Yes, Cyprus is already a member of the Schengen Area.
Cyprus became a member of the Schengen Area in 2004, along with seven other countries. As a member of the Schengen Area, Cyprus enjoys the benefits of free movement within the continent. In addition, it is a popular tourist destination for European travelers. According to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, “Cyprus is considered a safe country with a low level of criminality and a stable political and social environment.”
However, there have been discussions in recent years about the enlargement of the Schengen Area, and Cyprus is yet to become a full member of the Schengen Agreement. In 2021, the European Parliament called on the European Council to “urgently begin work on the accession process for the Schengen area” for Cyprus and other countries.
According to the European Commission’s 2018 annual report on the functioning of the Schengen Area, Cyprus still has some challenges to overcome in terms of effectively managing its external borders and addressing issues such as irregular migration. Nevertheless, the report also noted that “significant progress has been made” by Cyprus in recent years.
A table summarizing the current Schengen status of European countries:
As John Major, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, once said: “The Schengen Agreement is not an optional extra, it is a cornerstone of the Union.” The Schengen Area remains an important aspect of European integration, facilitating the free movement of people and goods across borders.
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Even though Cyprus applied for Schengen Membership in September 2019, the country will still have to wait for such a process to be finalized, as according to EU’s Vice President Margaritis Schinas, “in this revised strategy for us, Schengen enlargement is a priority for the three countries, Romania, Bulgaria, and
As of April 2021, Cyprus is not part of the Schengen Zone. However, the country has formally started the process of joining the Schengen area. National visas issued by the Embassies of Cyprus are valid for Cyprus only and do not permit the holder to enter other Schengen zone countries. According to the European Union’s Home Affairs Commissioner, Ylva Johansson, Cyprus is not yet ready to become the newest member of the borderless zone.
As of April 2021, Cyprus is not part of the Schengen Zone. However, the process of joining the Schengen Zone has started. This means that national visas issued by the Embassies of Cyprus are valid for Cyprus only. They do not permit the holder to enter other Schengen zone countries.
14/04/2021. The Republic of Cyprus has announced that it has formally started the process of joining the Schengen area. This revelation marks the country’s first step towards Schengen membership and could in time make it a destination that many European’s may travel to passport-free.
The European Union’s Home Affairs Commissioner, Ylva Johansson, has extinguished the hopes of Cyprus to join the Schengen Area, as according to her, the island nation is not yet ready to become the newest member of the borderless zone yet.
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