European Union: EU Council seeks to expand grounds for suspension of visa-free travel

What does the change mean? The proposal would expand the grounds for suspending visa-waiver agreements with non-EU countries and accelerate the process. The measure would apply to all countries that currently enjoy Schengen visa-free agreements, but is primarily aimed at prospective visa-free agreements with Georgia, Kosovo, Ukraine and Turkey.

  • Implementation time frame: Ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: Visa exemption for stays of up to 90 days in the Schengen area for business or tourism.
  • Who is affected: Third-country national visitors traveling to the Schengen area under a visa exemption. Ireland and the United Kingdom are not part of the Schengen area and do not participate in common EU visa policies.
  • Impact on processing times: Should a country be suspended from a visa-waiver agreement, those nationals would need to apply for visas before travel.
  • Next steps: The measure must pass the European Parliament.