The Schengen Area comprises the territories of over 20 European countries, and operates like a single state for international travel with external border controls for those travelling in and out of the area, but with no internal border controls when travelling between Schengen countries.
The Schengen Area consists of Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
A statement from Bermuda’s Government House said: “The European Commission has announced that it has proposed to the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union that specific categories of British citizens currently under the (Schengen) visa obligation be exempted from this requirement in the future.
“This does not mean an immediate change for Bermudian British Overseas Territories Citizen passport holders as the proposal must still be approved by both the above bodies before it can be brought into effect.
“The UK Government has formally welcomed the Commission proposal to add to the Schengen visa exemption list those categories of British nationals who were excluded from the visa list in 2006 and look forward to the proposal being agreed by the European Parliament and the Council.”
The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union will make a final decision on the Commission’s visa exemption proposal. You can read more details here on the European Commission’s website.
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