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EU, Palau sign short-stay visa waiver agreement

(Press Release) — On Dec. 7, 2015 the European Union and the Republic of Palau signed the short-stay visa waiver agreement in Brussels, Belgium.

The new visa regime provides for visa-free travel for EU citizens when travelling to the territory of Palau and for citizens of Palau when traveling to the EU (Schengen area), for a period of stay of 90 days in any 180-day period.

From left, Ngedikes Olai Uludong, Palau’s ambassador to the EU; Christian Braun, permanent representative of Luxembourg to the EU; and  Casilda Grau, head of unit, EU Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs.  EU photoFrom left, Ngedikes Olai Uludong, Palau’s ambassador to the EU; Christian Braun, permanent representative of Luxembourg to the EU; and Casilda Grau, head of unit, EU Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs. EU photo

The agreement applies on a provisional basis and aims to encourage people-to-people contacts, boost tourism, and invigorate business between the EU and Palau.

In order to benefit from visa-free travel, citizens from the EU and Palau must be in possession of a valid ordinary, diplomatic, service/official or special passport. Visa-free travel applies to all categories of persons and for any kind of purposes of travel (for instance tourism, cultural visits, scientific activities, family visits, business etc.), except to persons travelling for the purpose of carrying out a paid activity.

Ireland and the United Kingdom will not be subject to the application of the agreement, in accordance with the protocols annexed to the EU treaties. The visa regime to these member states remains subject to their national legislation.