Bulgaria and Romania Will Join the Schengen Area in March 2024

by Anthony Losanno
Europe

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Bulgaria and Romania are the latest countries to be added to the Schengen Area in March. The Schengen Area is comprised of 27 European countries and makes it possible to pass between them without border controls between member nations.

The Schengen Area includes:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

I’ve traveled to all of the member countries in the Schengen Area (with the exception of Liechtenstein) and love that flights between these countries is sped up by not having to wait in line for passport control at the border. Bulgaria and Romania have been part of the European Union (EU) since 2007, but they have required passports. This will cease to be a travel requirement in March.

Each day, 3.5 million people cross the borders between these countries. The Schengen Area was created in 1995 after the Schengen Agreement was signed 10 years earlier between the five member states of the European Economic Community. These include Germany, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.

Anthony’s Take: I’m excited that the Schengen Area is continuing to grow. It makes life so much easier to be able to not wait in line for a passport stamp when traveling between them.

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