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What is the change? EU officials are moving toward adopting new visa rules for short-term business travelers and tourists.
What does the change mean? Under the plan, visa-required nationals planning travel to the Schengen Area would enjoy simpler application procedures, a wider application window, faster processing times and longer visa validity. Schengen Area countries with external borders would be able to issue single-visit tourist visas at the border. Visa fees would increase and visa policy would, in some cases, be tied to a country’s cooperation with the EU on such issues as irregular migration. The EU Parliament is set to vote on the plan this week.
Additional information: The proposed changes include:
Analysis & Comments: The proposals would offer greater flexibility for those traveling to the Schengen Area for business or tourism. They would particularly benefit frequent travelers and those with urgent travel needs.
Source: Deloitte LLP. Deloitte LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC303675 and its registered office at 1 New Street Square, London EC4A 3HQ, United Kingdom.
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