December 8, 2016 10:59 am

PM pushes for visa-free entry to Schengen countries

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has raised Fiji’s lack of visa-free access to Schengen countries amid a wide-ranging discussion with the President of the European Council, Mr Donald Tusk. At the meeting, held in Brussels, PM Bainimarama requested urgent action be taken to grant Fiji visa-free access to the Schengen zone, given that Fiji has already met […]

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has raised Fiji’s lack of visa-free access to Schengen countries amid a wide-ranging discussion with the President of the European Council, Mr Donald Tusk.

The PM and his delegation meets with Mr Tusk and his delegation.
The PM and his delegation meet with Mr Tusk in Brussels.

At the meeting, held in Brussels, PM Bainimarama requested urgent action be taken to grant Fiji visa-free access to the Schengen zone, given that Fiji has already met the requirements for visa-free travel and had submitted a formal request to the EU in 2015. He also cited the visa-free status already granted to many other Pacific Island countries.

PM Bainimarama also briefed Mr Tusk on Fiji’s plans as President of the 23rd session of the United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP-23) and sought EU support for Fiji’s agenda.

President Tusk commended Fiji’s rapid development and assured the EU’s full support to Fiji through the EU representative in Fiji, Mr Andrew Jacobs.