The European Parliament in Strasbourg, France has approved visa exemption for citizens of Timor Leste (East Timor) to freely visit Shenghen countries armed only with a passport for stays of up to 90 days.
In return EU citizens will also no longer need a visa to enter Timor Leste, and these new rules will be applied as soon as a two-way agreement on the subject is put in place.
The parliament’s approval was given as part of a review of European visa regulations – previously agreed by the European Parliament and the EU Council of Ministers – and includes 18 other countries, as well as Timor Leste.
Citizens from the 19 countries that are passport holders will no longer need to be issued a visa for short stays (up to 90 days out of a period of 180 days) for business, tourism or family trips.
The new regulation includes reciprocal visa exemption based on agreements stipulating visa exemption for EU citizens who wish to visit Timor-Leste are any of the other 18 countries. (macauhub)