As of February 2020, when applying for a Schengen visa from Nigeria, Nigerian residents will have to pay a fee of € 80 instead of € 60.
Kids will also have to pay € 40 instead of € 35, as is currently the case.
As of Monday, February 2, 2020, Nigerians will be subject to several changes in visa application processes, laws, and benefits.
Because of the adoption of the revised Schengen Visa Code, which was adopted by the EU Council in June 2019, all Schengen State member missions abroad are obliged to apply the new regulations, including those in Nigeria.
As Regulation (EU) 2019/1155 of the European Parliament and of the Council of June 20, 2019, amending Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 creating a Community Visa Code (Visa Code) is binding in its entirety and is directly applicable in all EU Member States pursuant to the Treaties, it will be enforced by all Schengen states, including Lithuania, on February 2, 2020,’ an official from the European Parliament and the Council said.
The new rules also require Nigerians to apply to exist travelers with a good visa background up to six months in advance of their visit, rather than three as it is now and foresee a harmonized approach to granting multiple-entry visas with longer validity.
According to SchengenVisaInfo.com, member states not covered in Nigeria in terms of visa acceptance are now obligated to work with external service providers to promote travelers ‘ visa application.
External service providers are allowed to charge a service fee that can not surpass the visa fee. This means that Nigerians applying for a foreign visa service provider may have to pay up to € 160 per visa application if they set the maximum permissible service fee of € 80.
The revised Visa Code also includes a process for deciding whether the visa fees will adjust every three years. Another system will be implemented that will use the processing of visas as a tool to improve readmission cooperation with third countries.
According to Gent Ukëhajdaraj of SchengenVisaInfo.com, the payments that increase to € 160 due to this process, if approved by the EU authorities.
“A visa fee of EUR 120 or EUR 160 would apply to non-cooperative third countries where the EU Commission considers that action is needed to improve the level of cooperation of the third country concerned and the overall relations of the Union with that third country,” explains Ukëhajdaraj, adding that this provision does not extend to children under the age of 12.
Additionally, the system will shorten the validity of visas and add longer visa processing times.
Statistics from SchengenVisaInfo.com indicate that 88,587 visa applications are processed by Schengen embassies and consulates in Nigeria in 2018, of which 44,076 are refused, representing the highest rejection rate for 49.8% of all visa-needed third countries.
With 33,308 of the applications submitted in Nigeria for Schengen visas to France, followed by Italy with 13,295 applications and Germany with 10,847 applications, France was the most favorite country for visa applications.
In 2018, Nigerians spent € 5,315,220 on visa applications to Europe in terms of spending, of which € 2,644,560 were spent by applicants who had their visas refused.