New rules on short stay Schengen visas

Starting from 2 February, visa applications for short stay Schengen visas (tourism, business, etc.):

  • can be filed up to 6 months before the intended travel (instead of 3 months as it used to be)
  • it will be easier for frequent travellers with a positive visa history to obtain multiple-entry visas with long validity (from 1 to 5 years)
  • applications can now be filled in and signed electronically
  • The visa fee is increased from €60 to €80.

The new rules will facilitate tourism and business as well as provide more resources for consulates to provide better service and reinforce the possibility to detect possible risks connected to security and irregular migration.

For more information

Regulation (EU) 2019/1155 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 amending Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code) (

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