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22 Jun 2018

EU to Increase Schengen Visa Price Due to BREXIT: Expert says

EU to Increase Schengen Visa Price Due to BREXIT: Expert saysOn the 19th of June 2018, the EU ambassadors endorsed a new visa code, which among others proposes the increase of the price of a Schengen visa fee, which until now has been 60 EUR. According to the proposal, the price of the fee will now increase for 20 EUR with the purpose of ensuring member states can better cover the costs of visa processing without any delay.

A mechanism that will assess the need to increase or decrease the amount of the visa fee for every three years has also been introduced through the proposed changes on the visa code.

However, political analyst Vladimir Will believes that the main reason for such an increase is BREXIT. According to Will after the United Kingdom, which is one of the largest taxpayers of the EU leaves the union, the EU will still have to work on the strengthening of border control, while having less funds.

“Of course, the EU has a need for money and the costs increase every year. Do not forget that Britain will soon be out of the EU membership, depriving the European union of one of the largest taxpayers. But the task of strengthening border control remains, which makes the search for new ways of budgeting,” the analyst says adding that the decision is not surprising.

The United Kingdom, which joined the European Union on 1973, will be leaving on March 29, 2019 after its citizens voted pro such decision on June 2016. Starting from 1st January 2021, British citizens will probably be subject to the European Travel Information and Authorization System, just as the third-country citizens that are now permitted to enter the EU visa-free and stay for up to three months within a period of 180 days.

Whereas, while it is still unknown how Britain will treat EU citizens when it comes to traveling, Tory MP Craig Mackinlay has proposed through a report that the United Kingdom should charge EU travelers £10 for one-entry visa after Brexit. The report claims that such an initiative would add £150m a year to the budget of the country.

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