The European Union (EU) announced a simplified system for visa requests for short stays in the bloc, which will be more expensive and will be linked to its migration policy.
Visa applications for short stays in the EU, ie up to 90 days in a total period of about six months, can be made between six months and 15 days before the trip, compared to the current three months.
However, its price will increase from the current 60 euros to 80 euros (about 90 dollars), with reductions for minors. Children under six, students and researchers will be exempt from the payment.
“The new rules will facilitate tourism and trade, reinforcing our security criteria to identify those that pose a threat,” said Immigration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos in a statement.
The conditions for the allocation of visas will in fact be linked to the “sufficient” or “insufficient” cooperation with the EU of their countries of origin in the matter of migration, such as accepting the return of migrants in an irregular situation.
According to the European Parliament, nationals of more than 100 countries must currently apply for a visa for short stays in the EU, a demand that increased by 50% since 2009 to reach 15.2 million applications in 2016.
Source: Dominican Today