Proposal for a COUNCIL DECISION on the conclusion of the Agreement between the European Union and Antigua and Barbuda amending the Agreement between the European Community and Antigua and Barbuda on the short-stay visa waiver

1. This Explanatory Memorandum (EM) relates to a proposal from the Commission to amend the Agreement between the European Community and Antigua and Barbuda on the short-stay visa waiver. This document seeks council approval to conclude the agreement. There is a linked EM (11611/17) which seeks approval to empower a person to sign the agreement on behalf of the European Union.

2. Council Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 lists the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of a visa when crossing the external borders of the Member States and those whose nationals are exempt from the requirement. Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 applies to all Member States with the exception of Ireland and the United Kingdom. Antigua and Barbuda is on the visa-free list.

3. Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of 26 June 2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council re-defined the concept of ‘short-stay’ for third-country nationals in the Schengen area. The definition of ‘short-stay’ was changed from ‘three months during a six-month period from the date of first entry’ to ‘90 days in any 180-day period’. The old definition of ‘short-stay’ is, however, still referred to in the visa waiver agreements the European Union concluded with a number of countries, including Antigua and Barbuda. The Commission is proposing an agreement to amend the definition of ‘short-stay” in the EU/Antigua and Barbuda visa waiver agreement.

Topic  short stay visas 
Department  Home Office 
Council Reference  11610/17 
COM Reference  COM(17) 392 
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Associated file(s)


  1. Doc 11610/17 - 396 KB - pdf
  2. Doc 11610/17 ADD 1 - 328 KB - pdf
  3. EM 11610/17 - 1 MB - pdf

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