Skip to main content

In a significant update affecting travellers worldwide, the European Commission has announced an increase in Schengen visa fees for non-EU countries, effective June 11, 2024. This change is formalized in the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2024/1415, dated March 14, 2024. This amends the previous Regulation (EC) No 810/2009.

Background and Rationale

The decision to increase the Schengen visa fees follows a comprehensive assessment by the European Commission. According to Article 16(9) of Regulation (EC) No 810/2009, the Commission have to review visa fees periodically based on objective criteria. The recent evaluation considered factors such as the general Union-wide inflation rate and the weighted average salaries of civil servants of Member States between July 1, 2020, and July 1, 2023. This analysis concluded a 12.5% increase in visa fees was necessary to align with these economic developments.

EU Made €3.4 Million from Nigerian Schengen Visa Rejections… Read more.

New Fee Structure

Under the new regulation, the standard visa fee for Schengen visa applicants will be EUR 90. The previous amount was EUR 80. Additionally, specific categories of applicants, such as children between six and twelve years, will see their visa fees adjusted to EUR 45.

For some visa applications that fall under special categories, the fees will be EUR 135 or EUR 180. Notably, this provision does not apply to children under 12.

Implications for Member States and Travelers

The revised regulation applies uniformly across most EU Member States and several non-EU countries associated with the Schengen Area. As part of their association agreements with the EU, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein are to implement this regulation. Denmark, which has incorporated Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 into its national law, will also comply with this update.

However, Ireland, which does not participate in the Schengen Area, is not bound by this regulation. They will not implement the increased fees.

Broader Context

This fee adjustment is part of the EU’s broader efforts to ensure the sustainability and efficiency of the Schengen visa system. By aligning Schengen visa fees with economic realities, the EU aims to maintain the quality and effectiveness of visa processing services across the Schengen Area.

Conclusion

If you plan to visit the Schengen Area after June 11, 2024, prepare for the new visa fees. This update stresses the importance of staying informed about regulatory changes affecting travel plans and costs.

Are you planning a trip to Europe? Ensure a smooth and stress-free journey with our expert Schengen visa processing services and tailored travel packages. Contact us today to get started on your visa application and create unforgettable travel memories.

Your European adventure awaits!

Chinwe

Author Chinwe

More posts by Chinwe

Leave a Reply

Close Menu

All rights reserved Salient.