Schengen Visa News

Coronavirus: Travel Insurance May Not Offer Coverage for EU Travellers

Thousands of EU citizens have been left stranded abroad due to the recent travel restrictions as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Being stranded in a foreign country during a pandemic naturally brings about worries about health insurance - namely, are EU nationals abroad covered by their travel insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic? The coronavirus disease which originated in China toward the end of December 2019 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March [...]

By |2020-10-15T13:20:15+02:00March 24th, 2020|Coronavirus News and Updates, Schengen Visa News|

EU Commission Explains Increased Fees and Other New Schengen Visa Application Rules

Travelers in need of a Schengen Visa will have to apply for one according to the new rules, introduced by the updated Schengen Visa Code, as of Sunday, February 2, 2020. The new rules on short-stay visas will apply worldwide as of Sunday, to the nationals of 105 non-EU countries or entities that are required to have a visa to travel to Europe for tourism, trade, and business. The rules have been changed in a bid to [...]

By |2020-02-03T14:11:09+02:00February 1st, 2020|Schengen Visa News|

Crimea and Donbass Residents with Russian Passports Can No Longer Apply for Schengen Visas

The European Union has made another move to show that it does not intend to support Crimea’s annexation by Russia, and the Donbass armed conflict. In its most recent move, the EU has decided to no longer grant Schengen visas to residents of the Crimean peninsula and the region of Donbass with passports issued by the Russian Federation after March 2014. The new measure was announced by the Ambassador of the European Union to the Russian Federation, [...]

By |2019-08-16T16:28:53+02:00August 16th, 2019|Schengen Visa News|

Germany Remains Top Favorite for EU Blue Card Applicants

Despite an overall continuously increasing number of EU Blue Card applications since the program was introduced six years ago, Germany is still the top favorite country for highly skilled migrants. A report published recently by Germany's Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) shows that Germany has issued 85% of the total number of Blue Cards granted by the EU countries since 2012, which is 104,000 Blue Cards. “In a comparison of all EU countries, Germany is [...]

By |2020-01-17T17:30:50+02:00June 11th, 2019|Germany Visa/Passport News, Schengen Visa News|

Over Six Million Schengen Visa Applications Lodged in 2018, 25% of Them for France

The consulates of the common travel area of Schengen located abroad have received over 16 million Schengen visa applications for the second year in a row. Despite that there was a decrease of under 1%, compared to 2017, this is the second highest number of applications that the Schengen consulates have received in the recent years. 16,007,785 applications for a Schengen visa were lodged in 2018, 9.6% of which were turned down. This is the highest rate [...]

By |2019-08-03T15:18:27+02:00April 25th, 2019|Schengen Visa News|

Schengen Area May Reintroduce Visas for Albanians Traveling to the Member States

The Netherlands may soon propose to the European Commission to suspend visa-free traveling to the Schengen Area for Albanian nationals. Last week the Dutch Parliament supported a motion initiated by four MPs from different parties, asking the government to suggest the suspension of Schengen visa liberalization for Albania. According to this motion, filed by MP Madeleine van Toorenburg of the Christian Democrats, there is a substantial increase in criminal activities by the Albanian Mafia in the Netherlands. [...]

By |2019-08-03T15:18:27+02:00April 15th, 2019|Albania Visa/Passport News, Schengen Visa News|

EP and Council Agree to Increase Schengen Visa Fees

Third country nationals will soon need to pay a higher fee when applying for a Schengen Visa to the EU countries. The European Parliament and Council have voted pro a new EU Visa Code, which among others increases the fee for a Schengen visa application from €80 to €80. According to a press release of the European Parliament, the Parliament and Council negotiators supported the proposed changes, and now the new code will be passed to the [...]

By |2019-08-26T09:11:02+02:00January 31st, 2019|Schengen Visa News|

MEPs Vote for Romania and Bulgaria to Join Schengen

The European Parliament members have given the green light for the accession of Romania and Bulgaria into the Schengen Zone, in a plenary session on December 11. With a majority of votes, the EP members approved a call for the swift admission of both EU countries into the borderless EU area. According to a press release of the European Parliament, the MEPs called on the EU Council to take a swift and affirmative decision, adopting the non-legislative [...]

By |2019-08-03T15:18:59+02:00December 12th, 2018|Schengen Visa News|

EU proposes visa-free travel for Britons after Brexit

The European Commission has decided that UK nationals should not fall under the Schengen visa regime, after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union at the end of March next year. During today’s meeting in Strasbourg, the senior executives of the European Union have come up with a proposal that EU should permit British passport holders to enter its territory for short-stays without a visa. Still, according to a press release of the European Commission, the UK [...]

By |2019-08-26T08:58:34+02:00November 13th, 2018|Schengen Visa News, UK Visa/Passport News|

European Parliament gives green light to Kosovo visa liberalization

The European Parliament has given the green light to Kosovo visa liberalization, by approving the opening of visa talks. With 420 votes pro, 186 against, and 20 abstentions, now the proposal for the amendment of the regulation to move Kosovo under the Annex of visa free entities, moves to the Council of Ministers for adaption. If the EU Council adapts the change of the regulation by a qualified majority, Kosovo citizens may be able to travel visa-free [...]

By |2019-09-25T10:17:04+02:00September 13th, 2018|Schengen Visa News|