Schengen Multiple Entry Visa

Schengen Multiple Entry Visa

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The embassies have reopened and are already processing multiple-entry Schengen visas for travellers seeking to enter the Schengen Area for any purpose. Depending on the availability of appointments, Schengen visa processing might take up to twelve weeks.

You should apply as soon as possible for a multiple-entry Schengen Visa in order to get it in time for your trip. If you do not possess valid visa documentation, you will be refused boarding.

Schengen Visa Validity

A multiple-entry visa permits the holder to enter and exit the Schengen Area as many times as they like, as long as the 90/180 guideline is followed.

You can apply for and acquire one of the following multiple-entry visa types based on how frequently you travel to the Schengen zone:

  • 1 year multiple-entry visa
  • 3 year multiple-entry visa
  • 5 year multiple-entry visa

1 year multiple entry Schengen visa

You are eligible for this visa if you have obtained and utilised three visas legally in the past two years. When applying for this visa, you must provide proof of your previous visas as well as journeys to the Schengen Zone.

The 1-year MEV visa allows you to visit the Schengen Zone as many times as you wish, as long as you dont stay for more than 90 days during that time.

Multiple-Entry Duration

3 year multiple entry Schengen visa

Applicants who have obtained and lawfully used a previous multiple-entry visa valid for one year within the previous two years are eligible for the 3-year MEV.

This visa allows the holder to visit the Schengen Area as many times as they want within a three-year period. Even in this instance, the visa holder is only allowed to stay in the EU for 90 days out of a total of 180 days.

5 year multiple entry Schengen visa

People who have obtained and lawfully used a previous multiple-entry visa valid for at least two years within the previous three years are eligible for a 5-year MEV.

This visa allows you to visit 26 European countries as many times as you want within five years, as long as you dont over the 90/180 day limit.

What is a Schengen Visa?

A Schengen Visa is a short-term European visa. This type of Visa enables the holder to travel freely throughout the Schengen Area. The visa, itself is issued by one of the Schengen nations. That is to say, you can visit any of the Schengen countries for up to 90 days during a 180-day period.

The Schengen Visa is the most common visa in Europe. In order words, it entitles the holder to enter, travel freely within, and exit the Schengen area from any Schengen member country. There are no border controls within the Schengen Zone.

Rules For Getting Multiple Year Entry Visa

The Schengen Visa code has been amended, among other things, to clarify new, clearly defined regulations surrounding who is eligible for multiple-entry visas. The code stipulates, among other things, that multiple-entry visas will be valid for one, three, or five years, depending on the visa and travel history of the applicant.

You can be granted:

  • for a one-year validity term, if the applicant has received and legitimately utilised three visas in the preceding two years;
  • for a validity term of two years, if the applicant has received and legitimately used a prior multiple-entry visa valid for one year during the preceding two years;
  • for a validity term of five years, provided the applicant has received and legitimately utilised a prior multiple-entry visa valid for two years during the preceding three years,” states the amended Visa Code.

Schengen Member Countries

A Visa is required for any third national wishing to enter any Schengen country. It could be a short-stay Schengen C-visa for stays of up to 90 days or a national D-visa / residence permit for longer stays in your destination country.

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