577 058 Moldovan citizens travelled to Schengen area during two years of visa-free regime
Two years ago, on 28 April 2014, following a long and complex process the European Union abolished the short-term visa requirements for the citizens of the Republic of Moldova, holders of biometric passports, travelling to the Schengen area.
Visa free regime with the European Union represents one of the most tangible benefits of the European integration for all citizens of the Republic of Moldova.
During these 2 years, 577 058 Moldovan citizens, holders of biometric passports, travelled to the Schengen area for 1 400 122 times. At the same time, according to the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders (Frontex) only about 0,3% of refusals of entry and 0,5% of illegal stay were registered. Thus, Moldovan citizens have had a responsible attitude to this freedom.
The possibility of a visa free travel is open for all the 1 482 810 holders of biometric passports, including for the ones from the Transnistrian region (98 213).
Visa free travel significantly facilitated people-to-people contacts and will further strengthen business, social and cultural ties between the Republic of Moldova and the European Union.
Being the first and, at this stage, still the only Eastern Partnership country which has a visa free regime with the European Union, the Republic of Moldova has shared its experience on implementation of the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan with Georgia and Ukraine.