February 2, come into force new rules for issuing visas to EU countries. To apply for a visa will become easier, but the visa fee has increased from 60 to 80 euros. The press service of the European Commission stated that the new rules contribute to the development of tourism. They will also help solve the immigration crisis, as it is designed to increase cooperation with third countries on readmission.
to Apply for a visa is now possible in six months, but not later than 15 days, reports TASS. The application can be signed electronically. For regular travelers, provided they have a positive visa history, the period of validity of multiple-entry visas issued will increase gradually from one year to five years.
the Increase in visa fees due to the fact that member States have to better cover the costs of visas. Every three years, the rate of the consular fee shall be reviewed according to the regulations.
New rules apply for visas in 22 countries of the Schengen agreement as well as the four countries associated with the EU – Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.