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Entry Clearances: Moldova

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will establish a visa regime applicable to categories of persons wishing to visit the UK from Moldova at the same time as the analogous EU arrangements are put in place. (243703)

[holding answer 16 December 2008]: The UK has a visa regime in place for visitors from Moldova. The EU-Moldova visa facilitation agreement entered into force on 1 January 2008. It was concluded under an element of the Schengen acquis in which the UK does not participate. The agreements do, however, contain provisions recommending that the UK concludes bilateral visa-facilitation agreements. Although the UK is under no formal obligation, we intend to do so however, formal negotiations have yet to commence with Moldova.