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Handbook on the practical application of the EU Visa Code

29 October 2019 The countries of the Schengen Area share a common visa policy for transit and stays of no more than 90 days in any 180 days period. The EU Visa Code (Regulation (EC) No 810/2009) sets out the procedures and conditions for issuing visas for the purpose of stays not exceeding 90 days. The European Commission has published a handbook to lay down the practical application of this EU Visa Code. In this handbook one can find guidelines, best practices and recommendations for the performance of tasks of Member States' consular staff and staff of other authorities responsible for examining and taking decisions on visa applications, as well as tasks of staff of the authorities responsible for modifying issued visas.


Corona and Travel to the Netherlands

18 March 2020 The European Union decided that all non-essential travel from third countries to the Schengenarea is restricted for at least 30 days. Please...

Schengen Visa: New Rules for Multiple Entry Visa and increase in Filing Fees

23 February 2020 The Schengen Visa Code has been amended and these new rules on short-stay visas apply from 2 February 2020. Background for these changes are the...