“European countries cannot ban the entry of Italian citizens into the Schengen area,” Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babié said in early March. The only way is for the Italian Prime Minister to ask his fellow citizens not to go to other countries of the European Union.  IMPORTANT NOTE: Citizens of the aforementioned countries do not require a visa if they travel to the UK for a short stay of up to 90 days. However, the inhabitants and citizens of these countries do not yet need a Schengen visa if they originally come from countries that have not signed this exceptional agreement. Schengen visas can be issued by any Member State of the Schengen Area. Travellers should contact the embassy or consulate of the country they wish to visit. For travellers to several Schengen countries, travellers must apply to the embassy or consulate of their main destination.  If it is not possible to determine the main destination, the traveller should apply for the visa at the embassy of the Schengen Member State from the first entry.   Often, external service providers are mandated by certain diplomatic missions to process, withdraw and return visa applications. Schengen states that share a common land border with a third state are allowed, in accordance with the European Union Regulation 1931/2006, to conclude or maintain bilateral agreements with neighbouring third countries for the purpose of implementing a border area system.  Such agreements define a border area of up to 50 km on both sides of the border and provide for the granting of permits for small border traffic for the inhabitants of the border area. Authorizations can be used to cross the EU`s external border within the border area, are not stamped when crossing the border and must include the name and photo of the holder, as well as a statement indicating that the holder is not allowed to travel outside the border area and that any abuse is punishable.
Most Schengen visas have been issued to applicants in the countries listed below (when more than 100,000 visas were issued last year).     The applicants were not necessarily nationals of those countries. You must apply for a Schengen visa if you intend to visit one or more European countries in the region for one of the following reasons: tourism and leisure, commercial purposes, visits by friends or family events, cultural and sporting events, airport and sea visits, official visits, medical treatment, short-term studies and research.