Schengen Visa Fees Increase in June4

According to the European Commission, Schengen visas will be more expensive starting this June. The cost will rise by 12 percent due to inflation in almost all the Schengen states.

New Visa Fees:

  • For adults: the basic fee will be from €80 to €90.
  • For children: the fee will rise from €40 to €45.

Despite this increase, the fees remain relatively low compared to visa costs in other countries. For instance, a visa for the UK starts at €134, the US around €185, and Australia €117.

Schengen Area Overview:

The Schengen Area includes most EU member states except Ireland and Cyprus. It also covers non-EU countries like Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland. Romania and Bulgaria are included for land borders.

Who Needs a Schengen Visa?

Non-EU citizens who don’t benefit from the Schengen Area’s 90-day rule need a Schengen visa. It includes people from countries like Pakistan, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and China. The visa is for tourism or family visits and allows a stay of up to 90 days in any six months. It cannot be used for work in the 28 European countries within the Schengen Area.

Visitors from the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia do not need a Schengen visa for short visits. They are allowed 90 days of visa-free travel every 180 days. Those who wish to stay longer or work in the Schengen area must apply for a different visa.

Reason for the Fee Increase:

The European Commission reviews visa fees every three years while considering various factors. It may include inflation and the average salary of civil servants in member states. In a meeting last December, an overwhelming majority of member states supported the fee increase, which was proposed on February 2.

External visa providers, such as visa agencies, are also allowed to raise their fees in line with the new rates. The maximum they can charge will increase from €40 to €45.

Other Considerations:

  • The fee for extending a Schengen visa fees will remain fixed at €30.
  • For countries that do not cooperate on readmitting their expelled citizens, the EU is considering higher fees. There would be a rise from €120 to €135 and from €160 to €180.

In summary, while Schengen Visa Fees are increasing, they remain lower than those of many other countries. This change is driven by inflation and is part of a regular review by the European Commission.