Europe’s passport-free travel area

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In a desperate attempt to stop the huge influx of migrants who are escaping due to conflict and poverty, there are some European countries that have started tightening the border and erecting fences. As increasingly large numbers of people leave Italy and Greece to move further into the EU or the European Union, there are people who are raising questions about the viability and accessibility of the passport-free area of Europe. The Schengen area, also known as the no-checking zone doesn’t allow people to travel across borders. But it allows the flow of goods, business expertise and services in an attempt to boost the European economy. The concerns of this article will deal with all the things that you need to know about the passport-free area of Europe. Check them out.

• It is European, not EU: Schengen is the other name for the village Luxembourg where the border treaty was introduced around 30 years ago. It has 26 members, among which are 22 of the EU nations and apart from them, there are Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Lichtenstein. Some EU states like Croatia, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania and Britain aren’t in but they wish to join. Controlling the borders have been continuing since 20 years and Schengen will most likely be modified according to the new rule.

• How this place works: Any person who enters the Schengen area should go through an ID check against a criminal and custom database. This check can be done around the perimeter of Europe or it can also be done at the airport, for the Americans who are flying to Paris with their new US passport. But once they’re in, no ID checks are allowed.

• Passport checks for Intra European flights: Checking passports at European airports are done by flight members for commercial purposes. They just want to ensure that the traveler is the same person as is mentioned on the ticket. Such checks are allowed until the ID is not swiped into the database.

• Security checks: Security checks are never linked to Schengen and the National Police is always free to conduct whichever kind of checks they think is necessary. They may check the ID of the people but they should not check documents that are against the database of the computer. However, if they suspect people of being a criminal, they may do so too. So, if you’ve applied for a passport renewal, you may be sure that it might not be checked by the border security.

• Closing of borders: The Schengen countries can close their borders during exceptional and unanticipated circumstances, which is mostly for security reasons. Germany did it in the month of June for G7 summit. The nations should inform the Commission about their reasons and intentions.

Hence, if you’re thinking of how to apply for a new passport and you’re traveling to these passport-free areas of Europe, you might think of postponing the idea of doing so. Know all details before stepping into Schengen countries.


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