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A proposal by the EU Commission to amend the Schengen Visa policy has now been formally adopted by the European Parliament.

Increasing Schengen visa cost is also a part of the changes given in the proposal.

If the Council approves the amendment within the next two months, all visa applicants will be required to pay a fee of €80 instead of €60 by the end of 2019.

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It is believed that the move will encourage tourism and help the region respond to security challenges in a better way.

The decision has been welcomed by EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Migration and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos.

The new rules will facilitate tourism, trade and business while enhancing our security standards to detect those who pose a threat or have no right to enter the EU. They will also help improve cooperation with non-EU countries on the return and readmission of irregular migrants- Avramopoulos said.

The press release from the European Commission reads:

Whilst EU Member States are among the world’s leading tourist destinations, lengthy and cumbersome procedures can deter tourists from travelling to Europe, redirecting investment and spending to other countries and affecting the EU’s economy negatively.

At the same time, the benefits of visa travel need to be balanced with measures to adequately respond to present and future security and migration challenges.

Schengen Area includes the following 26 European countries:

  1. Austria
  2. Belgium
  3. Czech Republic
  4. Denmark
  5. Estonia
  6. Finland
  7. France
  8. Germany
  9. Greece
  10. Hungary
  11. Iceland
  12. Italy
  13. Latvia
  14. Liechtenstein
  15. Lithuania
  16. Luxembourg
  17. Malta
  18. Netherlands
  19. Norway
  20. Poland
  21. Portugal
  22. Slovakia
  23. Slovenia
  24. Spain
  25. Sweden
  26. Switzerland

The above-mentioned countries eliminated their internal borders to allow free and harmonious movement of people.

They share common regulations for controlling external borders, which helps them battle crime by strengthening the common judicial system and police cooperation.

It also asserts that the benefits of visa travel need to be balanced to adequately respond to security challenges.

Are any Schengen area countries part of your next travel plan? We hope this information will help you prepare for your next excursion better!

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