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European Agreement on Regulations governing the Movement of Persons between Member States of the Council of Europe

Paris, 13.XII.1957

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The governments signatory hereto, being members of the Council of Europe,

Desirous of facilitating personal travel between their countries,

Have agreed as follows:

Article 1

  1. Nationals of the Contracting Parties, whatever their country of residence, may enter or leave the territory of another Party by all frontiers on presentation of one of the documents listed in the Appendix to this Agreement, which is an integral part thereof.
  2. The facilities mentioned in paragraph 1 above shall be available only for visits of not more than three months' duration.
  3. Valid passports and visas may be required for all visits of more than three months' duration or whenever the territory of another Party is entered for the purpose of pursuing a gainful activity.
  4. For the purposes of this Agreement, the term "territory" of a Contracting Party shall have the meaning assigned to it by such a Party in a declaration addressed to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe for communication to all other Contracting Parties.

Article 2

To the extent that one or more Contracting Parties deem necessary, the frontier shall be crossed only at authorised points.

Article 3

The foregoing provisions shall in no way prejudice the laws and regulations governing visits by aliens to the territory of any Contracting Party.

Article 4

This Agreement shall not prejudice the provisions of any domestic law and bilateral or multilateral treaties, conventions or agreements now in force or which may hereafter enter into force, whereby more favourable terms are applied to the nationals of other Contracting Parties in respect of the crossing of frontiers.

Article 5

Each Contracting Party shall allow the holder of any of the documents mentioned in the list drawn up by it and embodied in the Appendix to this Agreement to re-enter its territory without formality even if his nationality is under dispute.

Article 6

Each Contracting Party reserves the right to forbid nationals of another Party whom it considers undesirable to enter or stay in its territory.

Article 7

Each Contracting Party reserves the option, on grounds relating to ordre public, security or public health, to delay the entry into force of this Agreement or order the temporary suspension thereof in respect of all or some of the other Parties, except insofar as the provisions of Article 5 are concerned. This measure shall immediately be notified to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, who shall inform the other Parties. The same procedure shall apply as soon as this measure ceases to be operative.
A Contracting Party which avails itself of either of the options mentioned in the preceding paragraph may not claim the application of this Agreement by another Party save insofar as it also applies it in respect of that Party.

Article 8

This Agreement shall be open to the signature of the members of the Council of Europe, who may become Parties to it either by:

  1. signature without reservation in respect of ratification;
  2. signature with reservation in respect of ratification followed by ratification.

Instruments of ratification shall be deposited with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

Article 9

This Agreement shall enter into force on the first day of the month following the date on which three members of the Council shall, in accordance with Article 8, have signed the Agreement without reservation in respect of ratification or shall have ratified it.

In the case of any member who shall subsequently sign the Agreement without reservation in respect of ratification or shall ratify it, the Agreement shall enter into force on the first day of the month following such signature or the deposit of the instrument of ratification.

Article 10

After entry into force of this Agreement, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe may invite any non-member State to accede to it. Such accession shall take effect on the first day of the month following the deposit of the instrument of accession with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

Article 11

Any government wishing to sign or accede to this Agreement which has not yet drawn up its list of the documents mentioned in Article 1, paragraph 1, and appearing in the appendix, shall submit a list of such documents to the Contracting Parties through the Secretary General of the Council of Europe. This list shall be considered to be approved by all the Contracting Parties and shall be added to the appendix to this Agreement if no objection is raised within two months of its transmission by the Secretary General.

The same procedure shall apply if a signatory government wishes to alter the list of documents drawn up by it and embodied in the appendix.

Article 12

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe shall notify members of the Council and acceding States:

  1. of the date of entry into force of this Agreement and the names of any members who have signed without reservation in respect of ratification or who have ratified it;
  2. of the deposit of any instrument of accession in accordance with Article 10;
  3. of any notification received in accordance with Article 13 and of its effective date.

Article 13

Any Contracting Party may terminate its own application of the Agreement by giving three months' notice to that effect to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

In witness whereof the undersigned, being duly authorised thereto, have signed this Agreement.

Done at Paris, this 13th day of December 1957, in English and French, both texts being equally authentic, in a single copy which shall remain deposited in the archives of the Council of Europe. The Secretary General of the Council of Europe shall transmit certified copies to the signatory governments.


Appendix

(in force since 1 September 2013 – Last amendment : Hungary – See all declarations including registration dates)

Austria

- Valid passport or expired within the last five years
- Official identity card.

Belgium

- Belgian passport, valid or expired within the last 5 years
- Official identity card
- Official identity card issued to a Belgian national, having the force of an immatriculation certificate, by a Belgian diplomatic or consular agent abroad
- Identity certificate with photograph issued by a Belgian Local Authority to a child under 12 years of age
- Identity paper without photograph issued by a Belgian Local Authority to a child under 12 years of age. This document will only be accepted in the case of children travelling with their parents
- Valid alien's identity card, issued by the competent authorities of the country of residence, for Belgians lawfully residing in France, Luxembourg and Switzerland, and stating that the bearer is of Belgian nationality
- Provisional identity card.

Cyprus

- valid passport of the Republic of Cyprus,
- valid national identity card,
- valid laissez-passer.

France

- French passport, valid or expired within the last five years (a new model has been circulated since 28 April 1999; the previous model, delivered under certain conditions, remains valid)
- Valid French identity card
- French identity card valid for three months
- Valid alien's identity card, issued by the competent authority in the country of residence, for French nationals lawfully residing in Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland; the card must indicate the holder's nationality.

Please note that France updated its list of documents on 18 June 2014 in a Declaration notified by the Secretariat General to all member States on 20 June 2014 (See Notification of Declaration JJ7792C Tr./025-61). In accordance with Article 11 of the Agreement, this list shall be considered to be approved by all the Contracting Parties and shall be added to the appendix to the Agreement if no objection is raised within two months of its transmission by the Secretary General.

Federal Republic of Germany

- Passport, provisional passport, child's passport or child's travel certificate of the Federal Republic of Germany, valid or expired within the last year
- Official identity card of the Federal Republic of Germany, valid or expired within the last year
- Valid provisional identity card of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Greece

- valid “new type” Greek passports (regular passports, diplomatic passports, official passports), issued since 1 January 2006. Since 26 August 2006 , those passports include biometric data (photo, personal data) contained in a RF-Chip, while since 26 August 2009 they include, additionally, images of fingerprints of the passport bearer, contained in a chip.
- “new type” Greek Police Identification Cards (morphotype ID1), which are valid as travel documents since 1 June 2010.

Hungary

- valid ordinary passport or expired within one year,
- valid temporary ordinary passport,
- valid diplomatic passport,
- valid service passport for foreign service,
- valid service passport,
- valid shipman’s service passport,
- valid identity card or expired within one year.

Italy

- Valid passport of the Italian Republic
- Official identity card of the Italian Republic
- For children : certificate containing civil state's information, delivered by the municipal authority of the place of birth or residence, with photograph, stamped by the police
- Personal identity card issued to State officials.

Liechtenstein

- the national passport of the Principality of Liechtenstein
- the identity card of the Principality of Liechtenstein .

Luxembourg

- Luxembourg passport, valid or expired within the last 5 years
- Official identity card
- Identity and travel papers issued to a child of under 15 years of age by a Luxembourg local authority
- Valid alien's identity card, issued by the competent authorities of the country of residence, for nationals of Luxembourg residing in Belgium, France, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, stating that the holder is of Luxembourg nationality.

Malta :

- Valid national passport
- Valid official Identity card.

Netherlands

- National passport,
- Dutch identity card,
- Business passport,
- Diplomatic passport,
- Official passport,
- Laissez-passer,
- Provisional passport.

Portugal

- Valid passport or expired within the last five years
- Valid national identity card,
- Valid collective identity and travel certificate.

Slovenia

- Valid ordinary passport,
- Valid diplomatic passport,
- Valid service passport,
- Valid emergency passport.

(Note by the Secretariat : the Slovene valid emergency passport has been accepted by Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Spain under the condition that its use is limited to return to Slovenia.)

Spain

- Passport, valid or expired within the last five years
- Valid national identity card
- For persons under 18 years of age, valid national identity card together with an authorisation given by the person exercising parental authority after appearing before a central police station, magistrate, notary, mayor or commanding officer of a station of the Civil Guard (Garde Civile).

Switzerland

- National passport, valid or expired within the last five years;
- Valid Swiss identity card;
- Laissez-passer issued by a Swiss Representation abroad limited only to a direct return to Switzerland.

Turkey

- Valid national passport
- Travel certificate (for only one trip to return to Turkey).

Ukraine

- Passport of citizen of Ukraine for travel abroad
- Diplomatic passport
- Service passport
- Child travel document
- Seaman's identity document (subject to provision of shipboard list or abstract of it)
- Certificate of aircraft crew member (subject to provision of record in flight list)
- identity document for the return to Ukraine (only for the return to Ukraine).