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Planning a trip to Europe this June? Be prepared to pay more for Schengen visa

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This news might disappoint those planning a trip to Europe. As per reports, the European Union has decided to increase the fees for Schengen visa applications. The new fee structure will be effective from June 11, 2024.

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The new visa update is definitely going to affect travellers exploring vacation options in Europe as the new fee will see a 12 percent hike for adults seeking short-stay visas. The visa cost will rise from €80 (INR 7244) to €90 (8149) for adults while for kids aged 6 to 12 years, the revised fee is €45 (INR 4075), from the previous fee of €40 (INR 3622).

This decision was announced by the Slovenian government and reported by Schengen News. Additionally, nationals from countries deemed non-cooperative on readmission and staying irregularly will face increased fees of either €135 (INR 12,225) or €180 (INR 16,300).
The Slovenian government said, “The European Commission adopted a decision to increase short stay Schengen visa (visa type C) fees worldwide by 12 percent. The increase will apply worldwide as of June 11, 2024. New Schengen visa fees will be €90 for adults and €45 for children aged 6 to below 12 years of age”.

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The new adjustments are expected to be officially published by the EU Commission in its journal by the end of the week. The Commission has tried to justify the move of fee hike calling it imperative to offset inflation and adjust the rising salaries of member state employees. It’s worth noting that visa fees can be revised every three years, and the last changes were made in February 2020.

This development unfolds against the backdrop of a 36.3 percent surge in visa applications in 2023 compared to the previous year. However, the numbers are yet to reach pre-COVID levels, which saw 16 million applications in 2019.

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Recently, a new visa regime was introduced for Indian travellers, offering multi-year visas for up to 5 years. Under this regime, frequent Indian travellers can obtain long-term multi-entry Schengen visas valid for two years after using two visas within the preceding three years. During the validity period, they can enter and exit Schengen countries multiple times without requiring separate visas.

Planning a trip to Europe this June? Be prepared to pay more for Schengen visa

For those who don’t know, the Schengen visa allows access to 29 European nations. Some of the prominent countries include, Switzerland, Finland, Iceland, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Malta, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Sweden, Romania, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Liechtenstein and Norway, among others.

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