Citizens of Dominica will no longer require a Schengen visa for a short stay visit up to 90 days for business, family and touristic purposes in Europe.
European Commission proposes visa-free travel to citizens of the Commonwealth of Dominica, among 16 Island Nations in the Caribbean and Pacific added to the list of countries and territories exempt from the visa obligation.
Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Timor-Leste.
Currently, nationals of the listed island counties including Dominica have to travel abroad to apply for a Schengen visa due to the lack of consular presence in most of these countries. Visa exemption makes it much easier for them to plan trips to the EU countries and reduce the costs of travelling.
Nationals of Dominica and other 15 countries on the proposed list will be able to conveniently travel to countries of the Schengen area, as well as to Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania. Currently, the Schengen Area includes the territory of 22 European Union countries and associated countries.
“It will have a direct impact on citizens of these countries and on EU citizens, in the form of more people-to-people contacts and business opportunities”, said Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs.
These changes notably increase the prestige and demand for the Dominica citizenship program allowing to obtain citizenship through investment in the shortest possible time (3-4 months) with reasonable investment requirements (US$ 100,000-200,000 as the case might be).
The visa exemption proposal is expected to be reciprocated through agreements with these countries to ensure a visa free regime for all EU citizens and some categories of British citizens currently under the visa obligation. Now it is the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union who are to consider and finally approve the Commission proposal.
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Official source: “A smarter visa policy to facilitate tourism to the EU”. europa.eu. 7 November 2012.