The European Union has warned that it plans to increase the cost of Schengen visas.
In this draft, the Commission proposed to increase the fee for applying for a Schengen visa from €80 to €90 for adults and from €40 to €45 for children. This decision was made against the backdrop of rising inflation.
The changes will apply to countries that have not reached an agreement on a simplified visa regime with the EU. The initiative will be open for feedback from EU citizens on this issue until March 1.
The EU also plans to further increase fees for countries that demonstrate "insufficient cooperation on readmission," which means accepting persons expelled from EU member states for re-entry. For countries that have not demonstrated cooperation in the field of readmission, the cost will increase from 120 to 135 euros and from 160 to 180 euros.
In addition, the Commission proposed to allow external Schengen visa providers to increase their fees in line with the changes. The maximum amount that external providers, such as visa agencies that collect Schengen visa applications on behalf of EU Member States, can charge is usually half the standard fee. The Commission proposes to increase this amount from 40 to 45 euros.
In contrast, the fee for the extension of a Schengen visa will remain fixed at 30 euros.