Europe Touring Visa Announcement from OCC Member Kingsley Ross
The European Union Council is considering legislation that would create a Touring Visa. If passed, the proposal could allow citizens from nations that are not members of the Schengen Treaty to stay in most of the EU and several other countries for up to one year. As proposed, the visa could be renewed for a second year. Currently, the Schengen Treaty allows visitors to stay 90 days out every 180 days. The Schengen Treaty is what made it possible for most citizens of the EU to move freely across the EU without needing to check into each country they enter. Today it involves 26 countries (see http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-11-608_en.htm?locale=en and http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/go/schengen-fact-sheet.html#1).
The proposal will undergo a long review process and is not expect to be acted on finally before 2015. OCC members can assist by contacting their country’s Council minister and asking their EU/Schengen friends to let their EU representatives know that they support the legislation.
Vice Commodore, OCC