The Schengen convention is an agreement among European countries to abolish border controls between participating countries, harmonize external border controls, and organize cross-border police co-operation. It also implements a common visa area, whereby temporary visitors only need a single visa which is valid for all countries. The convention was originally signed by Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and The Netherlands in 1985, and has since expanded to include most European Union member states and several other countries.
Celebrations herald the enlargement of the Schengen zone to include nine more EU countries.
Information about the Schengen visa for residents of the United States of America.
Background, history and current members.
Full text of the convention of 1990.
The information system used to implement the Schengen treaty. Lists people who are undesirable, requested for extradition, missing persons, suspects, stolen documents, vehicles, etc...
History and development of the Schengen area.
A short article in European Navigator about the creation of the area.
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