The European Commission has proposed an increase in the standard fee for a Schengen Visa, suggesting a potential rise of 12 percent from €80 to €90 for adults and from €40 to €45 for children.
In addition to adjusting the fees, the EU is considering imposing higher charges for countries that exhibit "insufficient cooperation on readmission," referring to the acceptance of individuals expelled from member states. For such nations, the proposed fee would increase from €120 to €135 for adults and from €160 to €180 for children, according to media reports.
Following support from member state experts during a meeting in December, the European Commission presented the draft of the Schengen Visa fee increase in early February. The proposal is now open for feedback until March 1, 2024, allowing EU citizens to express their opinions and either endorse or oppose the suggested changes.
In order to travel within the Schengen Area, nationals of non-EU nations are required to have a Schengen visa. After the proposal is approved, the updated costs are expected to be implemented within a few months, around 20 days after they are published in the EU Official Journal.
Despite the proposed fee adjustments, reports from the media indicate that the fee for extending a Schengen visa will remain unchanged at €30. This decision provides some stability for individuals needing to prolong their stay within the Schengen area.
The potential increase in Schengen visa fees reflects ongoing discussions within the European Commission regarding visa policies and regulations. The proposed adjustments aim to address various factors, including administrative costs, security considerations, and cooperation between member states and non-EU countries on migration issues.
As with any proposed policy change, there are likely to be differing opinions and perspectives among EU citizens and stakeholders. The feedback period allows for a democratic process where concerns can be raised and alternative viewpoints considered before any final decision is made.
Overall, the proposed changes to Schengen Visa fees highlight the complexity of managing border controls and immigration policies within the European Union, balancing the need for security, efficiency, and fairness for all parties involved.