European Commission considers increase in Schengen visa fees


The European Commission is considering possible changes to visa fees, suggesting a 12% increase in the standard price.

That would mean the fee would go up from 80 to 90 euros for adults and from 40 to 45 euros for children. The proposal has been published on the European Commission's official website, an action that allows EU citizens to make contributions and participate in discussions on the issue until March 1, 2024.

Those countries that have not yet established a simplified visa agreement with the European Union will be affected by the proposed changes. Maximum service fees charged by external service providers will also be affected.

Under current provisions, the European Union may review current visa fees every three years, taking into account factors such as inflation in the EU and average salaries of civil servants.

The European Commission considers the above changes necessary. If the proposal is supported by the public, the change could be implemented and would come into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

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