New rules on short stay Schengen visas

Feb 05, 2020

Starting from 2 February 2020, 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) (https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2019.188.01.0025.01.ENG)

 

 

Giuditta Petreni

Giuditta Petreni has over 10 years of experience in assisting companies and business investors with relocation of managers and staff to Italy. Giuditta has extensive experience advising corporate and private clients on a full range of Italian immigration categories. She is fluent in Italian and English.

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