The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Regional Integration informs that, after the necessary internal procedures, both in the European Union and in Cape Verde, have been concluded, the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Cape Verde amending the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Cape Verde on the facilitation of the issuance of short-stay visas for citizens of the Republic of Cape Verde and the European Union, enters into force on 1 July 2022.
The short-stay visa facilitation agreement between Cape Verde and the European Union comes into force today after the necessary internal procedures have been concluded between the parties.
The press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs released last May explains that this new agreement contains provisions that significantly facilitate the mobility of Cape Verdeans within the European Union, with emphasis on the reduction of fees paid for the processing of requests. of visa.
The same source added that this initiative provides for the expansion of categories of persons benefiting from multiple-entry visas, the simplification of procedures and the evidence to be presented.
The aforementioned agreement, according to the same source, will make it possible to create a mechanism that determines the duration of validity of multiple-entry visas, and a clause that allows the suspension of the agreement or parts of it for reasons related to the lack of cooperation in the field of readmission.
The amendment agreement will further facilitate the issuance of short-stay visas to Cape Verdeans (up to 90 days in any 180-day period).
The new agreement was signed on March 18 2021, in Brussels by Portugal’s permanent representative, Nuno Brito, and by Cape Verde’s ambassador to the Union, José Filomeno Monteiro.
On December 9 of the same year, the Cape Verdean parliament unanimously approved the proposal for a resolution that approves, for ratification, the new short-stay visa facilitation agreement for citizens of the Republic of Cape Verde and the European Union ( HUH).
On the occasion, the Government considered that the simplification of visa issuance by the EU is a “great victory” for Cape Verde.
In 2014, Cape Verde became the first African country to conclude a visa facilitation agreement, in parallel with a readmission agreement with the EU, and in October 2019, the EU Council authorized the opening of these negotiations with Cape Verde. Verde, which was completed in July 2020.