More simple Schengen visa
The visa policy of the European Union is changing.
The European Commission suggested in 2012 to add five Caribbean Island Nations (Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago), and ten Pacific Island Nations (Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu) and Timor-Leste to the list of third countries and territories whose nationals are exempt from the visa obligation. From 2015. the citizens of these countries can enter easily to the EU. This is very good news for the holders of the a Dominican passport.
Now the European Commission has announced plans to simplify the bloc’s visa rules for non-Europeans. The new guidelines are designed mainly to attract more business and tourism. “Europe needs a smarter visa policy”, said Cecilia Malmström, the EU Home Affairs Commissioner in Brussels.
Practically it means that the planned measures include cutting the time authorities take to decide on a Schengen visa – from 15 to ten days. Regular travelers will then be able to receive multiple-entry permits for up to three years. In a short period of time, visa applications can also be made online. The reform also forsees allowing border patrols to hand out short-term visas, which was impossible before.
The EU body expects the measures to bring an extra 130 billion euros in income for hotels, restaurants and shops, and to create 1.3 million new jobs in the tourism sector.
Upon the issuance of the Schengen Visa the Visa holder has the right to enter a country- member in Schengen Area and travel freely throughout the Area for a maximum stay of up to 90 days in a 180 day period. Furthermore Visa holders are not allowed to live permanently or work in Schengen Area members as they are only able to travel in the Area as temporary visitors.