Changes in the rules for Schengen and Caribbean visa applications

As of February 2, 2020 new rules are in force if you apply for a Schengen or Caribbean visa. This is a consequence of new regulations adopted by the European Union.

The most important changes at a glance:

  • From 2 February 2020 you can already apply for a Schengen visa 6 months in advance (this was 3 months). Seafarers can apply 9 months in advance;
  • From 2 February 2020 you do not need an airport transit visa if you have a valid visa or a valid residence permit for Aruba, Curaçao, Saint Maarten, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius or Saba;
  • Higher rates apply as of 2 February 2020. The visa fee is increased from 60 to 80 euros; for children between 6-12 years old from 35 to 40 euros. The Caribbean visa fee is increased from 35 to 80 euros. A Caribbean visa for a child (under 6) remains free of charge.