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Modernising the EUs policy on short-stay Schengen visas

18.12.2017  06:53

Have you obtained a short-stay ‘Schengen’ visa over the past 5 years, or would you like to make your voice heard on how these visas are issued? The European Commission (hereinafter the 'Commission') is reviewing the procedures for issuing 'Schengen' visas and would like to hear your views on them. The idea is to modernise the current visa policy and your input via this public consultation will help us to make the right changes.

The situation regarding migration and security in Europe has fundamentally changed during the past few years. The visa process is a key tool to prevent risks of irregular migration and security risks to the European Union (EU). At the same time, visa policy fosters economic growth and cultural exchange by facilitating the process for travellers to the EU who comply with the legal entry criteria, such as business people, tourists, students and young people. We are considering whether the EU's policy on visas still strikes the right balance between these objectives and how it can be changed to address current challenges in terms of migration and mobility, including how visa policy could be used in the EU's relationship with third countries.

That is why the Commission wants to hear from the main ‘users’ of the common visa policy: individuals, interest groups, advocacy groups, think tanks and professional organisations. We want to hear from as broad a range of users as possible, as it is important to get views and input from all stakeholders.

Individuals: Tell us about your experience and views by replying to our questionnaire. You do not need to answer all of the questions. However, for your response to be taken into account, all questions under the 'About you' section need to be answered. If you have any concerns regarding data protection matters, please consult the Privacy Statement.

Organisations: Send written contributions on any issue linked to the implementation of the Visa Code through the online questionnaire. Organisations are also invited to encourage individual members to reply to the questionnaire.

Important note: The EU's common visa policy covers only short stay visas (‘Schengen visas’ for stays of up to 90 days in any 180-day period) and is currently applied by 22 EU Member States (Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden) and four associated states (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland). This consultation only concerns issues related to Schengen short stay visas. It does not apply to issues concerning long stay visas or residence permits.

If you have any questions about this consultation, please feel free to e-mail us at:

Disclaimer: Please note that this consultation is intended to gather information and suggestions, and does not prejudge the final form of any decision the European Commission may take.