Considering a trip to Europe soon with all-inclusive Europe Tour Packages? Here’s something unexpected: the Schengen visa fees have been hiked.

Yes, you read that right!

The Commission assessing the visa fees for the European Union has revised the Schengen Visa fees, applicable to travelling to Europe, globally. With effect from June 11 2024, foreign travellers visiting the European Union will have to face an increase in short stay fees for the Schengen Visa. 

According to the European Commission, the Schengen Visa fees has been hiked from EUR 80 to EUR 90 (approx. INR 7,200 to INR 8,200) for adults and EUR 40 to EUR 45 (INR 3,500 to INR 4,000) for children between ages 6-12. The new Schengen Visa fees hike will be utilised to offset the increase in inflation and generate income through visa applications and reinvest into making available more resources, including staff for processing visa applications. This will in turn help make the visa process more seamless and quicker for the visitors. The last Schengen Visa fees hike was made in February 2020. 

With a Schengen Visa, one can visit 26+ countries in Europe. On one hand, the new EU relaxations on a Schengen Visa for Indians will allow Indian travellers to visit Europe frequently with a long-term multi-entry Schengen Visa. However, on the other hand, the European Commission has hiked the Schengen visa fees.

The Schengen Visa Fee Breakup:

The Schengen Visa fees in India are inclusive of the below components:

Visa Fee ComponentPrice
Schengen Visa FeesEUR 90 (for adult)EUR 45 (for ages 6-12)Free for children below age 6
VFS/BLS Service FeeDiffers from country to country
Visa Appointment FeeDiffers from country to country
Additional Value-added Services:
– Courier Service (delivery of passport with visa)
– SMS Service (for visa updates)
– Premium Lounge
– Internet Kiosk
– Photocopy
– Photograph 
Differs from country to country
Travel Agency ChargesAs per agency
Schengen Visa Fee Table

Please Note: 

  • The visa fees may fluctuate depending upon the exchange rate. 
  • All charges are applicable per applicant. 
  • All charges are non-refundable irrespective of visa result

Schengen Visa Application Process:

Schengen Visa application fees
Schengen Visa application fees starting at EUR 90
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Getting a Schengen visa can indeed be a bit daunting due to the rise in application rejections and delays. However, seeking advice from a visa consultant can increase your chances of a successful application. Apply for your visa well in advance of your travel date, ideally at least 3 months prior. This allows time for processing and any potential reapplication if necessary.

Applying for Schengen Visa with is this simple:

  1. Visit and select the type of Schengen Visa
  2. Provide all your travel details to the visa expert, upload the required documents and pay the Schengen Visa fees online. 
  3. The visa expert will fill out your visa application form, schedule an appointment and verify your documents. 
  4. On the appointment day, visit the Visa Application Center (VFS/BLS) to submit your Biometrics (fingerprinting & photograph) and visa file.
  5. Receive your Schengen Visa after 10-15 working days.

Each European country may have specific requirements, so always check the embassy or consulate website of the country you plan to visit for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


  1. How much is the Schengen visa fee?
    The new Schengen Visa fee is EUR 90, i.e. approx INR 8,200. 
  1. How much are VFS fees in India?
    VFS fees in India for Schengen Visa vary from country to country and it can range from INR 1,900 to INR 3,600. 
  1. How much do travel agents charge for Schengen visa?
    The Schengen Visa charges can differ from agent to agent.
  1. What is the minimum amount for Schengen visa? 
    The minimum amount for Schengen Visa for Indians is INR 8,200. 
  1. What are the new rules for Schengen Visa for Indians?
    The new visa ‘cascade’ regime, will allow Indian nationals to apply for a long-term, multi-entry Schengen visa valid for two years after having obtained and lawfully used two visas within the previous three years.
  1. Which Schengen visa is the hardest?
    Malta, Estonia and Belgium are apparently the hardest Schengen visas to obtain. 
  1. Which country gives Schengen visa faster?
    Currently, Iceland, Switzerland, Latvia and Italy give Schengen Visa faster. 
  1. Which Schengen visa is easy for Indians?
    Getting a Finland and Greece Visa are comparatively easy for Indians. 
  1. How much bank balance for a Schengen visa?
    The minimum bank balance required for a Schengen Visa ranges from EUR 60 to EUR 120 per day, differing from country to country. Ideally, the amount in your account should be equivalent to the trip cost. 
  1. What is the minimum coverage for Schengen Visa?
    The minimum coverage for Schengen Visa in India is approximately EUR 30,000. 

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