APPLICATIONS FOR MULTIPLE SCHENGEN COUNTRIES
Each Schengen member state has representatives present in each nation to certify visa entry. This will allow candidates to make a request for numerous Schengen countries in a single application.
ADVANTAGES FOR FREQUENT TRAVELLERS
Those who have previously visited the EU and Schengen countries, have a clean visa history, and can demonstrate financial soundness in their home country can apply for a multiple-entry visa valid for up to 5 years.
WHY IS THE EU MAKING CHANGES TO THE SCHENGEN VISA?
The European Commission proposed revising the present Schengen visa requirements and procedures in May 2018. The major goal was to enhance the single visa policy while also dealing with migration and security problems. The plan also advocated for more collaboration among Schengen member countries.
The European Parliament formally supported the idea in April 2019, and the Council of the European Union ratified it in June, completing the formalisation process.
WHO NEEDS TO OBTAIN A SCHENGEN VISA?
To enter any of the following countries, visitors from 104 countries must obtain a Schengen visa: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
The list of qualifying nations has not been updated to reflect the most recent revisions.
The ETIAS visa waiver will allow visitors from more than 50 visa-free countries to visit all Schengen countries multiple times over a three-year period. The list of eligible nationalities includes only those who are currently eligible for visa-free entry, though more may be added in the future.
The charge for the ETIAS visa waiver will be less than that of the Schengen visa, and the online application will be even faster.