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Visa code revision

The revised Visa Code enters into force on February 2, 2020. Some revisions, which concern procedure for submission of Schengen visa applications, are summarized below. They will also be updated in individual articles.

  • minor changes are made to the Schengen visa application form – the updated version can be downloaded here

  • visa fee has been increased to 80 euros, however, fee for children aged 6 – 12 will be only 40 euros

  • application can be submitted at least 6 months before the planning departure

  • application should be filed no later than 15 days before the trip; should the applicant wish to submit it later, the consulate can refuse it

  • Schengen visa applications can be submitted only through visa centers VFS

  • review period remains 15 days, however, it can newly be extended only once to 45 days (as opposed to 30 or 60 days)