New EU rules on short-stay visas now applicable
Yesterday, on 2 February 2020, the new EU rules on short-stay visas adopted under Regulation 2019/1155 came into force. The changes to the Community Code on Visas were agreed by the European Parliament and the Council in June 2019 as part of the EU’s ongoing efforts in favour of a comprehensive and effective migration policy. The new rules shape a simpler and more user-friendly visa application procedure, including a new regime for multiple-entry visas with long validity.
The rules cover short-stay visas for the 22 EU countries that are part of the Schengen area, as well as for four associated countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland). The changes apply to travellers from all countries that need visas to travel to the EU. Nevertheless, the new rules will not affect the United Kingdom after the end of the transition period: UK-nationals are granted visa-free travel when travelling to the EU for short stays.
For more information, see the European Commission’s Questions and Answers Guide.