Armenians to benefit from simplified visa procedures

It will be easier and cheaper for citizens of Armenia to get short-stay visas (for a stay not exceeding 90 days per period of 180 days) to travel to the EU and cross its internal borders, following today’s signature in Brussels of an EU-Armenia visa facilitation agreement. A press release said for some categories of frequent travellers and under certain conditions, EU member states are supposed to issue multiple-entry visas valid from one to up to five years.

Visas will be free of charge for certain categories of applicants, including members of official delegations, children below the age of 12, pensioners, researchers and students. Holders of diplomatic passports are exempt from the visa obligation, the press release said.

The visa facilitation accord was signed by Cypriot Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis as President of the Council of the European Union, and by Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström. Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian signed it for Armenia.

The agreement will enter into force after the European Parliament grants its consent and after the internal procedures have been completed, but not before the entry into force of the EU-Armenia readmission agreement, which is due to be signed soon. Both agreements will come into effect on the same day, the press release said.

The UK, Ireland and Denmark are not bound by the new agreement.

Source: ENPI Info Centre