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EU Commission proposes visa policy reforms


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The European Commission has proposed a significant set of reforms to make it easier for travellers to obtain tourist and business visas, according to a report in New Europe.

The Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos announced a series of amendments to the Visa Code – the first steps towards reforming the common EU visa policy.

The proposed overhaul would shorten the decision-making time for visa applications from 15 to 10 days and allow travellers to submit their applications up to 6 months in advance instead of the current 3 months, and allow passport holders to fill in and sign their applications electronically.

A new type of short-term, single-entry visas with a seven-day validity in the issuing Member State will be available at external borders to help countries increase the size of their short-term tourist numbers.

The Commission proposes a “moderate increase of the visa fee” of €20, from €60 to €80. The 25% increase will allow the EU countries to ensure stronger security screenings, upgrade their IT equipment, and software and maintain the officers in place.

Jeanette Briedenhann
Jeanette Briedenhann
Jeanette Phillips joined the team in 2016. She developed a passion and love for all things-travel related in her role as travel journalist, a position she held for over seven years. A brief exodus into the corporate marketing sphere proved that there is no better industry than the travel industry. Research and writing are two of Jeanette’s greatest passions, but she is always open to new challenges and different ways of doing things.

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