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EU Aims to Make Schengen ‘Largest Free Travel Area in the World’

The European Commission has tabled a strategy aimed at establishing the Schengen zone into the largest free travel area in the world.

EU Pushes for June Launch of Digital Green Certificate for Travel

The EU has decided for the Digital Green Certificate proposal to be taken forward as a matter of urgency in order for it to be in force by June.

EU Court Exempts Permanent Residents from Visa Rule

Family members of EU citizens who are not nationals of a member state but hold a permanent residence card should be able to travel visa-free to EU, according to a court decision.

Stricter Checks at Greek Airports May Cause Delays at Passport Control

A new security measure will be implemented in Greek airports for all European citizens traveling to/from Non-Schengen destinations.

Star Alliance Opens New Lounge at Rome Fiumicino Airport

Star Alliance customers travelling from Rome can look forward to a new premium experience in the alliance’s new lounge at Fiumicino Airport.

Greece in Top 5 Schengen Countries Issuing Short-stay Visas

Greece is ranked fifth among 10 Schengen countries that received the most short-stay visa applications in 2017 after France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Germany Lifts Stricter Airport Checks on Outbound Flyers from Greece

The German interior ministry has called off stricter airport security checks for passengers traveling on outbound flights from Greece, which were implemented in 2017.

EU Set to Suggest Mandatory Fingerprinting on All IDs

In efforts to tackle terrorism, the European Commission plans to table a proposal that all EU identification cards include fingerprinting.

Schengen Zone Airport Checks Legal, Biometric IDs a Requirement

European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos recently stated that Schengen zone checks were both legal and carried out in most countries regularly.

Greek MEPs, Hoteliers Up in Arms Over More Airport Checks

Greek MEPs and hoteliers recently expressed concerns over the tight security screenings imposed on travelers from Greece at German airports.

Security Seminar for Tighter Document Inspections Held at Athens Airport

The Athens Airport Police Authority recently held a workshop on travel document inspection and forged documents identification.

Germany Says Security Checks to Continue, Greece Must Do its Part

Passengers traveling from Greece to Germany will continue to be subject to tight security checks within the airports’ Schengen arrivals area.

Greece, Germany, EU to Meet Over Strict Airport Controls

The issue of passengers from Greece being subject to rigid security checks at German airports will be discussed between EU, Germany and Greece authorities.

EU Nationals Subject to Stricter Security Checks Across Union’s Borders

Following terrorist attacks in Paris, Germany and Brussels, authorities will be carrying out identity checks on all inbound or outgoing travelers across EU borders.

Erdogan’s Tactics Throw Off EU Visa Waiver Talks

Turkey’s negotiating card - stemming the growing refugee influx from its shores into Greece and the EU in return for visa-free travel within the Schengen Area - seems to be losing ground as EU officials appeared divided on Tuesday, saying Turkey still had a long way to go.

Non-EU Travellers May Have to Pay €5 Fee to Enter Schengen Zone

People from visa-waiver countries may have to pay a five-euro fee to obtain authorisation to enter the Schengen Area, according to the European Commission’s proposal, unveiled recently.

Turkey: No Visa Waiver, No Refugee Deal, Greece Suffers as EU Looks On

Visa-free travel within the Schengen Area - a dream-come-true for most Turks - is now being used by Turkey as a negotiating card with the European Union, saying it will not contribute to solving the refugee problem currently plaguing the Mediterranean if the demand is not met.

Commission Supports Visa-free Travel for Turkey by June

Turkish nationals may finally see their dream come true and be able to travel throughout Europe visa-free by June this year after the European Commission proposed lifting the visa requirements for Turkey's citizens.

Visa-Free Travel for Turkey Still Depends on Met Criteria

Despite putting forth a demand in March that its nationals be allowed Schengen zone visa-free travel by June if it agreed to take back refugees from Greece, Turkey must still meet all 72 criteria for EU accession, the deputy head of the European Commission said in Brussels recently.

Visa-Free Travel: Turkey’s Negotiating Card

Visa-free travel within the Schengen Area - a dream-come-true for most Turks - is the latest ace up Turkey’s sleeve as its government has said it will in return contribute to solving the refugee problem currently plaguing the Mediterranean.
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