Schengen gives Moldova a free pass
Great news for all Moldovan citizens came directly from Brussels; the European Parliaments has finally approved the verdict which allows them to travel freely in and out of the Schengen area as of 28th of April, as long as they possess a bio-metric passport.
Schengen zone features 22 EU member states excluding Bulgaria, Croatia, Ireland, Cyprus, Romania, Britain as well as the non-EU members Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
The evocative event took place on April the 3d in Brussels where the decision was signed by Martin Schulz, the President of the European parliament joined by the Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Kourkoulas.
Such an achievement was highly praised by the affiliated organisms, considered as a great opportunity to new beginnings for Moldova’s political and economic future and the future of its citizens, its youth in particular.
As of the 28th of April, Moldovan citizens are free to travel without a visa in an out of the Schengen Area for up to 90 days (3 months). However, the visa waiver doesn’t apply to staying in the Schengen Area for unlimitedly; studying and working within the Schengen area still requires a certain permit.
Moldovan citizens will eventually be asked by the border police for the details of their travel, the purpose or the details to where one will be staying, round-trip ticket or booked accommodation (if necessary). Citizens may also be requested to possess 50 Euros per daily expenses during their stay in the Schengen zone.
It strictly prohibited violating such rules, as the person who dares will risk fines up to thousands of Euros in addition to being banned from entering the Schengen zone for over 5 years.
With the visa waiver, health insurance is no longer mandatory yet highly recommendable for visa-free third country nationals.
Since there is no border control between Schengen countries, you won’t have any difficulties travelling visa-free from one Schengen country to another. Keep in mind though that there are border controls between the Schengen countries and Cyprus, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania.
Beware! Moldovan citizens are obliged to always have their passport with them during their stay, as national legislations might foresee ad-hoc controls in the Schengen area.
More information about Schengen Visa Countries and Requirements please visit SchengenVisaInfo.com!