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No New Conditions Confirmed for Schengen Accession via Land Route, EU & Romania’s MFA Affirm


Ahead of Bulgaria and Romania’s partial Schengen accession, the European Commission has confirmed for SchengenVisaInfo that there are no new conditions related to migrant quotas for land border accession.

In spite of the fact that irregular migration concerns, among others, led to the postponement of the membership of these two countries to the Schengen Area, there are no additional migration quotas for its full accession, SchengenVisaInfo reports.

Romania and Bulgaria are committed to applying the Dublin acquit swiftly and diligently in full, through immediately taking back all asylum seekers for which Bulgaria and Romania are responsible.

Fiorella Boigner, press officer for Home Affairs

A press officer for Home Affairs of the European Commission, Fiorella Boigner, said that from March 31, the Council’s decision on the full application of all provisions of the Schengen acquis will apply in full, taking into account the provisions of the Visa Code.

Besides, Boigner emphasized that both Bulgaria and Romania, as all other Schengen Zone countries, will be eligible to issue multiple-entry visas valid for a period of up to five years.

Romania, as all other Schengen Member States, will have to apply the rules of the Visa Code. This means they will be able to issue multiple-entry visas with a validity of up to five years. A press officer for Home Affairs of the European Commission.

Fiorella Boigner, press officer for Home Affairs

Boigner emphasised that national short-term visas issued by authorities in Bulgaria and Romania before March 31, 2024, will remain valid during their period of validity for the purpose of transit through or stays in the Member States, not surpassing in any 190-day period.

Romania Also Confirms: No Additional Migrant Quotas

In addition, Romania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also confirmed for SchengenVisaInfo that the country has continuously met all the needed requirements.

Romania played an active and constructive role in the negotiations of the Pact on Asylum and Migration.

Romania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs

By the end of this month, Bulgaria and Romania will enter Schengen by air and sea, but not also when it comes to land border accession.

Recently, the Minister of Interior of Bulgaria, Kalin Stoyanov, confirmed that airports in the country are ready to enter Schengen by air and will also begin applying new passport-checking rules on March 31, 2024.

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