Thursday, 23 October 2014

Visa Facilitation Agreements

There are presently eight (8) Visa Facilitation Agreements (VFAs) in force between the European Union and certain third countries on the facilitation of the issuance of visas.  These are as follows:

Albania

The Visa Facilitation Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Albania, came into force as of 1 January 2008.  It determines the application fee at €35, shortens the visa application processing period, regulates exemptions from visa fees and simplifies terms and conditions for issue of visas to specific categories of people. The Agreement does not regulate the terms and conditions of stay over 90 days, which remain to be regulated by national legislation.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Visa Facilitation Agreement between the European Union and Bosnia and Herzegovina, came into force as of 1 January 2008. It determines the application fee at €35, shortens the visa application processing period, regulates exemptions from visa fees and simplifies terms and conditions for issue of visas to specific categories of people. The agreement does not regulate the terms and conditions of stay over 90 days, which remain to be regulated by national legislation.

Moldova

The Visa Facilitation Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova, came into force as of 1 January 2008.  It determines the application fee at €35, shortens the visa application processing period, regulates exemptions from visa fees and simplifies terms and conditions for issue of visas to specific categories of people. The agreement does not regulate the terms and conditions of stay over 90 days, which remain to be regulated by national legislation.

Montenegro

The Visa Facilitation Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Montenegro, came into force as of 1 January 2008.  It determines the application fee at €35, shortens the visa application processing period, regulates exemptions from visa fees and simplifies terms and conditions for issue of visas to specific categories of people. The agreement does not regulate the terms and conditions of stay over 90 days, which remain to be regulated by national legislation.  Whereas nationals of the Republic of Montenegro holding biometric passports are exempt from the visa obligation, and non-biometric passports are no longer valid, the VFA is no longer applied in practice.

Macedonia/FYROM

The Visa Facilitation Agreement between the European Union and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, came into force as of 1 January 2008.  It determines the application fee at €35, shortens the visa application processing period, regulates exemptions from visa fees and simplifies terms and conditions for issue of visas to specific categories of people. The agreement does not regulate the terms and conditions of stay over 90 days, which remain to be regulated by national legislation. Whereas nationals of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia holding biometric passports are exempt from the visa obligation, the VFA continues to apply for holders of non-biometric passports.  

Russian Federation

The Visa Facilitation Agreement between the European Union and the Russian Federation on Simplification of Issue of Short-stay Visa to Citizens of the European Union and of the Russian Federation, came into force as of 1 June 2007.  It determines the application fee at €35, shortens the visa application processing period, regulates exemptions from visa fees and simplifies terms and conditions for issue of visas to specific categories of people. The agreement does not regulate the terms and conditions of stay over 90 days, which remain to be regulated by national legislation.

Serbia

The Visa Facilitation Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Serbia, came into force as of 1 January 2008.  It determines the application fee at €35, shortens the visa application processing period, regulates exemptions from visa fees and simplifies terms and conditions for issue of visas to specific categories of people. The agreement does not regulate the terms and conditions of stay over 90 days, which remain to be regulated by national legislation.  Whereas nationals of the Republic of Serbia holding biometric passports are exempt from the visa obligation, the VFA continues to apply for holders of non-biometric passports and passports issued by the Serbian Coordination Directorate (Koordinaciona uprava).

Ukraine

The Visa Facilitation Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine, came into force on 1 January 2008.  It determines the application fee at €35, shortens the visa application processing period, regulates exemptions from visa fees and simplifies terms and conditions for issue of visas to specific categories of people. The agreement does not regulate the terms and conditions of stay over 90 days, which remain to be regulated by national legislation.

 


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