Indian Citizens Granted Long Validity Multiple Entry Schengen Visa

New Delhi:

In a significant development aimed at fostering stronger ties between India and the European Union (EU), Indian citizens can now apply for long validity multiple-entry Schengen visas.

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The EU announced this transformative decision on Monday,

reflecting its commitment to facilitating travel and enhancing diplomatic relations with India.

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Understanding the Visa Changes:

The European Commission, in its latest move, introduced specific rules on issuing multiple-entry visas to Indian nationals,

offering more favorable terms compared to the existing Visa Code.

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Referred to as a ‘cascade’ arrangement, this new visa scheme allows Indian residents to apply for Schengen visas with extended validity,

contingent upon a positive travel history.

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According to the EU statement, eligible Indian citizens with a track record of two previous visas within three years can benefit from long-term,

multiple-entry Schengen visas, spanning several years.


Visa Duration:

Typically, if sufficient validity remains in the passport after a two-year visa, applicants may receive a five-year visa.

During the validity period, visa holders enjoy privileges akin to those of visa-exempt citizens,


facilitating seamless travel within the Schengen area for short stays of up to 90 days within a 180-day period.

However, it’s important to note that Schengen visas do not confer work rights and are intended solely for travel purposes.

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Accessible European Countries:

The Schengen area encompasses 29 European countries, including 25 EU member states such as Belgium, France, Italy, and Spain, along with non-EU nations like Switzerland and Norway.

This extended visa validity extends to countries like Poland, Portugal, and Sweden, among others, offering Indian travelers unprecedented ease of access to diverse European destinations.

What is a Schengen Visa?

The Schengen visa facilitates travel for non-European nationals across the Schengen area, enabling tourists to explore multiple countries with a single visa.

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Primarily designed for temporary visits, this visa streamlines the process for individuals keen on experiencing Europe’s cultural richness and scenic beauty.


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