New rules of obtaining Schengen visas entered into force

Updated by the Visa code, the EU started to operate on February 2

Updated the rules for issuing Schengen visas began to act on 2 February, the press service of the European Commission.

the Changes relate to short-term visas in 22 EU countries, the Schengen area, and four associated with the Union countries: Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. A single short-term visa issued by one of them, valid for travel to 26 countries of the Schengen agreement up to 90 days within any 180-day period.

the Application can be submitted six months prior to the trip instead of three under the old rules, but not later than 15 days before the trip. To fill out an application in electronic form.

the Visa fee increased from 60 to 80 euros. We also introduce a review mechanism every three years the necessity of changing the fees for the visa.

In January, the Finnish foreign Ministry has warned about possible delays to visa issuance. This is explained by the fact that in February – March there will launch a new system for processing visa applications. In urgent cases it is recommended to contact the nearest Embassy of Finland.

In February, the system will be operational in London, Hong Kong, Central Europe, Africa and the middle East, Australia and Asia (except China, India and the Philippines), as well as in Petrozavodsk. In March it spread to the rest of Russia, China, India, Philippines.

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