The EU – Armenia visa facilitation agreement came into force on 1 January 2014. The countries that process applications for Schengen visas according to the simplified procedures set out in the Agreement are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden. Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein and Switzerland are not bound by the agreement. The agreement covers simplified procedures for processing short-stay visas for the Schengen area. In short, it is now easier, cheaper and less time consuming for Armenian citizens to obtain Schengen visas.