All foreign citizens traveling to one of the 26 Schengen passport-free zone countries are required to obtain a Schengen visa unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries.

Visa-exempt nationals are able to visit the Schengen Area for up to 90 days until late 2022, without having to obtain travel authorization.

However, this will change by the end of 2022 when the ETIAS for Europe visa waiver implementation is complete. The ETIAS electronic travel authorization will be mandatory for all visa waiver nationalities to travel to all of the 26 Schengen Area countries.

The ETIAS will be available exclusively online through a simple application form, which will only take a few minutes to complete. You can check if your nationality is ETIAS eligible on this list.

Those not eligible for ETIAS are required to apply for a Schengen visa at the embassy or consulate of the main Schengen country they will be visiting.

To coincide with the upcoming introduction of ETIAS, the European Parliament has adopted a proposal on the amendment of the EU Visa Code, which includes accelerating visa procedures and increasing Schengen visa fees. Read on to discover the new cost of a Schengen visa application.

How Much Does a Schengen Visa Cost?

The Council of the European Union approved the proposed amendments to the Schengen visa code in 2019, which include a price amendment in the application fee for a Schengen visa, effective in 2020.

The new 2020 Schengen visa fees have increased for all travelers, including underage children.

The Council has stated that revenue from the Schengen visa price increase is to be used to help member states cover the costs of visa processing, as well as to increase the tools available to respond to issues caused by illegal migration.

The EU has also introduced a mechanism that will regularly assess whether Schengen visa application fees should change or remain the same.

The new amendments also include changes to the permitted period travelers are able to submit a Schengen visa before their intended entry date to the area.

Previously, applicants were able to submit an application a maximum of 3 months before their trip: this has been extended to 6 months, and no later than 15 days, before the intended date of entry to the Schengen zone.

The approved Schengen visa fee changes have come into effect on February 2, 2020. All Schengen countries are gradually adopting these measures within the following 6 months.

Difference Between ETIAS and Schengen Visa Payment Methods

There are a few differences between a Schengen visa and the ETIAS that you can review in our dedicated section.

However, there are other differences, specifically regarding the ETIAS payment and the Schengen visa payment options, including the following:

  • A Schengen visa —whether single, double, or multiple-entry— is only available through application via a European embassy or consulate

Applicants are required to pay the Schengen visa fees in person, whilst submitting their application at the chosen diplomatic office

Certain consulates may accept card payments while others require the Schengen visa fees to be paid exclusively in cash

  • The ETIAS is available exclusively online with a fixed application fee

The ETIAS is a multiple-entry electronic travel authorization that remains valid for 3 years

Applicants can pay the ETIAS for Europe fees using a credit or debit card