|Author (Corporate)||European Union|
|Series Title||Official Journal of the European Union|
|Series Details||L 18|
The short-stay visa waiver agreement provides for visa-free travel for the citizens of the European Union and for the citizens of Antigua and Barbuda when travelling to the territory of the other contracting party. The agreement was amended in 2018 in order to incorporate the new definition of the concept of 'short-stay'.
Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 re-defined the concept of 'short-stay' for third-country nationals in the Schengen area. The amendment introduced all the necessary changes in the EU's visa and borders acquis. However, the concept of short-stay was also enshrined in certain international agreements concluded by the European Union.
In October 2014 the Council of the European Union authorised the opening of negotiations for amending the short-stay visa waiver agreement between the EU and the relevant third countries. The negotiations with Antigua and Barbuda were successfully finalised by the initialling of the new agreement in October 2016.
In July 2017 the European Commission presented proposals on the signing and conclusion of the agreement. The signing was approved on 6 November 2017 by Council Decision (EU) 2017/2083 and the signature took place in Brussels on 25 April 2018. The conclusion of the agreement was approved on 20 December 2018 by Council Decision (EU) 2019/75 .
|Subject Categories||Justice and Home Affairs, Politics and International Relations|
|Countries / Regions||Antigua and Barbuda|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|