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30 March 2008

Schengen Countries - Schengen Visa - News

Schengen - Border free travel area in Europe expands to 24 Countries

Schengen open borders area in Europe expended to include 9 new countries: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Malta the overland and sea borders where abolished in these 9 countries in December 2007 and now in March 2008 the border controls at airports have also been abolished.

The original Schengen countries signed the agreement to abolish border controls between their countries in June 1985, France, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands they met near the town of Schengen in Luxembourg to sign the Schengen Agreement, the agreement was named after the town in Luxembourg Schengen, where the agreement was first signed.

It took another 5 years to finalize the agreement and in 1990, the five countries (France, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands) signed the Schengen Convention, intending to put the common area into practice.

The 9 New Schengen Countries brings the total Number of Schengen Countries to 24,  the other 15 countries part of the Schengen border free area are, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.

The Schengen border free area in Europe allows for the free movement of people within the Schengen zone, it opens up opportunities for all Schengen citizens to be able to access and travel in all Schengen areas and not be restricted by border controls.

It allows Tourists and visitors to apply for one visa for a country within the Schengen area and then be able to travel freely within all the Schengen countries without the need for multiple visas, making their holiday experience hassle free and more enjoyable for them.

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