The German Embassy has announced the reduction of fees for both long-term national visas as well as short-term tourist visas, effective immediately.
The National fees have been reduced to INR 6,000 for adults and INR 3,000 for minors (up to 17 years). On the other hand, Schengen visa fees have been reduced to INR 6,400 for adults and INR 3,200 for minors.
“Important message from our visa section: the Visa Fees for Schengen and National Visa have changed. For further queries check our website and contact firstname.lastname@example.org,” the German Consulate in Mumbai said in a tweet.
What is National Visa?
The national visa allows a holder to enter Germany for a specific purpose, in most cases to work or study and is issued for more than 90 days.
In another recent change, Germany made it mandatory for Indian students to get their academic records assessed by the Academic Evaluation Centre (APS) and obtain authenticity certificates before applying for student visas.
What is the Schengen Visa?
The Schengen Visa is a short-stay visa for Europe that permits the holder to travel anywhere within the Schengen Area. You can travel to any Schengen nation for up to 90 days total within 180 days.
What are the 26 Schengen Area countries?
The Schengen area includes Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.