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Germany Visa Fees Increase to €80 as of February 2020

Germany Visa Fees Increase to €80 as of February 2020

A short-term visa to Germany will cost to travelers €80 as of February 2, 2020, instead of €60 as it currently is.

The German authorities, alongside with the authorities of the rest of the 26 Schengen member countries, will start applying the new Schengen code in a month and a half away from now, which code includes an increase in Schengen visa fees.

A German Federal Foreign Office spokesperson confirmed for Germany-Visa.org, that all German embassies and consulates abroad will start implementing the new code on the first Monday of February 2020.

Our missions will apply the reformed Schengen Visa Code from 02 February 2020,” the spokesperson from the Foreign Office confirmed.

Aside from the increase in visa fees by 33.3%, including for children from the age of 6 to 12, the new code consists of the following:

  • Applicants will be able to file an application 6 months before their planned trip to Germany, as currently the earliest an application can be submitted is three months in advance. The latest that an application can be submitted, however, remains two weeks prior to the trip.
  • In countries where it is not present, Germany is obliged to outsource visa admission to another Schengen member country present there, or to an external service provider so that applicants do not need to travel to another country where Germany is present, just to file a visa application.
  • The code introduces a harmonized approach to the issuance of multiple entry visas to regular travelers with a positive visa history for a period, which increases gradually from 1 to 5 years.
  • The code introduces a mechanism that asserts whether the visa fees should change or remain the same, for every three years.
  • It introduces a second mechanism that will use visa processing as leverage, in a bid to improve cooperation with third countries on readmission.
  • Cooperating countries in readmission may benefit from reduced visa fees, or an increase in the period of validity of multiple entry visas.

Regulation (EU) 2019/1155 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 amending Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code) has been adopted in a bid to provide faster and clearer procedures for frequent travelers to the Schengen territory.

The reformed code applies to all Schengen Member Countries, and it binds them all in applying it on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union, which is February 2, 2020.