New Schengen visa fee rise
Schengen visa fee hike €20
All Schengen Visa applicants applying for a Schengen Visa from February 2020 and on will pay a hike of 33.3% visa application fee, according to SchengenVisaInfo.com. Now onwards, Europe’s trip will be more expensive by Euro 20, which means you’ll pay € 80 instead of € 60 that ends in January.
From Monday, February 2, 2020, the new fees will come into effect and the applicant needs to pay €80 for tha Schengen visa fee which used to be €60. Schengen visa is required for 26 European countries like Austria, Finland, Norway, Argentian and Germany.
A Euro is equivalent to Rs 78.83, as per the Thursday exchange rates.
This increase in visa fee is not only for Indians but for all the applicants excluding those with which EU has a non-visa or free-visa agreement. However, applicants will be able to apply for the Schengen visa application 6 months in advance maximum of their planned trip to Schengen countries. Unlike now the period for applying in advance is 3 months also, 2 weeks is the minimum application time before your traveling dates, European Commission spokesperson told PTI.
6 to 12 years old children visa used to Euro 35 but that has also increased by €5 so now the updated/increased fee would be €40 from 2, Feb 2020. However, for infants/newborns to below six years old, there won’t be any visa fee as in this regard there is “no change” in the updated guidance.
Why visa fee increased?
To provide faster and user-friendly methods for that they need enough financial resources to support a wide consular coverage worldwide, upgrade IT facilities/equipment, software, etc this increase in the fee is reasonable, as per ET.
Definitely, it will improve the ability to identify or detect potential security and irregular migration risks during visa application procedures also, including speed up the Schengen visa administration process.
Moreover, since 2006, the visa fee hasn’t been changed therefore this increase will bring the fee in line with inflation. By international examples,
- China visa costs Euro 125 and
- The United States visa costs €133
- New Zealand visa costs €100
- India visa costs €90
“The application form has been slightly restructured and the formulation of certain entries clarified so that applicants are aware of what information is required, but no substantial changes have been made,” the spokesperson said. The new visa codes were adopted by the European Parliament and the Council on June 20, 2019, following the European Union’s ordinary legislative procedure, he said.
No surprise, in 2018, India was listed as the third-largest source for Schengen visa applications with 10,81,359 such requests were made from the country, it said. “The Swiss consulate in New Delhi received 1,61,403 applications followed by the French consulate in New Delhi and Mumbai topping the list as the busiest Schengen consulate in India.
According to SchengenVisaInfo.com, member states that are not represented in India in terms of visa admission, are now obliged to cooperate with external service providers, in order to facilitate visa application for travelers.
This means Indians applying at an external visa service provider may have to pay up to Euro 160 per visa application if the external service providers set the maximum service fee permitted, which is Euro 80,” it explained.