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Regulation 539/2001 harmonises the list of third countries whose nationals do, or do not, need a visa to cross the external borders of the Member States. Article 1(1) of the Regulation specifies that Annex I sets out a definitive list of those third countries whose nationals must have visas to cross the external borders (a "negative list"), while Article 1(2) specifies that Annex II sets out the list of third countries whose nationals do not need visas to cross the external borders of the Member States (a "positive list"). The negative list consisted initially of 130 countries, and the positive list consisted initially of 44 countries. The removal of visa requirements from certain third states is the most significant aspect of Regulation 539/2001. The reluctance of Member States to allow admission of refugees and stateless persons with travel documents from positive list countries without a visa is disappointing.

Keywords: external borders; negative list; positive list; refugees; regulation 539/2001; stateless persons; third countries; visa requirements

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