Schengen Visa Fees to Increase by 12% in June

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The European Commission has confirmed that the cost of a Schengen visa will be increasing by 12% in June. The basic fee for a Schengen visa will rise from €80 to €90 for adults and from €40 to €45 for children.

The Commission has attributed this price hike to inflation in member states. However, they claim that the fees are still "relatively low" compared to the visa costs in other countries, such as the UK (€134), the US (around €185), and Australia (€117).

Schengen visas are required for non-EU citizens who do not benefit from the EU/Schengen Area's 90-day rule, which includes countries like South Africa, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and China. These visas are needed for tourism or visits to family but cannot be used for work in the 28 European countries.

The Commission reviews the Schengen visa fees every three years and can increase them based on factors like inflation rates and the average salary of a civil servant in member states. The proposed price hike was supported by an "overwhelming majority" of member states in a meeting in December.

Additionally, the Commission has proposed allowing external providers of Schengen visas, such as visa agencies, to increase their fees in line with the revision, raising the maximum amount from €40 to €45.

The fee for a Schengen visa extension will remain fixed at €30. However, the EU is also considering increasing fees even further for countries that show "insufficient cooperation on readmission" of individuals expelled from member states, potentially raising the cost from €120 to €135 and from €160 to €180.

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