- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- All Balkan Countries
Here is a timeline of key events in that the led to the inclusion of Bosnia and Albania in the so-called white Schengen list, allowing its citizens visa free travel into Europe.
In June 2003, in the Thessaloniki summit, the European Union recognizes the need to liberalize visas with the Western Balkans countries.
January 1, 2008
The European Union, four years after the Thessaloniki summit eases visa application procedures for professionals in the Western Balkans.
June 3, 2008
Than European Commission deputy-president Franco Frattini presents the visa roadmap in Tirana. The fulfillment of the criteria of the roadmap would allow Western Balkan countries to join the white Schengen list.
Dec 16, 2009
Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbian citizens are granted right to travel free into the Schengen zone without a visa. Decision for Bosnia and Albania pushed for 2010.
May 27, 2010
The European Commission adopts a proposal enabling citizens of Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina to travel to Schengen countries without needing a short-term visa.
October 7, 2010
The European Parliament approves the visa liberalization report for Bosnia and Albania, with 538 votes in favour and 47 against
November 8, 2010
European Union interior ministers scrap visas for citizens of Albania and Bosnia, allowing them to travel to Schengen countries.
While travel agents gear up to cash in on Albanians traveling westwards, experts say the outflow of currency may harm the struggling local economy.
Kosovo’s government stresses that it has fulfilled the criteria set by the European Commission on visa liberalisation, as it gears up for an expected EC mission in December.