Cape Verde and European Union sign short-stay visa agreement

30 October 2012

The European Union (EU) and Cape Verde signed a deal allowing citizens from the African country can be granted cheaper short-stay visas for trips to EU countries, the European Council said Monday.

The agreement, which was signed last Friday in Cape Verde during a visit to the archipelago by the president of the European Commission, will now be sent to the European Parliament for approval.

A short-stay visa allows a stay of not more than 90 days within a 180-day period and the agreement stipulates that the cost of issuing the visa will not exceed 30 euros and that certain categories of people, such as official delegations, children under 12, researchers and students, will be exempt.

The United Kingdom, Ireland, and Denmark will not be included in this deal with Cape Verde. (macauhub)