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Schengen Visa Fees Will Increase From June 2024

Following a review by the European Union (EU), travellers can expect to see a hike in the Schengen Visa fees starting from June

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24 May 2024

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Schengen Visa Fees Will Increase From June 2024

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Travellers can expect to fork up an extra 12.5% in visa fees to visit European countries, starting June 2024.

It has been announced that the Schengen Visa, a unified travel document that allows the visa-holder to travel to 29 countries in Europe, will see hikes in costs.

If you're one of the many who requires a visa to travel to Europe, here's what you need to know about the increase in Schengen Visa fees.

What are the new costs for a Schengen Visa?

The European Commission will increase the Schengen Visa fee from 80 Euros (AED 319) to 90 Euros (AED 358) for adults, and from 40 Euros (AED 15) to 45 Euros (AED 179) for children, announced the official VFS Global website.

The new visa fee will be implemented on Tuesday June 11, 2024.

"All visa applications lodged worldwide on or after this date will be subject to the new visa fee," read the statement.

How much is a Schengen Visa in 2024?

Pictured: Berlin, Germany

Why are the Schengen Visas being increased in 2024?

As per officials, the rise in EU visa fees is due to inflation and civil servants' salaries.

"[...] the Commission has analysed developments in the general Union-wide inflation rate and the weighted average of the salaries of Member States’ civil servants between 1 July 2020 and 1 July 2023. It has concluded that there is a need to increase the amount of the visa fees by 12.5 per cent," stated the official gazette of record for the EU.

Europe's visa fees is reviewed once every three years as per the Schengen Visa Code, with the latest update in February 2020 when officials hiked up the fees from 60 Euros (AED 239) to 80 Euros (AED 319).

Which countries can you travel to with a Schengen Visa?

Holders of a valid Schengen Visa can travel to 29 countries that covers nearly all of mainland Europe. These are:

  1. Austria
  2. Belgium
  3. Bulgaria
  4. Croatia
  5. Czechia
  6. Denmark
  7. Estonia
  8. Finland
  9. France
  10. Germany
  11. Greece
  12. Hungary
  13. Iceland
  14. Italy
  15. Latvia
  16. Liechtenstein
  17. Lithuania
  18. Luxembourg
  19. Malta
  20. Netherlands
  21. Norway
  22. Poland
  23. Portugal
  24. Romania
  25. Slovakia
  26. Slovenia
  27. Spain
  28. Sweden
  29. Switzerland