The European Union has made a strategic move to add 16 more nations to the list of countries that are exempted from a visa requirement when travelling to the Schengen area. This is aimed at making travelling to the Schengen area much simpler – you will need only a valid passport. Short stays of up to 90 days pose no requirement for a visa for these nations. The reason for travel is also not an issue for either business or pleasure.
The visa waiver has been made in a bid to attract more tourists to European Union (EU). By making travelling to the Schengen area free, then travelling costs are significantly reduced. This will bring an influx of people travelling into the country that had been previously been prevented to do so by the Visa obligation rule. Prior to the visa waiver, most member countries had to travel abroad to apply for the Schengen visa.
The EU made this move to increase the number of tourists visiting the EU. In so doing, they seek to impact directly on the EU’s Economic, forecasting an economic growth. Visa policies are stringent and being a big influence on economic growth, the waiver has done more than just made travelling easier. It has gone on to guarantee that potential tourists will not give up their travelling plans due to the Visa obligations. The tourism industry is said to have a 32% increase in the tourist influx into the EU. This could result to a EUR 60 Billion income from the tourism industry annually. Job creation of up to 500,000 is also another outcome foreseen as a result of this waiver.
Even with the visa waiver in place, the EU commissioner for Home Affairs still thinks that there is more than can be done in addition to the visa waiver. In her speech at a Joint Press Conference, Cecilia Malmström, suggests a 15-day deadline for issuance or decline of a visa. In addition, she also proposes improvements like issuance of multiple entry visas and availability of visa application forms in the language of the applicant’s country.
The 16 new nations added in the EU visa waiver list include 5 Nations from the Caribbean islands and 10 from the Pacific islands. The Caribbean islands include: Dominica, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and Saint Lucia. Those from Pacific Island are The Marshall islands, Micronesia, Palau, Tonga, Timor Leste, Nauru, The Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tuvalu and Kiribati.
The Schengen visa waiver for commonwealth of Dominica passport holders it is a great addition to the list of advantages this program can offer:
- The most affordable among the citizenship by investment programs
- The citizenship last infinitely for a lifetime
- Dominica recognizes dual citizenship, so there is no need to renounce your other citizenship
- Dominica does not inform your country of residence of your Dominican citizenship
- You are not obligated to reside in Dominica to maintain your citizenship
- Visa-free travel to more than 100 countries around the world
- Great privacy and asset protection
- You can work/do business in any CARICOM member country
- No military service required
- No taxes for non-residents
- No restrictions on doing business globally, including doing business in the United States
However, I have to mention here that the following countries are restricted from participation in the Dominica Economic Citizenship Program - Iraq, Chechnya, Somalia, Yemen, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Afghanistan.
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