EU will adopt visa exempt screening

June 12, 2017 by  
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LUXEMBOURG, 12 July 2017: EU countries on Friday backed a proposal to adopt new security checks for Europe’s borderless Schengen area, in which visa-exempt travellers will be screened online prior to arrival.

Dubbed ETIAS, the proposal is based on a US system that would allow EU countries to quickly cross check identity documents and other details from visa-exempt travellers with a host of databases.

Nationals from nearly 60 countries currently do not need to have visas to travel the Schengen zone, including those from the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, Chile, Argentina as well as European neighbours like Albania and Bosnia. Read more

EU to charge security fee

November 17, 2016 by  
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BRUSSELS, 17 November 2016: The EU unveiled plans Wednesday to charge travellers five euros (USD5.30) for security checks to get visa-free travel to Europe’s borderless Schengen area, and confirmed the fee would apply to visitors from post-Brexit Britain.

The proposal is based on a US system and will allow EU countries to quickly cross check identity documents and other details from visa-exempt travellers with a host of data bases.

Nationals from nearly 60 countries are exempt from having visas to the Schengen zone, including those from the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, Chile, Argentina as well as neighbours like Albania and Bosnia. Read more

Terror attack shakes Schengen

January 14, 2015 by  
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MADRID, 14 January 2015: European leaders have yet to decide whether to restore border controls within the Schengen zone, Spain’s prime minister said Monday, after Madrid made a push for the visa-free treaty to be modified in the wake of France’s terror attacks.

“No decision has been taken regarding the question of whether or not to change the Schengen treaty,” Mariano Rajoy said during an interview with Cadena Ser radio.

“If the question is posed it will be debated, but I think that everything that helps the fight against terrorism must be done, as long as it does not harm other things. I think that everything is perfectly compatible,” he added.

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