One of the main focuses of the European Union's integration efforts has long been the Schengen Agreement, which represents unrestricted movement throughout Europe. For several member states, however, the complete realisation of this ideal has proven to be unattainable. Among them, while with certain restrictions, Romania and Bulgaria have lately made progress towards entering the Schengen Area. Land border inspections continue to exist despite advancements, influencing the nature of transit within the area. This article explores the subtleties of Bulgaria's and Romania's partial entry into the Schengen Area as well as the effects of ongoing border restrictions.