EC Grant Visa-Free Travel to 16 Island Nations
The European Commission has decided to grant visa free travel to the Schengen area to 16 Island Nations in a bid to spur economic growth in the EU.
Travelling without a visa is not just a symbolic gesture – it will have a direct impact on citizens of these countries and on EU citizens, in the form of more people-to-people contacts and business opportunities, said Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs.
The EC proposal will affect five Caribbean Island Nations (Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago), 10 Pacific Island Nations (Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu), and Timor Leste, which are to be added to the list of third countries and territories whose nationals are exempt from the visa obligation.
A national from one of these countries would no longer require a visa for short stays (up to 90 days) if he/she is in possession of a passport, be it for business, touristic or family visit purposes, according to the EC press office.
The Commission’s proposal foresees that the visa exemption will be reciprocated through visa waiver agreements, ensuring a visa free regime for all EU citizens who wish to travel to these countries.
This news is expected to rapidly increase demand for Dominica Citizenship and it is expected to become one of the most sought after programs due to the lower cost, added benefits (visa-free travel to more than 90 countries) and no restrictions on various nationalities. The country is expected to benefit immensely, similar to the way St. Kitts & Nevis benefits since 2009, when they signed on the waiver program for Schengen.
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