Grenadians will soon able to travel to the countries of the European Union in the Schengen area, without requiring a visa.
This follows the European Council’s decision to sign the Short Stay Visa Waiver Agreement between Grenada and the European Union. The Agreement is expected to be signed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Clarice Modeste-Curwen in Brussels on Thursday, 28 May 2015 and will allow Grenadians to visit the countries of the European Union for up to 90 days within any 180 day period without a visa. Similarly, citizens of the European Union will be able to visit Grenada for the same period without a visa.
The countries of the European Union in the Schengen area to which the agreement applies are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia,Finland, France, Germany, Greece Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
The agreement will cover all categories of persons travelling for purposes of tourism, cultural visits, scientific activities, family visits, and business. This rencludes journalists, sportspersons and intra-corporate trainees. However, it does not include persons travelling for the purpose of carrying out a paid activity for which a visa would be required.
Nationals of Grenada are exempt from visa requirements for short stays (less than 90 days) in the French Overseas territories of Martinique and Guadeloupe; and the Caribbean Netherlands (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba). However, a visa will still be required to travel to Saint-Martin, French Guiana, Saint Barthélemy; and the Dutch countries in the Caribbean (Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten).
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