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Visa liberalisation with Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia


The EU has conducted ‘Visa Liberalisation Dialogues’ with three Eastern Partnership countries, namely Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. Through these dialogues, the EU has taken gradual steps towards the long-term goal of visa-free travel on a case-by-case basis, provided that conditions for well-managed and secure mobility are in place.

These dialogues, led by DG Migration and Home Affairs, were built upon ‘Visa Liberalisation Action Plans’ (VLAP), which include four blocks of benchmarks related to document security, including biometrics; border management, migration and asylum; public order and security; and external relations and fundamental rights. The benchmarks concerned both the policy and institutional framework (legislation and planning) and the effective and sustainable implementation of this framework.

The implementation of the Action Plans has been closely monitored by the Commission through regular progress reports, transmitted to the European Parliament and the Council, and which are publicly accessible. In addition, progress has been monitored through regular meetings of senior ranking officials from the European Commission and the partner countries.

Visa Liberalisation Dialogue and Progress reports on Ukraine:

Visa Liberalisation Dialogue and Progress reports on Moldova:

Visa Liberalisation Dialogue and Progress reports on Georgia:

  • The EU-Georgia Visa Liberalisation Dialogue was launched on 4 June 2012 (IP/12/561) and the VLAP was presented to the Georgian authorities on 25 February 2013.
  • The first Progress Report on Georgia was published in November 2013.
  • The second Progress Report on Georgia was published in October 2014.
  • The third Progress Report on Georgia was published in May 2015.
  • The fourth Progress Report (final report) on Georgia was published in December 2015.
  • The European Commission proposed on 9 March 2016 to allow visa-free travel to the Schengen area for Georgian citizens holding a biometric passport. This proposal pdf - 189 KB [189 KB] builds on the successful implementation by the Republic of Georgia of all the benchmarks set in its Visa Liberalisation Action Plan.

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