European Migration Network


Schengen Countries Confirm: New Visa Code to Be Implemented as of February – Visa Fees Increase to €80

All Schengen Visa applicants lodging an application file from February 2020 and on, will be subject to the new Schengen Visa Code, which among others foresees an increase in visa fees by 33.3%.

This means that as of Monday, February 2, 2020, Schengen visa applicants will need to pay a fee of €80 instead of €60 per application as it has been so far.

At the same time, applicants will be able to file an application 6 months in advance of their intended trip to the Schengen area, unlike now, when this period is three months in advance. The latest that an application can be submitted, however, is two weeks.

The new visa code obliges Schengen member countries to outsource visa admission to another Schengen member country, or a visa processing service center in those countries they do not have representation so that visa applicants no longer need to travel to another country juts to file an application.

The updated Visa Code was adopted by the EU Council in June 2019, and it applies to all European Union Member States and associate countries that participate in the Schengen Agreement.

The new code also foresees the extension of the available application period from three to six months prior to the trip and a harmonized approach to the issuing of multiple entry visas to regular travelers with a positive visa history for a period, which increases gradually from 1 to 5 years.

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