YEREVAN, January 10. /ARKA/. The abolishment by Armenia of the entry visas for the citizens of the EU and the EEA- EFTA Member States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) will enter into force on Thursday, January 10.
Deputy foreign minister Shavarsh Kocharian said the move will help deepen relations between Armenia and the EU
The citizens of these countries, according to the law "On foreign persons" may stay in Armenia without a visa for 90 days during one year.
The EU and Armenia signed on 17 December 2012 a visa facilitation agreement in Brussels. The document which was signed on behalf of Armenia by foreign minister Edward Nalbandian, makes it easier and cheaper for citizens of Armenia, in particular those who travel most, to acquire short-stay visas allowing them to travel to and freely throughout the EU. The agreement also provides that the visa handling fee will not be collected for certain categories of applicants, including members of official delegations, children below the age of twelve, pensioners, researchers and students.
The EU has been negotiating an Association Agreement with Armenia since July 2010 in the framework of the Eastern Partnership and the European Neighborhood Policy. The future Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area will be part of this Agreement, which aims at closely associating this country to the EU both in economic and political terms, in line with the Eastern Partnership objectives. The future trade relations will therefore expand significantly beyond the scope of current cooperation, set out in the Partnership and Cooperation Agreements, in force since July 1999. -0-