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First Romania-Bulgaria flight takes place after partial Schengen entry

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The first Schengen zone flight between Romania and Bulgaria took place the day after the countries partially joined Europe’s ID-check-free travel zone.

After years of negotiations to join the Schengen area, Romania and Bulgaria now have free access for travellers arriving by air or sea from both countries. However, land border checks will remain in place due to opposition primarily from Austria which has long blocked their bid over illegal migration concerns.

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen hailed the change as a “huge success for both countries” and a “historic moment” for what is the world’s largest free travel zone.

The Schengen Area was established in 1985. Before Bulgaria and Romania’s admission, it was comprised of 23 of the 27 EU member countries, along with Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Around 3.5 million people cross an internal border each day.

https://www.euronews.com/2024/04/01/first-romania-bulgaria-flight-takes-place-after-partial-schengen-entry

 

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