Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.14
By Leman Zeynalova - Trend:
Croatia and Azerbaijan may open charter flights after visa facilitation, Chargés d'affaires ad interim of Croatian embassy in Azerbaijan Branko Zebic said in an interview with Trend.
He noted that it is expected to open a consular department at Croatian embassy in Azerbaijan soon and make visa issuance procedure for Azerbaijani citizens much easier and faster.
“We have good prospects for opening direct flights. There are also economic prospects for charter flights especially during the summer,” said the diplomat.
Regarding the possibility of visa-free regime between the two countries, Zebic said that Croatia cannot decide it on itself, as it is a part of the Schengen area.
He noted that at this stage tourism relations between Azerbaijan and Croatia are not at a high level, but expressed hope that with opening charter flights, it will be possible to increase tourist flow.
Earlier in 2016, Croatia simplified the rules of entry to the country for Azerbaijan's citizens.
According to those new rules, the Azerbaijani citizens with double or a multiple entry Schengen visa with a permission to enter any other EU country, got the right to enter Croatia without visiting the country of which the Schengen visa was obtained.
Azerbaijani citizens, obtaining Schengen visa, for example, in the embassies of Lithuania, Latvia and France, got the right to directly visit Croatia without the need to enter the country that issued the visa, as it was earlier.
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