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Peru official says Schengen visa changes for Peruvians will take "more than a year"

From Peru21
Translated and adapted by Rachel Chase

Foreign Minister Eda Rivas reminded the nation that there are still a number of steps to be completed before visa requirements for the Schengen area can be eliminated.

Peru official says Schengen visa changes for Peruvians will take "more than a year"

Foreign Minister Eda Rivas. (Photo: El Comercio)

Foreign Minister Eda Rivas said today that there are still many steps left before Peruvian citizens can enter the European Union without a Schengen visa.

These statements come after the EU’s Economic and Financial Affairs Council approved the adoption of a resolution to eliminate the visa requirements for Perú and Colombia.

“What we still have left is, for example, to complete the risk evaluation, which is being done in coordination with Migrations,” Rivas said during the inauguration of the 35th Period of Sessions of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Cepal).

The foreign minister estimated that the visa exemption for Perú will materialize in more than a year.

The aforementioned resolution says, in the concrete cases of Perú and Colombia, that the European Council will “evaluate the situation of both countries with agreement to the established criteria” before beginning negotiations on creating bilateral agreements on the exemption of visa requirements.

The criteria that are being considered are [for example], the danger of illegal immigration, the impact on public order, safety, economic advantages, and the effects of tourism on foreign commerce.

Issues surrounding human rights and fundamental liberties, as well we regional coherence and reciprocity, will also be considered.

The resolution includes a mechanism that allows the temporary reintroduction of visa requirements and another that allows action in situations where reciprocity is not in place, that is to say, if one of the countries involved goes back to requiring a visa for EU citizens.

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