ministerial meeting today (15 June). The two countries have clashed for several months over disputed territories on the Adriatic coast.

Romania offers citizenship to Moldovans

The latest development since Moldova's elections earlier this month saw Romanian President Traian Basescu yesterday (14 April) order the simplification of procedures for granting citizenship to ethnic Romanians living in Moldova, saying a million requests were waiting in his country's embassy in Chisinau.

EU threatens to slap visa sanctions on US

Highlighting the lack of progress towards obtaining visa-free travel to the US for all EU citizens, the Commission yesterday (23 July) warned that it may force American diplomats to apply for visas to travel to the European Union.
Elections 06-06-2008

Obama nomination raises hopes in Europe

Senator Barack Obama's victory in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination in the US gave many European politicians the opportunity to express their wishes for the post-Bush era, although the candidate's views on trade policy appear to be of some concern to the Commission.
Global Europe 08-05-2008

Interview: EU did ‘right thing’ ahead of Serbian elections

The EU acted boldly by signing the Stabilisation and Association Agreement with Serbia ahead of the early parliamentary elections on 11 May, Goran Svilanovic, the former minister of foreign affairs of Serbia and Montenegro, told EURACTIV in an interview. He also welcomed the EU's recent visa facilitation initiative.