EU Council adopts new visa regulations

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The Council adopted amendments to the visa code regulation which will improve conditions for travellers and increase the tools available to tackle illegal migration.

The new rules will provide faster and clearer procedures for legitimate travellers, in particular by:

  • allowing for applications to be lodged up to 6 months, and no later than 15 days, before the trip
  • providing for the possibility of the application form to be filled in and signed electronically
  • introducing a harmonised approach to the issuing of multiple entry visas to regular travellers with a positive visa history for a period which increases gradually from 1 to 5 years.

The regulation also introduces a mechanism for reviewing every three years whether the visa fee should change.

Via New Europe/ EU Council

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