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Europe’s Schengen Zone Continues to Expand

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Trouble for travelers, Europe’s Schengen zone continues to expand

A new affront has met the long term traveler’s horizon: multi country immigration zones. The Schengen of Europe is by far the worst, as 25 countries in the continent now only allow a visitor 90 days to visit all of the member states. But this number will soon be 27, as Romania and Bulgaria is soon to be a part of the agreement, and the Balkan states look to be following suit:

The European Parliament has approved a bill that will move Albania and Bosnia a step closer to accessing visa-free travel while moving inside the Schengen area. The measure came weeks before the Council of EU Interior Ministers’ meeting, which is scheduled next month, where the ministers are likely to approve the idea. -Visa free travel for Bosnia and Albania

This agreement allows citizens of Bosnia and Albania free locomotion through most of the Schengen countries, just as citizens of Serbia, Montenegro, and Macedonia already take advantage of.

This seems to be another motion to expand the Schengen Zone, free up travel within Europe for Europeans while limiting the free motion of non-Europeans. Simply put, 90 days to visit 30 countries is not enough time.

More information: Multi-country immigration zones and travel | Schengen Visa on Travel Help | Word Comes together to Divide

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