European Commission reports on visa-free travel with South Korea and Japan


The Commission of the European Union provided an analysis of the measures taken by the Republic of Korea and Japan, which had visa implications, and provided an overview of efforts to restore reciprocity in exemption visa.

The Commission stressed once again that ensuring that all countries on the EU visa-free list waive the visa requirement for citizens of all EU Member States remains a fundamental principle of EU visa policy, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

Following the diplomatic engagement, the European Commission welcomed the reinstatement of the visa waiver between the EU and the Republic of Korea and, at the same time, pledged to continue monitoring the situation between the two in order to ensure that the visa exemption is reciprocally maintained.

“The Commission welcomes the reinstatement of the visa waiver between the EU and the Republic of Korea and will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that visa waiver reciprocity is maintained,” he said. added. reads the Commission statement.

While the visa situation between EU member states and the Republic of Korea has returned to normal, the same is not true for Japan.

According to the Commission, diplomatic efforts have not yet resulted in a complete change of policy in Japan. The latter currently maintains restrictions in place for all travelers from the EU. Japan only removed the entry ban for those traveling from the EU for essential purposes, which means EU citizens are still not allowed to enter Japan for tourism purposes.

Given the current situation, the Commission said progress can best be achieved through continued engagement and diplomatic contacts.

“The Commission considers that progress can best be achieved through continued engagement and diplomatic contacts and that at this stage it would not be appropriate to adopt suspension measures for all categories of nationals of Japan,” emphasizes the Commission.

It was stressed that the Commission will step up diplomatic engagement with the Japanese authorities to lift the non-essential travel ban for EU travelers and restore full visa-free reciprocity ahead of travel normalization .

In addition to the above, the Commission disclosed that during the 28th EU-Japan Summit held on May 12, both sides reiterated that they will work to restore visa waiver reciprocity.

The situation will now be closely monitored by the Commission, and the latter will take appropriate action depending on the outcome of the consultations and other developments.

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