Will Peruvians get easier access to the European Schengen countries? Peru is waiting for approval from the European nations. Before a definite answer is given the European Union is looking at a report that addresses issues such as immigration, economic benefits of tourism and trade, as well as the diplomatic relations between Peru and the EU.
If the current visa regulations are let go, Peruvians will be able to visit the 26 Schengen countries with the sole requirement of having a passport. Once within the Schengen area Peruvians would be free to move within those countries. A visit would be limited to a maximum of 90 days.
The Schengen area was established in 1995 to encourage the free movement of goods, information, money and people. The 26 countries that are members agreed to abolish any type of border control between fellow members. In turn, external border control, meaning among countries excluded from the Schengen area, has been increased. In terms of international travel purposes, members of the Schengen area function as a single country.
Peru is also talking to the United States to create a similar visa agreement. According to Peru´s Foreign Minister, Gonzalo Gutierrez, “this procedure will take longer than the one with the European Union, but we are heading in that direction.” Before the visa-free agreement between the U.S. and Peru can be cleared, issues related to terrorism and air transportation regulations need to be discussed.