European embassies in Bahrain have doubled employees and extended working hours to ease the delays faced by Bahraini citizens applying for Schengen visas.
This emerged as Foreign Ministry's under-secretary Abdulla Abdullatif h
Bahraini travellers are being forced to change their holiday plans due to delays in obtaining Schengen visas, a report said.
Some travel agencies say around 30 per cent of people have had to push back their departure dates, while
Bahrain is considering introduction of new visa rules that mirror the policies of foreign countries when dealing with Bahraini visitors, said a top government official.
MPs yesterday voted unanimously in favour of the proposal, which would
French Ambassador Yves Oudin has issued a personal apology to visa applicants facing major delays.
He said he welcomed any suggestions from the public on ways to improve and fast track the visa process.
It follows a string of compl
Libya has lifted a visa ban on citizens of 25 European countries after EU president Spain said a Swiss-instigated visa blacklist against 188 Libyans in those countries had been scrapped.
'In the interests of strengthening its cooperati
Celebrations have been held after midnight to mark nine new states joining a European border-free zone.
The Schengen agreement, which allows passport-free travel across the area, now embraces 24 nations.
Some 2,000 people celebrate