Europe Borders

The coronavirus outbreak forced countries around the world, including the Schengen member states, to implement strict measures in order to slow down the spread of the virus and minimize the risk of contagion. Travel restrictions and lockdowns were enforced by a great number of nations. The EU shut down its external borders in March 2020. […]

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Although under normal circumstances it is possible to travel throughout the European Schengen Area without internal border control, in certain circumstances, member states may consider it necessary to reinstate frontiers. This is currently the case as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. In order to protect the population, Schengen border controls have been put in […]

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This March marks the 25th anniversary of the borderless Schengen Area. The agreement was designed in 1985. It finally came into effect on 26th March 1995 and has since been of great benefit to Schengen residents as well as travelers across the globe. The Schengen Agreement was originally signed by just 5 countries: Belgium, Germany, […]

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With the implementation of the new ETIAS visa waiver scheme towards the end of 2022, foreign nationals and citizens of the European microstates may be concerned about how the regulations will affect their travels. Do Andorran, Monaguesque, ‎Sammarinese, and Vanticanien passport holders need an ETIAS to travel to the rest of Europe? Do foreign citizens […]

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With Brexit an imminent reality, Gibraltar has indicated its desire to join the EU’s borderless Schengen area to ease travel concerns after Britain has left Europe. Britain will leave the European bloc officially on January 31st and is to begin an 11 month transition period where it will negotiate the terms of a deal with […]

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As of December 4th, 2019, Frontex —the European Border and Coast Guard Agency has been granted additional responsibilities. The agency has also received new means to more efficiently assist EU countries and Schengen member nations in controlling their external borders. The newly enforced European Border and Coast Guard regulation paves the way for the foundation […]

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European Union authorities have signed an agreement with Serbia to cooperate in regards to border and coast management. This cooperation between the non-Schengen country and Frontex —the European Border and Coast Guard Agency is expected to increase security within the EU for both visitors and residents alike. The agreement was signed by Maria Ohisalo —Minister […]

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The European Parliament has approved new legislation which strengthens the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, known as Frontex, by supplying it with extra staff and equipment. The plan is to increase the number of operational staff to 10,000 by 2027 and focus on strengthening the region’s borders. The movement was passed with 403 votes […]

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Swiss-German border checks used to be the norm up until as recently as 2008, when Switzerland joined the Schengen Area. From then on, citizens traveling between Switzerland and any other Schengen country have not been subject to routine checks. Individuals can currently travel freely in a Europe-wide border-free zone. However, recent events involving foreigners have […]

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Frontex, more commonly known as the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, is an international border enforcement agency for the European Union’s Schengen Area. It works to ensure that the zone’s frontier member states and the border integrity of the Schengen zone is adequately protected. Once ETIAS is launched by the end of 2022, the […]

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