EUROPE SUPPORTS VISA EXEMPTION FOR ECUADORIANS
In 2019, Ecuador has the backing of 12 European Union nations, as well as the verbal agreement of two additional member states, to abolish the visa by the end of that year. Former Minister of Foreign Affairs José Valencia discussed it at the time.
The Netherlands also indicated support for the abolition of the Schengen visa for Ecuador in July 2019. This was something that French President Emmanuel Macron backed at the time, claiming that Ecuador’s proposal appeared “reasonable.”
In 2019, Ylva Johansson, the newly appointed European Commissioner for Home Affairs, stated that “Ecuador has done everything necessary politically speaking” to get Schengen visa exemption for its people.
“It has received backing from a number of nations, particularly Spain, which plays a critical role in Europe’s connection with Latin America,” she added.
She did, however, point out that the exception requires the participation of the European Commission, the Council of Ministers, and the European Parliament.
Furthermore, Minister Montalvo recently revealed that Europe is currently hesitant to abolish the Schengen visa owing to the COVID-19 scenario.
EXTENSION OF SCHENGEN VISAS FOR ECUADORIANS AS A TEMPORARY MEASURE
On the other hand, the European Union’s ambassador in Ecuador, Charles-Michel Geurts, reported in April 2021 that the consulates of some Schengen countries are working to extend the validity of visas for Ecuadorians from two to four years.
The ambassador informed the media, as cited by etiasvisatoeu.com, that this would allow Ecuadorians to have “many entry” into the territory.
Geurts also stated that Ecuador has complied with the implementation of the biometric passport, which will be distributed beginning in October 2021.
According to the ambassador, this is one of the most important requirements for Ecuadorians to obtain a Schengen visa exemption.
ECUADOR REQUESTING VISA EXEMPTION FROM EUROPE
Ecuador has been negotiating with the European Union for the last five years on a visa-free travel deal for its nationals.
The request to be exempt from the Schengen visa for short-term travel from Ecuador was made for the first time in 2016, but no good response was received at the time.
Ecuador signed a Multilateral Trade Agreement late in 2017, after Peru and Colombia, in the hope that the visa requirement would be lifted, but to no avail.
“It was unfortunate that Ecuador did not sign the Multiparty Treaty with Europe in a timely way, since we would have been excluded from the visa requirement as well. And, sadly, the existing situation of events did not assist us “Luis Montalvo, Ecuador’s recently appointed Foreign Minister, said.
Lenn Moreno, the then-president of the Republic of Ecuador, revealed in January 2018 that the formal request had been made anew through the Spanish government.
Then, in 2019, talks with the EU were restarted in order to achieve the abolition of the visa requirement for Ecuadorians travelling to Europe. The exemption request was presented before Commissioner Ylva Johansson by the Foreign Minister at the time, Luis Gallegos.
The new Ecuadorian Foreign Minister, Luis Montalvo, stated at the start of September 2021 that they will continue to negotiate with the EU in all diplomatic cases and that they will “appeal to the understanding” of the European authorities.