For Nigerians and many other Africans, travelling to Europe for a holiday can be some hell because of the bureaucracy of securing a visa. But that shouldn’t be a problem any more thanks to the Schengen Agreement. The agreement abolished internal borders among signatory nations, allowing free and unrestricted movement of people. Of course, there are rules here and there essentially for security purposes, but the gist remains that a holder of a Uniform Schengen visa can travel to all 26 member countries of the Schengen Area
The Schengen agreement created the Schengen area, which is a zone consisting of 26 European countries who are signatories to the agreement. These 26 countries are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. By implication, the Schengen Agreement made Europe the largest visa-free zone in the world, spreading over an area of about 4,312,099 million km2.
Note, however, that while most of the Schengen countries are members of the European Union, the Schengen Area is not the same as the European Union.
The six EU members that have not joined the Schengen zone are Ireland and the United Kingdom – that still maintain opt-outs and Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Cyprus – that are required to and are seeking to join soon.
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