Visiting Europe

For Ivorians wanting to visit friends and family in Europe, getting a visa is usually an incredible headache. You might think that if you’re married to a citizen of that benighted continent things would get a lot easier – surprisingly the answer for some countries is ‘yes it makes a big difference’ and for others ‘it barely counts’. If you’re married to a citizen of a Schengen country then when you apply for your Schengen visa you can skip about a third of the questions on the application form (all the tough ones) and with two photos, a marriage certificate and travel insurance you’ve got your visa almost guaranteed (and the charges are waivered). The odd things is that in the UK, the fact that you’re married to a UK citizen hardly makes a blind bit of difference – oddly the test remains on whether as an Ivorian traveller you are likely to return home.

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