Schengen Visa Fees Set to Increase in June

By Ivan PetrenkoMay 22, 2024 18:00 PMNews
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Travellers preparing for European adventures face new challenges as Schengen visa fees are slated to rise in June. The impending 12% fee hike has sparked concerns among prospective visitors, prompting a closer examination of its potential impact on travel budgets.

The Schengen area encompasses 29 European countries that have abolished internal borders, allowing seamless travel across member states. For citizens of non-EU countries, obtaining a Schengen visa is a prerequisite for entry, necessitating careful consideration of fees and regulations.

Under the revised fee structure, adult applicants will see their fees increase to €90 from €80, while fees for children aged 6 to 12 will rise to €45 from €40. Additionally, nations deemed non-compliant with EU repatriation efforts may face even higher fees, potentially reaching €135 or €180.

The European Commission's decision to raise visa fees follows a comprehensive review mandated by the Schengen Visa Code, conducted every three years. This decision aligns with broader tourism initiatives aimed at attracting visitors from around the world. Recent policy updates, such as the "visa cascade" introduced in April 2024, underscore Europe's commitment to facilitating tourism while ensuring regulatory compliance.

As travellers navigate these changes, careful planning and informed decision-making will be essential to managing travel expenses effectively. While the increase in Schengen visa fees presents a new challenge, it need not deter travellers from experiencing the wonders of Europe. With foresight and flexibility, travellers can adapt their plans to make the most of their European journey.

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