The Permanent Representatives in Brussels yesterday agreed to add 19 countries to the EU visa-free list.
The EU Council will now enter into negotiations with the European Parliament, with a view to the final adoption of the decision early next year.
"Our today's agreement is a significant step towards the future visa-free travel between the European Union and the 19 third countries. The Presidency strongly believe in the benefits of the visa-free travels and is very glad to have achieved the agreement among the Member States," said ambassador Raimundas Karoblis, chair of the Permanent Representatives Committee.
The countries covered are:
- Marshall Islands
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent
- The Grenadines
- Solomon Islands
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
To benefit from the visa-free travels, each of the 19 countries will still have to conclude a bilateral Visa Waiver Agreement meaning EU citizens can also travel to any of these countries without needing a visa.