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On December 28th, 2018, new rules to strengthen the Schengen Information System (SIS) entered into full force. These regulations were initially proposed by the European Commission in December 2016. Currently, the SIS is Europe’s most widely used information sharing system for security and border management. Its functions are managed by the eu-LISA Agency.   One […]

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The Schengen Zone is made up of 22 EU countries and the 4 non-EU countries of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland, between which visa-free travel is permitted. From 2021, citizens from previously visa-exempt countries will be required to apply for the electronic ETIAS visa waiver application for travel to any of the Schengen member countries. […]

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The Telegraph reported that lie detectors equipped with artificial intelligence will be tested at border points in Europe. This is part of an EU-funded project to fight terrorism and crime. Travelers will need to upload a photo of their passport as well as photos of their visa and proof of funds. Furthermore, they will have […]

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After a long process of trying to meet the technical requirements for entry, it seems as though Bulgaria may finally join the Schengen Area for passport-free travel within Europe as early as 2019. A Schengen Bulgaria means that the country may be eligible to join the shared ETIAS visa waiver program for the Area expected […]

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British travelers will have to obtain an ETIAS visa waiver every 3 years to travel to EU countries post-Brexit. The European Commission has confirmed that UK travelers will need the travel authorization once it becomes available in 2021. ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System) has not been launched yet. It will be a requirement […]

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The Schengen Area is composed of 26 European states with a shared visa policy that has abolished internal borders and adopted shared passport and border controls on their external frontiers. European Union member states are required to take part in the Schengen Area by law. However, before joining the other Schengen countries, each state must […]

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Having a criminal record can prohibit a person from doing many things in life, including traveling to certain counties. But while entry restrictions against criminal offenders are incredibly strict in countries like the USA and Canada, the rules in most European countries are far more relaxed. European criminal conviction checks are uncommon, and most EU […]

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The Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković, hopes to lead his country into the Eurozone within the next few years.“Croatia will work intensively on the introduction of the euro as a currency”, he said. Last month, Plenković met with the Finnish Foreign Minister, Timo Soini, to gain his support. Soini offered his country’s assistance in its […]

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