Schengen Visa fee hike: Your Europe trips to become costlier

New Schengen visa rules announced; longer validity and easier access to Indian nationals

All those planning a Europe vacation will now face higher costs due to the European Union’s increased fees for Schengen visas (type C), which recently came into effect. According to reports, the Slovenian Government announced that visa applications for adults seeking short stays will now cost €90, up from €80, marking a 12.5 percent increase. Meanwhile, applications for children aged 6 to 12 years will now be €45, up from €40. Read on for more details.

European Commission’s Decision

The European Commission decided to raise short-stay Schengen visa (type C) fees by 12 percent globally, effective June 11, 2024. The new fees are €90 for adults and €45 for children aged 6 to under 12, the Slovenian Government confirmed. Additionally, nationals from countries not cooperating on readmission and staying irregularly will face visa fees of €135 or €180.

Reasons Cited for the Increase

The Commission stated that the fee hike aims to offset inflation and rising salaries of member state employees. Fees are reviewed every three years, with the last adjustment made in February 2020. This change coincides with a 36.3 percent increase in visa applications in 2023 compared to 2022, although the numbers have not yet returned to the pre-COVID level of 16 million in 2019.

New Visa Regime for India

In April, a new visa regime for India was introduced, allowing frequent Indian travelers access to multi-year visas valid for up to five years. Indian nationals can now receive long-term multi-entry Schengen visas valid for two years after obtaining and lawfully using two visas in the previous three years. During the visa’s validity, Indians can enter and exit Schengen countries multiple times without needing separate visas.

Countries Covered by the Schengen Visa

The Schengen visa permits travel to 29 European countries, including Iceland, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Malta, Hungary, the Netherlands, Romania, Austria, Portugal, Poland, Slovakia, Finland, Slovenia, Sweden, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.

Recreate a holiday mood with this destination-inspired playlist

Follow @travelandfoodnetwork on Spotify for more

For latest travel news and updates, food and drink journeys, restaurant features, and more, like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram. Read more on Travel and Food Network

Trending on TFN

A Spanish Odyssey: Trafalgar’s Unparalleled Best of Spain Itinerary

Imperial Splendors: Trafalgar’s 10-Day Sojourn in Prague, Vienna, and Budapest

You May Also Like