Migration and Home Affairs

Documents

Notifications

General

07/11/2017 - Information pursuant to Council Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 of 15 March 2001 listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement
  • See the Commission Recommendation C(2012)9330 final of 14 December 2012 for the Guidelines on the movement of Turkish nationals crossing the external borders of EU Member States in order to provide services within the EU
Adopted legislation

Regulation 539/2001

15/03/2001 - Council Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 of 15 March 2001 listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement (consolidated version of June 2014)

Visa Code

12/09/2009 - Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code) (consolidated version of April 2016), supplemented by the following implementing acts:

"Transit" decisions

Facilitated Transit and Rail Transit Documents (FTD and FRTD)

12/10/2005 - Council Directive 2005/71/EC of 12 October 2005 on a specific procedure for admitting third-country nationals for the purposes of scientific research
29/05/1995 - Council Regulation (EC) No 1683/95 of 29 May 1995 laying down a uniform format for visas (consolidated version of October 2013)
International agreements

Visa facilitation

30/04/2014 - Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Azerbaijan on the facilitation of the issuance of visas
31/10/2013 - Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Armenia on the facilitation of the issuance of visas
25/02/2011 - Agreement between the European Union and Georgia on the facilitation of the issuance of visas
19/12/2007 - Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Albania on the facilitation of the issuance of visas
19/12/2007 - Agreement between the European Community and Bosnia and Herzegovina on the facilitation of the issuance of visas
19/12/2007 - Agreement between the European Community and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on the facilitation of the issuance of visas
19/12/2007 - Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Montenegro on the facilitation of the issuance of visas

Short-stay visa waiver

07/10/2016 - Agreement between the European Union and Solomon Islands on the short-stay visa waiver
19/09/2016 - Agreement between the European Union and the Federated States of Micronesia on the short-stay visa waiver
01/07/2016 - Agreement between the European Union and Tuvalu on the short-stay visa waiver
27/06/2016 - Agreement between the European Union and the Marshall Islands on the short-stay visa waiver
23/06/2016 - Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Kiribati on the short-stay visa waiver
14/03/2016 - Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Peru on the short-stay visa waiver
07/12/2015 - Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Palau on the short-stay visa waiver
02/12/2015 - Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Colombia on the short-stay visa waiver
29/11/2015 - Agreement between the European Union and the Kingdom of Tonga on the short-stay visa waiver
28/05/2015 - Agreement between the European Union and Grenada on the short-stay visa waiver
28/05/2015 - Agreement between the European Union and Saint Lucia on the short-stay visa waiver
28/05/2015 - Agreement between the European Union and the Commonwealth of Dominica on the short-stay visa waiver
28/05/2015 - Agreement between the European Union and the Independent State of Samoa on the short-stay visa waiver
28/05/2015 - Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on the short-stay visa waiver
28/05/2015 - Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Vanuatu on the short-stay visa waiver
28/05/2015 - Agreement between the European Union and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on the short-stay visa waiver
26/05/2015 - Agreement between the European Union and the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste on the short-stay visa waiver
06/05/2015 - Agreement between the European Union and the United Arab Emirates on the short-stay visa waiver
28/05/2009 - Agreement between the European Community and Antigua and Barbuda on the short-stay visa waiver
28/05/2009 - Agreement between the European Community and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas on the short-stay visa waiver
28/05/2009 - Agreement between the European Community and Barbados on the short-stay visa waiver Agreement between the European Community

China/Approved Destination Status

Proposed legislation

General

01/04/2014 - Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a touring visa and amending the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement and Regulations (EC) No 562/2006 and (EC) No 767/2008 (COM(2014) 163 final) with its annexes
01/04/2014 - Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the Union Code on Visas (Visa Code) (recast) (COM (2014) 164)
Reports

General

05/11/2015 - Report from the Commission of 05.11.2015 assessing the situation of non-reciprocity with certain third countries in the area of visa policy (C(2015) 7455 final)
22/04/2015 - Report from the Commission of 22.4.2015 assessing the situation of non-reciprocity with certain third countries in the area of visa policy (C(2015) 2575 final)
29/10/2014 - Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the fulfilment by Peru of the relevant criteria in view of the negotiation of a visa waiver agreement between the European Union and Peru and its accompanying Staff Working Document
29/10/2014 - Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the fulfilment by Colombia of the relevant criteria in view of the negotiation of a visa waiver agreement between the European Union and Colombia and its accompanying Staff Working Document
01/04/2014 - Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council - a smarter visa policy for economic growth (COM(2014) 165 final) and its accompanying Staff Working Document
05/11/2010 - Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council - Sixth report on certain third countries' maintenance of visa requirements in breach of the principle of reciprocity (COM(2010) 620 final)
Communications

General

21/12/2016 - Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council: State of play and the possible ways forward as regards the situation of non-reciprocity with certain third countries in the area of visa policy (COM(2016) 816 final)
13/07/2016 - Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council: State of play and the possible ways forward as regards the situation of non-reciprocity with certain third countries in the area of visa policy (COM(2016) 481 final)
12/04/2016 - Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council State of play and the possible ways forward as regards the situation of non-reciprocity with certain third countries in the area of visa policy COM(2016) 221 final
07/11/2012 - Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the implementation and development of the common visa policy to spur growth in the EU (COM(2012) 649 final)
Studies

General

14/03/2014 - Impact assessment study supporting the review of the Union's visa policy to facilitate legitimate travelling Impact assessment study supporting the review of the Union's visa policy to facilitate legitimate travelling