“The new EU rules on short-term visas will be applied from February 2, 2020. They will simplify the process of applying for a visa to enter Europe for legal visitors, facilitate the development of tourism, sports and business and at the same time provide more resources to counter the risk of illegal migration and threats to internal security," - the report said.
It is noted that the new rules apply to 105 third countries whose citizens require a visa to enter the European Union. At the same time, no changes in visa policy will occur for countries that have a visa-free travel regime in the EU.
The new rules stipulate that short-term visas for third-country nationals are required to enter the 22 EU countries that are members of the Schengen area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden). Such rules also apply to four countries associated with the EU - Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. Short-term visas, which will be issued in any of the listed countries, allow travel to all EU countries for up to 90 days in any period of 180 days.
As we reported, the United Kingdom is no longer a member of the European Union. The Brexit agreement entered into force at midnight on January 31 Central European Time.