Schengen Countries approves commencement of New Visa Codes from February 2020
Application seekers for Schengen Visa from February 2020 will have to apply for new visa codes updated by the EU council in June 2019. They are also required to be prepared for the increase in the visa fees by 33.3%
The updated Visa Code was selected by the EU Council also implies to all European Union Member States and associate countries that participate in the Schengen Agreement.
With the launch of new codes for the visa, the process should be started 6 months before the travel date and by this new effort, there is an increase in the issue of multiple entry visa for regular travelers from 1 to 5 years with a clear visa history.
In an exchange of emails, it was confirmed that the implementation of the new Schengen Visa would be started at the same time by all the Schengen member countries.
Beginning of the Community Code on Visas (Visa Code) with the (EU) 2019/1155 of the European Parliament and council of June 20, 2019 alter Regulation (EC) No 810/2009, and directly applied to all EU Members State.
German Federal Foreign Office and the visa Unit of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the Press Office Foreign Affairs of Belgium, and the Foreign Ministry of Denmark will join the mission of the Schengen Visa Code from February 02, 2020.
The Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia reported that about the new codes it will be published in the official journal of EU and after 20 days the latest rule will be active i.e. from February 02, 2020.
Thus the applicants need to pay €80 instead of €60 previously per application from February 02, 2020 for Schengen visa.
Meanwhile, the applicants should file their visa application 6 months ahead to their travel trip which is not similar to the previous rule to apply just 3 months in advance. The latest that an application can be submitted, however, is two weeks.
With the new visa code, the Schengen member countries can transfer the visa applications to another Schengen member country or to the visa processing service center who do not have representatives as this will avoid the applicant to travel to other countries just for filling an application.
This new code will also examine whether to change or continue with the same visa fees for every 3 years. To boost collaboration with third world countries, taking advantage of this visa process a new structure would be bought in.