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14 May 2018

Top 5 Schengen countries with the highest and the lowest rate of visa rejections in 2017


The consulates and embassies of Schengen countries around the world have received more short-term visa applications in 2017 compared to the two previous years. However, the number of applications received has not surpassed that of 2014, when 16,725,908 visa applications were received, which is around 500 thousand more than in 2017.

On the other hand, the rate of visa refusals has hit four-years high in 2017. The percentage of visa refusals is even higher than in 2014, though the number of applications received is lower compared to that year.

Top 5 countries with the highest rate of visa rejections

For the third consecutive year Malta remains the country with the highest rate of visa refusals with 25.23% of visa applications rejected in 2017, or 9,557 out of 37,881. Whereas, in 2016 Malta rejected 21.13% of the applications and 25.2% in 2015.

Second in the list is Belgium which rejected 16.01% of the Schengen visa applications it received in 2017, 15.32% in 2016, 14.0% in 2015, and 16.9% in 2014. In 2014 Belgium was listed above Malta, as the country with the highest rate of visa refusals.

In 2017, third in the list with the highest percentage of visa rejections was positioned Portugal with 14.93% of visa applications rejected. Whereas fourth and fifth were France with 13.64%, and the Netherlands with 10.10%.

Top 5 countries with the highest rate of visa rejections

Top 5 countries with the lowest rate of visa rejections

Iceland remains the country with the lowest rate of visa refusals in 2017 with only 0.96% of applications rejected, or 73 out of 7,610. Iceland has been keeping this position since 2015, when Lithuania and Latvia which were listed as the first in this regard in 2014, increased the rate of visa refusals by their embassies in the following year.

The Nordic island nation, has never rejected more than 1% of the visa applications received, in the last four years. In exact numbers, it rejected 73 visa application in 2017, 12 in 2016 and 2015 each, and 37 in 2014 .

Finland is listed as the second country with least visa refusals in 2017 with only 1.13%, or 9,337 out of 827,520. Lithuania is the third with a rate of 1.19% visa application rejections, Estonia the fourth with 1.21% and Latvia the fifth with 1.55%.

Top 5 countries with the lowest rate of visa rejections

France’s rate of visa refusals twice higher than Germany’s

While Germany refused 156,393 visa applications out of a total of 2,049,055 it received, France refused 502,526 applications out of 3,684,404, meaning it refused 13.64% of the visa applications it received.

The number is higher than in 2016 when France refused 11.13% of uniform visa applications and in 2015, when it refused 9.9% of the applications.

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