22 Sep 2016

EU signs visa-waiver agreement with Micronesia

7:10 pm on 22 September 2016

The European Union says it has signed a short-stay visa waiver agreement with the Federated States of Micronesia.

Federated States of Micronesia signs visa waiver agreement with the European Union. From left: FSM Secretary of Foreign Affairs Lorin S. Robert, Slovakia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Miroslav Lajčák and the European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos.

Federated States of Micronesia signs visa waiver agreement with the European Union. From left: FSM Secretary of Foreign Affairs Lorin S. Robert, Slovakia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Miroslav Lajčák and the European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos. Photo: European Union

The agreement provides for visa-free travel for EU citizens travelling to Micronesia and for citizens of the FSM when travelling to the EU for a stay of 90 days in any 180-day period.

Signed in New York on the margins of the UN General Assembly, the agreement was aimed at increasing people-to-people contacts, tourism and business links, according to the EU.

The visa-free travel applies to all categories of persons and for any kind of purposes of travel except for "persons travelling for the purpose of carrying out a paid activity".

The FSM joins the Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga, Palau, Kiribati and Tuvalu as Pacific countries approved for visa-free travel to the EU.

However the two biggest Pacific Island countries, Papua New Guinea and Fiji, remain off the list.

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