After months of waiting and speculation, Peruvian and Colombian globetrotters finally have another piece of good news about the possible elimination of visa requirements for visiting the Schengen Area of Europe.
El Comercio reports that, the Colombian ambassador in Spain, Fernando Carrillo, commented recently that “What’s left is to do a technical evaluation. The elimination of visas for Colombian [and Peruvian]citizens could be finalized this trimester.”
According to Carrillo, the remaining obstacles are largely procedural. “We still need an executive request from the European UNion and the approval of the European Parliament, but there’s already an agreement that contains the exoneration of Peruvian and Colombian citizens from visa requirements as a principle,” El Comercio quotes the ambassador as saying. Carillo estimated that the process was 70% complete.
The change in visa regulations would no longer require Peruvian and Colombian citizens to apply for a visa for stays of 90 days or less in Schengen Area countries.
The Schengen Area is comprised of the nations of Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Monaco, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Diplomatic sources say visa requirements will be eliminated within the first six months of 2014.