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IMPORTANT NOTICE

New EU rules on short-stay visas

New EU rules on short-stay visas apply worldwide from 2 February 2020. They make it easier for legitimate travellers to apply for a visa to come to Europe, facilitating tourism, trade and business.

Visa applications can be submitted up to 6 months before the intended travel (9 months for seafarers), instead of 3 months previously, allowing travellers to better plan their trips. All applications must be submitted at the latest 15 days before the travel.

Visa applications can be submitted in the applicant's country of residence (either at a consulate or at the premises of an external service provider) and, where possible, the application form can be filled in and signed electronically. Under the new rules, applicants have to appear in person only when fingerprints are to be collected (i.e. every 59 months).

The visa fee increases from €60 to €80 and for minors between the age of 6 and 12 years remains half of the general fee, €40.

It is also important to use the new visa application form, which you can find in our web site.