On 2 February 2020, the amended Schengen Visa Code entered into force. These are the most important changes:
- The application can be filed from 6 months before the intended visit. Previously this was 3 months.
- Visa fees are increased to:
- € 80 for the applicant
- € 40 for children between the age of 6 and 12
- Children younger than 6 are exempted from paying fees.
VFS Global charges a € 28 service fee.
Frequent travellers with a positive visa history are to be granted a multiple-entry visa with a gradually increasing validity period from 1 year to a maximum of 5 years.
The EC has published an extensive Q&A on the amended Visa Code, which you can find here.
If you have any questions regarding the amended Schengen Visa Code, please do not hesitate to contact Thomas van Houwelingen.