New conditions for requesting short-term visasErika
The European Parliament has approved new procedures and conditions for granting short-term visas – that is, up to 90 days in any 180-day period – to citizens of more than 100 countries who wish to visit the European Union.
- Frequent travellers may request multiple entry visas.
- Application forms can be completed and signed electronically.
- Visa applications must be submitted between six months and fifteen days before the trip, instead of the current three months.
- The general fee for a visa will change from 60 to 80 euros, although researchers, students, and children under six years of age will continue to be exempt from paying the fee.
- The requirement of travel medical insurance will be assessed by the European Commission, taking into account the actual medical expenses necessary for travellers with a visa.
- Member States will work with external operators to manage visa applications in countries where they are not present or represented.
- Cooperation with third countries on readmission will be reinforced through a new mechanism that uses visa processing as leverage. This new measure, approved by the European Parliament, aims to facilitate tourism and business trips and strengthen the direct link between visa and migration policies.
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