Migration and Home Affairs

Visa suspension mechanism

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A mechanism established by Regulation 1289/2013 amending Regulation 539/2001 that aims at ensuring that visa-free travel with non-EU countries is not abused. The mechanism allows, under strict conditions and after thorough assessment by the European Commission, for the temporary reintroduction of visa requirements for citizens of non-EU countries when there is an emergency situation caused by the abuse of the visa-free regime by nationals of countries exempted from the visa obligation.