From January 10, 2013, the citizens of 27 EU-member countries including Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Dania, Estonia, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Latvia, Poland, Lithia, Luxemburg, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Malta, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, The Netherlands, Sweden , Czech Republic, Portugal, Rumania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland, France, and four non-member but Schengen Acquis countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) can arrive in Armenia without visa requirements. The decision on this is scheduled to be accepted during the next NA session on 4th of October.
According to RA Foreign Ministry the passing to visa-free regime with these countries will foster tourism developments and doesn’t have any migration risks for Armenia. It will make visiting Armenia easier and will support to developing of international relations.
This will also help to the establishment of political and economic environment with EU countries. It has to be mentioned that Armenia is currently negotiating with EU so as to completely lift visa requirements in the future. By unilaterally lifting the visa requirements, Armenia expects to accelerate the signing of the visa relaxation agreement.