President Santos has announced that from December 3, 2015 Colombians will be able to travel visa-free to the 26 Schengen countries.
The news came during a visit from the current President of the Council of Europe, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
Santos will go to Brussels in December and sign the agreement after attending the World Climate Summit (COP21) in Paris.
He said, “After the COP21, I am going to go to sign the document, which is the final step, and after that moment, Colombians will be able to enter the 26 countries of Europe without visas. For us, that is of great importance.”
Colombians will be able to spend up to 90 days during a 180 day period in Schengen countries without needing a visa.
It is important to note that Colombians will continue to need a visa to visit the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, as they are not part of the Schengen zone.
By Daniel Steele