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12th January 2022
External Relations & Trade Internal Market

Golden passports: Commission proposes partial suspension of visa waiver agreement with Vanuatu

The European Commission has proposed today a partial suspension of the visa waiver agreement with Vanuatu in order to ​​mitigate the risks posed by Vanuatu's investor citizenship schemes (golden passports) ‘on the security of the EU and its Member States’.

According to the Commission, Vanuatu's golden passport schemes allow individuals who would otherwise need a visa to travel to the EU to bypass the regular Schengen visa procedure and the in-depth assessment of individual migratory and security risks it entails. 

The Commission is therefore proposing a partial and proportionate suspension of the visa waiver agreement. The suspension would be applicable to all holders of ordinary passports issued as of 25 May 2015, when Van

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