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EU to abolish visas with Albania, Bosnia

EU to abolish visas with Albania, Bosnia

The EU is ending visa requirements for Bosnia and Albania, two Balkan states where citizens had to wait for weeks to be allowed entry into the 27-nation bloc.
EU's Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said Thursday that the European Parliament and member states would now have to approve the proposal.
In 2009, the EU abolished visas for the citizens of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. The latest move would leave Kosovo, a country not recognized by all EU members, as the last Balkan region without visa-free travel to the EU.
The EU had demanded that Bosnia and Albania make technical adjustments _ such as introducing biometric passports and strengthening their law enforcement capability _ before granting them visa-free status.


Updated : 2021-08-05 22:35 GMT+08:00