PORTUGAL – All Travellers Subject to Border Control 10-14 May 2017 Due to Pope’s Visit

Portugal will temporarily suspend the Schengen agreement and impose border controls on all travellers between 10 and 14 May 2017, to enhance security during a visit of the Pope.

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PORTUGAL – All Travellers Subject to Border Control 10-14 May 2017 Due to Pope’s Visit

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GEORGIA – European Parliament Approves Schengen Visa Waiver for Georgian Nationals

On 2 February 2017, the European Parliament voted to approve visa liberalisation for Georgia, allowing Georgians to travel to the European Union’s Schengen Area without obtaining visas.

Under the visa exemption, Georgians who hold a biometric passport will have the right to enter the EU visa-free for 90 days in any 180-day period, for business, tourist or family purposes, but not to work.

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PANAMA and COSTA RICA – Entry Restricted for Schengen Visa Holders

Effective 13 January 2017, Schengen Area visas are no longer accepted for entry into Panama.

The policy change came after a similar step was taken by Costa Rica, where visitor visas for Schengen Area countries or Japan were also made ineligible for entry from 14 December 2017.

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PANAMA and COSTA RICA – Entry Restricted for Schengen Visa Holders

This news alert was prepared using information provided by BDS Asesores and BLP.

FRANCE – Decree Implements Major Changes to Immigration Regime

Effective 1 November 2016, the French government has published the first decree implementing the new Law on Foreign Workers of 7 March 2016.

The decree establishes that visa applications for two new immigration categories – “Talent Passport” and Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Employees on Detachment (a.k.a. secondment) – must be submitted at French consulates. Processing delays are expected until detailed procedures have been announced and fully implemented.

The decree also clarifies the occupations which are now exempt from the work permit requirement for up to 3 months.

Applications submitted before 1 November 2016 will be processed according to the previous regulations.

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FRANCE – Decree Implements Major Changes to Immigration Regime

This alert was drafted using information provided by Apro ConsultingExpat Partners and Itama Mobility.

EUROPEAN UNION – EU Signs Visa Waiver Agreements with Kiribati, the Marshall Islands and Tuvalu

The European Union (EU) has recently signed short-stay visa waiver agreements with Kiribati, the Marshall Islands and Tuvalu, on behalf of its Schengen Area Member States.

The agreements will apply on a provisional basis from until approved by the European Parliament.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by The Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific and Mazzeschi.

PERU – EU Signs Visa Waiver Agreement

On 14 March 2016, the European Union (EU) signed a short-stay visa-waiver agreement with Peru on behalf of its Schengen Area Member States, allowing Peruvians to enter any Schengen Area country visa-free.

The agreement will apply on a provisional basis from 15 March 2016, until it is approved by the European Parliament.

However, the Peruvian authorities need to demonstrate that they issue only biometric passports by 31 July 2016, otherwise the agreement will be cancelled.

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PERU – EU Signs Visa Waiver Agreement

This news alert was prepared using information provided by The European Council.

COLOMBIA – Government Extends Visa-Free Entry to Some Nationals of Cambodia and Myanmar; And Changes Entry Permit Category for Schengen Nationals

Effective 2 February 2016, the Colombian government has authorised certain nationals of Colombia and Myanmar to enter Colombia without a visa.

The Colombian government has also decided to issue Schengen nationals with PIP-5 entry and stay permits instead of the PIP-10 category introduced in November 2015.

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COLOMBIA – Government Extends Visa-Free Entry to Some Nationals of Cambodia and Myanmar; And Changes Entry Permit Category for Schengen Nationals

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Tannus and Asociados and Brigard and Urrutia.