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EU Countries to Require Passport Checks

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | February 13, 2016

EU Countries to Require Passport Checks

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European Union countries are expected to toughen up on border checks, according to The Associated Press

After more than 20 years of being able to travel across borders among Schengen Area member countries without a passport, travelers will now need to have the documents on hand, AP said.

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Because of the migration crisis in the region, EU nations will invoke an emergency rule to tighten up borders for two years, according to AP, which was given access to confidential EU documents on condition of anonymity.

According to the documents, EU officials plan to declare that Greece is not protecting its border well enough, saying that about 2,000 people are arriving on Greek islands each day from Turkey.

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AP was given access to a Jan. 27 report, marked "restricted," in which the EU Commission cited "serious deficiencies in the carrying out of external border controls," and said that "Greece is seriously neglecting its obligations."

Greek officials declined to comment, according to AP.



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