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Changes in the procedure of Schengen visas processing and issuance

The revised Visa Code enters into force on February 2, 2020. The most important changes in the procedure for submission of Schengen visa applications are summed up below.

The updated Schengen visa application form can be downloaded here.

The visa fee has been increased to 80 EUR (40 EUR for children aged 6-12); for citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the visa fee remains at 35 EUR.

An application should be submitted not earlier than 6 months and not later than 15 days before the trip; should the applicant wish to submit it later, the Embassy/Consulate can refuse it.

In countries where Embassies/Consulates use the services of visa centers, Schengen visa applications can only be submitted through those centers – in the case of the Czech Embassy in Azerbaijan, at the VFS Global Center in Baku. Only family members of EU citizens, holders of diplomatic/service passports traveling with an official purpose and persons traveling on the ground of necessary humanitarian purposes can, by prior arrangement, apply directly at the Embassy/Consulate.

The duration of the review period remains at 10 days; newly, it can only be extended once, to a total of 45 days.

Provided there is no reasonable doubt that the entry conditions will be met,

  • an applicant who has, within the previous 2 years, obtained and lawfully used 3 single entry Schengen visas, shall newly be granted a multiple-entry visa for 1 year;
  • an applicant who has, within the previous 2 years, obtained and lawfully used a multiple-entry visa for 1 year, shall newly be granted a multiple-entry visa for 2 years;
  • an applicant who has, within the previous 3 years, obtained and lawfully used a multiple-entry visa for 2 years, shall newly be granted a multiple-entry visa for 5 years.

The text of the revised Visa Code, effective from 2 February 2020, is attached.

Schengen Visa Code as of 2 February 2020 (PDF, 475 KB)

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