European Travel Information and Authorisation System: EU Commission offers new measures to enter Schengen zone
Politics13:17 Nov. 16, 2016
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EU Commission offers new measures to enter Schengen zone

Citizens from countries that enjoy visa-free travel in the EU are suggested to pay a fee

The EU commission has come up with a proposal to charge non-EU citizens, who enjoy visa-free travel in the EU, an EUR 5 fee for entry to the Schengen zone.

The suggested scheme would cover roughly 30 million people who enter the EU every year from 60 visa-waiver countries, including the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

This list could soon include others such as Ukraine and Georgia, which are in the process of being approved.

The proposed measure, which would include post-Brexit Britain, aimed at tightening the bloc's border security.

Under the plan, anyone entering the EU from a visa-waiver country would have their details run against databases, including those of international police organisations Interpol and Europol, as well as the Schengen Information System used by security agencies to monitor border entry. Once granted, permission to enter the zone would last for five years. Under-18s would not face a charge.

The system could be launched in 2020 if it gets a quick approval from EU member states and the European parliament.

Source: Financial Times

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