In a shock announcement, the European Commission announced that from June it was granting Turkish citizens unlimited access to Europe’s passport-free Schengen area, in reward for Turkey’s decision to take back migrants who had crossed the Aegean Sea to Greece.
Turkey must still meet all of the criterial demands imposed by the E.U, and the deal granting Turkish citizens access to the visa-free Schengen zone will still need the approval of the European Parliament, but the reality is that the E.U fears without this arrangement, Turkey will not do their part to control migration, and the situation will spiral out of control.
For all intents and purposes, it is a done deal, and is surely the first step to what will be Turkey’s acceptance as a full E.U member, something the country has been campaigning for in one form or another since the 1980s. It’s also a dramatic about-turn for Germany and its leader Angel Merkel. Germany had previously been the one constant stumbling block in Turkey being granted E.U membership, and now Merkel and Germany have finally admitted that the E.U and Turkey need each other.
What This Means To Non-E.U Businesspeople
This is great news for high net-worth individuals from the Middle-East, Africa and Asia who have been desperate for unlimited access to the Schengen zone, and have previously needed to apply for a visa for every country they wished to enter. If a business person from Saudi Arabia for example had to visit the UK, France, Belgium, Austria and Germany during a business tour, they previously would have needed visas to enter all of those countries. Now, with the decree from the European Commission, if they have second citizenship to Turkey and hold a Turkish passport, the will only need a visa to enter the UK, as the UK is not part of the 26-nation Schengen Agreement.
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Which Countries Make Up The Schengen Area?
All European Union countries except the UK, Ireland, Cyprus, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania are part of the Schengen zone. Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein are not E.U members, but are also part of the Schengen agreement.
In alphabetical order, the 26 nations that make up the Schengen Agreement are:
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
The Turkish passport already has access to 122 countries, including Latin and Central America, Southern Africa, parts of Asia and Eastern Europe and most of South East Asia. Crucially, the Turkish passport is already accepted by all of the countries in the Caribbean including Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis and Saint Lucia, making it an ideal business passport to capitalize on the discreet banking services and tax shelters offered by those nations.
The addition of access to the Schengen Area will increase the power of the Turkish passport to a very respectable 148 nations. If full E.U citizenship is granted (and with Turkey’s unlimited access to the Schengen Area, this looks a foregone conclusion) the Turkish passport will increase in visa-free power even further.
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