European Commission wants visa reformation for entering Europe

Monday, March 26, 2018


European CommissionThe European Commission wants to reform the visa rules directly at the borders for legitimate travellers to enter in Europe.



The visa reform will make the everyday travel into Europe for business, trade and tourism less bureaucratic and time-consuming.



For migrants, the asylum-seekers and criminals, the new set of rules will make it harder to enter Schengen-Europe.



The important changes in the proposal for European Union include visa-processing time reduced from 15 to 10 days, longer validity for multi entry visas up to five years, increased visa fee from €60 to €80 and to allow issuing single-entry visas directly at the border for a maximum stay of 7 days.



The visas issued at the border will then only be valid for the country of entry. For Norway, not being a EU-member, but a member country to the Schengen-agreement, most visa rules are copy-pasted to national regulations.



The Senior Communication Advisor Linda Hafstad with the Ministry of Justice and Public Security says to the Barents Observer can’t tell whether visas to Norway could be issued directly at Storskog for travellers entering Norway from Russia in the north.



The European Commission says that the new visa reform will contribute to people to people contacts and cultural exchanges, as well as contributing to EU’s economy and growth.



The Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos says millions of travellers visit the EU every year and boost the Union’s travel and tourism industry.



Today, the international travellers from northern regions can apply for Norwegian Schengen visa at visa centres in Murmansk, Arkhangelsk and Petrozavodsk. Additionally, VFS. Global can assist applicants with visas to Norway from 21 other cities in Russia.





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