Several new rules for applying for a Schengen visa have entered into force in all countries whose embassies issue this type of visa. The new rules include increased visa fees and extended application deadlines. Check out some of the key changes:
Increased visa fees
The cost of a Schengen visa has been increased from 60 to 80 euros for adults, and children between the ages of six and 12 now have to pay 40 euros instead of 35.
According to the European Commission, this campaign is aimed at increasing the number of employees, providing more stringent security checks and upgrading IT equipment and software.
For citizens of countries that have concluded a visa facilitation agreement with the European Union (EU), the amount of the fee remains the same.
Electronic application form
The application process has been greatly simplified. Schengen countries now accept electronic applications, and the application form can be signed and sent electronically.
Longer application deadlines
Applicants for a Schengen visa applied three months before the trip. Today, applications can be submitted for up to six months.
What is a Schengen visa?
A Schengen visa is a short-stay visa issued to persons wishing to travel to one or more countries within the 26 European countries of the Schengen area. It gives each owner the right to enter all countries in the region on a single visa. Successful candidates are given access to the area for tourism or business purposes and are given up to 90 days to stay.
Benefits for frequent travelers
Those who have previously visited the Schengen area and have a positive visa history will be given the opportunity to obtain a multiple-entry visa valid for up to five years. That is, people who have legally used their previous visas, have a good economic situation in their countries and intend to leave the area before their Schengen visa expires, will now be able to obtain a visa for up to five years with multiple entry. .
The Schengen area currently includes 26 European countries, 22 EU member states and member states of the European Free Trade Association – Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.