You will now need to shell out more for a Switzerland Schengen Visa as the country will raise the costs for adults and children aged 6 to 12 years.
Switzerland is part of the Schengen Zone even though it is not a member state of the European Union. Hence, Switzerland will need to adopt the new procedures of the Schengen Zone which are trying to bring in failed asylum seekers.
Starting 2nd February 2020, Switzerland will increase the cost of a Schengen Visa for adults from €60 to €80. The fee for children aged 6 to 12 years will see a sharper rise from €5 to €40.
However, the plus side of the increased cost is that it will now be faster and more efficient to get a Switzerland Schengen Visa. You will also be able to submit your visa application 6 months prior to your trip instead of 3 months as is right now. You will also be able to submit your visa application online.
Switzerland will also issue multiple-entry visas with a validity of 5 years from February 2020. Currently, multiple-entry visas have a validity of just 1 year. The increased validity will be a big benefit for regular travellers.
The European Commission will monitor the countries which lie outside the Schengen Zone. These countries will be monitored to see how readily they accept the re-admission of people who had been rejected as asylum seekers. Countries who do not meet the expectations will need to pay higher visa fees, as per Swiss Info. These countries also face a longer processing time for Schengen Visas in the future.
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