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Morocco Among the Top 5 Countries where Most Schengen Visas Applied for

Published on : June 13, 2022


As per official statistics, Morocco is among the Top 5 countries where the highest number of visit visa applications for Schengen countries were lodged in 2021.

Newly-published Schengen Visa statistics reveal that 157,100 Schengen Visa applications were submitted by Moroccan nationals and residents in 2021. These were filed at the Visa Application Centres (VACs), consulates, and European embassies.

For 2021, Morocco is the fifth-largest source of Schengen Visa applications. So, what was the main destination of the people submitting their Schengen visa applications in Morocco in 2021? Let’s find out.

Schengen Visa Applications Lodged in Morocco in 2021

Country

Total Visa Applications

Spain

84,499

France

58,310

Netherlands

4,811

Italy

4,266

Belgium

1,991

Germany

794

Switzerland

667

Sweden

612

Portugal

441

Finland

267

Hungary

132

Austria

127

Poland

83

Greece

60

Czech Republic

40


 Source: Schengenvisainfo.com

Most of the Schengen Visa applications submitted in Morocco had Spain as the primary destination. On the other hand, France, Germany, and Switzerland were the Top 3 Schengen destinations for Indians in 2021.

 

Schengen Visa Applications Lodged in India in 2021

Country

Total Visa Applications

France

38,707

Germany

20,631

Switzerland

19,645

Spain

12,705

Netherlands

10,379

Italy

7,392

Belgium

6,388

Greece

2,615

Denmark

2,586

Hungary

2,525

Sweden

1,974

Austria

1,416

Iceland

929

Norway

911

Poland

758

Portugal

598

Finland

376

Czech Republic

273

Luxembourg

270

Estonia

181

Lithuania

174

Slovakia

108

Slovenia

89

Malta

72

Latvia

52

 

Source: Schengenvisainfo.com

Considered to be the most commonly applied for visa for Europe, a Schengen visa is a short stay visa allowing an individual to travel to any country in the Schengen Area. You can stay up to 90 days in the Schengen Area for the purposes of tourism or business.

With a Schengen Visa, you can - (1) enter, (2) freely travel within, and (3) leave the Schengen Area from any of the 26 Schengen member countries. You can also travel to certain other countries not in the Schengen Zone by showing a valid multiple-entry Schengen Visa.

What were the top destinations for Schengen Visa applicants in 2021?

France was the top destination for a majority of Schengen Visa applicants, followed by Spain and Germany in the second and third places respectively.


Top 10 Destinations for Schengen Visa Applicants in 2021

Country

Number of Visa Applications Received

France

652,331

Spain

483,469

Germany

346,284

Greece

295,634

Italy

212,806

Czech Republic

207,470

Netherlands

139,434

Switzerland

114,044

Hungary

70,269

Finland

61,018


Source: Schengenvisainfo.com

Which are the non-Schengen/EU countries that I can go to with my Schengen visa?

There are certain non-Schengen/EU countries that allow foreign citizens of other non-Schengen countries to enter and stay in their territory by sharing a Schengen Visa. These are -

Non-Schengen/EU countries that can be visited on a Schengen visa

Turkey

Georgia

Albania

Belarus

Antigua and Barbuda

Bulgaria

Columbia

Croatia

Gibraltar

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Kosovo

Mexico

Montenegro

Romania

Northern Cyprus

North Macedonia

Serbia

Sao Tome and Principe

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As more countries relax or entirely do away with their border controls, international travel is indeed looking up. However, Schengen Visa waiting time has been extended as travel demand increases.

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