Bolivia pins hope on EU to allow visa-free entry for its citizens soon

 Monday, March 27, 2023 


Bolivia expects to reach an agreement with the European Union that would allow its citizens to enter the bloc visa-free, as per Bolivian authorities. reports that the country, as per Secretary of the Bolivian Vice Presidency, Juan Carlos Alurralde, anticipates getting a positive response on visa exemption during the time that Spain has the presidency of the EU Council. He further noted that Spain promised to discuss the issue as soon as possible.

“They [Spanish authorities] have mentioned to us that they are going to manage to discuss the issue of the exemption of the Schengen visa for Bolivian citizens and that they promised to do everything necessary as soon as possible,” the statement of Alurralde reads.

This week, the leaders of Bolivia and Spain met in Madrid, where they mostly addressed methods to improve the migration of Bolivian nationals.

In a statement, Spain’s Foreign Minister, José Manuel Albares Bueno, stated that the government welcomes the removal of the visa requirement for Bolivian citizens and that they do not anticipate any migration issues as a result of this action.

Moreover, the Spanish authorities informed the Bolivians that they would support conversations on the subject at forthcoming EU gatherings, pointing out that this is an excellent chance to develop relations between the two nations.

Notably, as Bolivia has not yet established an agreement on visa-free travel with the EU, all of its residents must seek a visa to enter the Union.

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