The European Union announced on Wednesday 7th November that 16 Island Nations will soon be able to travel to the Schengen zone without the need to obtain a visa.
The 16 countries are: Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Timor-Leste.
The latest decision by the European Union is aimed to simplify travel to the Schengen area as well as Cyprus, Bulgaria and Romania. A citizen with a valid passport from any of the 16 nations will no longer require a Schengen visa for short stays (up to 90 days in length) for leisure or business purposes.
The Commission’s proposal foresees that the visa exemption will be reciprocated through visa waiver agreements, which ensures a visa free regime for all EU citizens who wish to travel to these countries.