Schengen visa fees set to increase to Euro 80 from next month
The new fees will come into effect from February 2. The increase in the visa fee comes as an updated Schengen Visa Code will apply from the same date.
From next month, your trip to much of Europe will be more expensive with Schengen visa fees set to increase to Euro 80 from the current Euro 60.
Officials say that children aged 6 to 12 will have to pay Euro 40 instead of Euro 35, as it is currently.
There will be no fee for infants and children below six years of age as there is “no change” in this regard in the updated regulations.
A Schengen visa is needed for 26 European countries, including Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Switzerland and Spain.
According to officials, the new fees will come into effect from February 2.
“The visa fee will increase to Euro 80 (for applicants not only from India, but from all countries except those with which the EU has a visa facilitation agreement),” said a European Commission spokesperson.
The increase in the visa fee comes as an updated Schengen Visa Code will apply from February 2, 2020, he said.
According to exchange rates on Wednesday, a Euro is equivalent to Rs 78.93.
The cost of applying for a Schengen visa had remained unchanged since 2006.
“A moderate increase of the fee to Euro 80 will ensure that we have sufficient financial resources to maintain a wide consular coverage worldwide, upgrade IT equipment and software and provide faster and user-friendly procedures for visa applicants," the spokesperson said.
The hike will also improve the capacity to detect potential security and irregular migration risks during visa application procedures, including by reinforcing consular staff to speed up the application process, he added.
This will also bring the fee in line with the level it would have reached based on the general EU-wide inflation rate since 2006, the spokesperson said.
By international standards, the Schengen visa fee will remain comparatively low. A visa to China, for instance, costs Euro 125 and Euro 133 for the US, Euro 100 for New Zealand and Euro 90 for India.
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.