Since 2 February 2020, the new Code on short-term visas for entries into the EU has entered into force, with higher fees, simpler and faster procedures to facilitate cooperation in the fight against irregular migration. We remind you that today, citizens of 105 countries in the world are required to apply for a visa to spend short periods (maximum 90 days for each 180-day period), for example for tourism or business, in the 26 countries of the Schengen area. The Schengen area includes 22 EU countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden) and 4 associated countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland).
- The followings are the main news introduced by the new provision:
Travelers can submit applications from 6 months (previously it was 3) to 15 days before the trip. Whenever possible, applications will be submitted via the Internet and, in most cases, directly in the country of residence, also by contacting external providers where there are no diplomatic representations of the EU country;
- the cost of short-term entry visas has risen to 80 euro (previously it was 60 euro), and the additional resources should improve the efficiency of consulates. Reductions are possible for children under 18, while children under 6, students and researchers will continue to be exempt from payment;
- travellers who have met the deadlines for their entry visas in the past will be able to have multiple-entry visas with gradually increasing validity from one to five years;
- the procedures for the examination of visa applications will be more restrictive or more generous on issues such as maximum examination time, validity of the visa, costs and exemptions from payment, also based on the cooperation of the traveller’s country of origin with the EU with regard to repatriation and readmission of irregular migrants.