1. The visa facilities provided for in this Agreement shall apply to Citizens of Armenia only to the extent that they are not exempt from the visa requirement by the laws, regulations and other provisions of the Union or of the Member States, this Convention or other international instruments. 3. For the categories of persons referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article, all categories of visas shall be issued in accordance with the simplified procedure, without the need to justify, invite or validate the purpose of the journey provided for by the legislation of the Contracting Parties. From its entry into force, this Agreement shall prevail over the provisions of bilateral or multilateral agreements or arrangements concluded between each Member State and Armenia, in so far as the provisions of the latter agreements or arrangements relate to the matters addressed in this Convention. 1. The diplomatic and consular missions of the Member States shall issue to the following categories of persons multiple-entry visas valid for a period of five years: 3. The diplomatic and consular missions of the Member States shall issue to the categories of persons referred to in paragraph 2 of this Article multiple-entry visas with a validity period of at least two years and a maximum period of five years; if they have received, during the previous two years, one-year multiple entry visas in accordance with the legislation on entry and residence of the State visited, unless the need or intention to travel frequently or regularly is manifestly limited to a shorter period; in this case, the period of validity of the multiple-entry visa shall be limited to that period. Armenia started discussions on the Association Agreement with the EU on 3 On 27 September 2013, a process of accession to the Customs Union and the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) was interrupted. On 2 January 2015, Armenia joined the Eurasian Economic Union and became a full member of the EU alongside Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia. Despite Armenia`s accession to the Eurasian Economic Union, the process of facilitating the issuance of EU visas for Armenians continues. It seems that all the conditions are now in place to take the next step and start a dialogue on visas and, if so, move to a visa-free regime for short-term stays.
This is extremely important because visas are a major obstacle to cooperation and intermediate contacts, freedom to travel and studies. 2. Without prejudice to paragraph 3 of this Article, the fees for processing the visa application shall be established for the following categories of persons: Armenians who, for reasons of force majeure or for humanitarian reasons, are unable to leave the territory of the Member States on the date indicated in their visa, the duration of their visa shall be extended free of charge in accordance with the legislation applied by the host Member State. the time required for their return to the State of residence. HAVING REGARD TO the Joint Declarations of the Eastern Partnership Summits in Prague and Warsaw of 7 May 2009 and 30 September 2011 respectively, which expressed their political support for visa liberalisation in a secure environment2. The national law of Armenia or of the Member States, or Union law, shall apply to matters not covered by this Agreement, such as refusal to issue visas, recognition of travel documents, proof of sufficient means to support themselves and refusal of entry and expulsion measures. Through reforms, Armenia should prove that it is capable of modernising the country and creating a solid foundation for democracy, human rights and the rule of law by bringing its governance structure closer to EU standards. .