EU may remove Schengen Visa requirement for Thais

Prime Minister Yingluck and Baroness Catherine Ashton, EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, discussed on 13 November 2013 the possibility of exempting Thai people from applying for Schengen visa prior to ordinary visits.

PM Yingluck drew Catherine Ashton’s attention to the 85-percent increase of Thai tourists to Japan which was a result of the Japanese Government granting visa exemption for Thai nationals. Visa exemption for Thai nationals to the Schengen area, which covers the EU countries plus a few others, including Norway, would similarly help stimulate mutual trade, investment, and tourism, and enable closer and more convenient interaction between European and Thai citizens.

According to the news release of the Royal Thai Government, the Prime Minister also briefed the Baroness about the current political situation and the High Representative commended PM Yingluck for her leadership and her role in the promotion of democratic peace, and expressed support for the democratically elected government.

 

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