The cost of short-stay visa for Schengen area will be increased from 60 to 80 euros in 2019. It was envisaged in amendments to the EU visa code, approved yesterday by the European Parliament members, Report informs citing the initiator of the reform - the European Commission.
"A small increase will allow the Schengen States parties to maintain sufficient consular staff worldwide for strengthening security controls, as well as to introduce appropriate computer equipment and software, without creating obstacles for visa applicants," the EC representative explained.
According to him, the new rules provide for more flexible conditions for frequent travelers with a "positive visa history", who will be able to obtain a multiple-entry visa with a gradually increasing period of validity from one year to five years.
"The increase will not affect the lower visa fee of 35 euros established by the visa facilitation agreements that were concluded between the EU and a number of third countries, such as Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia," the EC official said.