Published On: Tue, Mar 15th, 2016

Koenders: “Visa agreement Peru good for trade with Schengen countries and Caribbean parts of the Kingdom”

KoendersTHE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD - Minister Koenders today as President of the Council of the European Union signed a visa abolition agreement with Peru. As a result Peruvians can, from March 15, 2016, enter the Schengen area without a visa.

EU citizens were already allowed to enter Peru visa-free Peru.

Netherlands is in favor of this visa waiver. Peru is making strong economic and political developments. Netherlands, Aruba and Sint Maarten see opportunities to promote trade relations. In the relationship between the Netherlands and Peru the trade is central. The Netherlands aims at stepping up exports to Peru - particularly of knowledge and technology - in the top sectors agri & food, water, mining and energy, transportation and infrastructure.

The Netherlands also seeks to strengthen political ties with Peru, also in view of the constructive role of Peru in the region, economic growth in the country and the relative equal unanimity on issues like human rights.

Peruvians may stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days within a period of 180 days. The visa-free travel applies to all types of travelers and destinations, such as tourism, cultural visits, scientific activities, family visits and business trips.

Exceptions are people who come to the Schengen countries to do paid work. They still require a work visa. In addition to the visa-free Schengen, Peruvians will be held at the same visa-free category for Aruba, Bonaire, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten. Curaçao will soon decide on the exemption of Peruvians.

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