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The Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos announced a series of amendments to the Visa Code – the first steps towards reforming the common EU visa policy.
The proposed overhaul would shorten the decision-making time for visa applications from 15 to 10 days and allow travellers to submit their applications up to 6 months in advance instead of the current 3 months, and allow passport holders to fill in and sign their applications electronically.
A new type of short-term, single-entry visas with a seven-day validity in the issuing Member State will be available at external borders to help countries increase the size of their short-term tourist numbers.
The Commission proposes a “moderate increase of the visa fee” of €20, from €60 to €80. The 25% increase will allow the EU countries to ensure stronger security screenings, upgrade their IT equipment, and software and maintain the officers in place.