Indian travellers have one of the highest rejection rates in the world for Schengen visa. According to recent Schengen visa statistics, Indians filed over 6 lakh Schengen visa applications in 2022–the third highest in the world, but also faced a steep rejection rate of 18 per cent.
Estonia, Malta and Slovenia rejected the most number of Schengen visa applications from India, while Germany, Italy and Hungary accepted the most. Estonia rejected the highest share of visas from India in 2022 – 56 per cent of 1,986 applications. Malta had a 45 per cent rejection rate, while Slovenia rejected 44.5 per cent of 2,732 visas.
Germany had the lowest rejection rate for Indians. The Bengaluru consulate rejected only eight out of 6,345 Schengen visas, Kolkata rejected one application and Chennai two. Italy and Hungary were second and third, with rejection rates of 11.5 per cent (794 of 6,909 visas rejected) and 12.1 per cent (1,098 of 9,046 visas rejected) respectively.
Schengen visa embassies located worldwide received a total of 7,572,755 short-term visa applications in 2022, which despite of being an increase compared to the two previous years, was still 55 per cent lower than the number of visas processed in 2019 before the pandemic.
Türkiye occupies the first spot with 778,409 applications, with Russia second with 687,239, and India third with 671,928 applications. In 2019 – the basic year for comparison – the top three markets of applicants were Russia, China and India.
The world’s largest free travel zone, the Schengen area comprises 26 countries — 22 EU states plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Almost 1.7 million people live in one Schengen country and work in another. Around 3.5 million people cross an internal border each day.It allows people travelling between its member countries to cross generally without having to show a passport, ID card or visa. Croatia was the latest country to be voted into the Schengen zone, allowing travellers to visit the country on a Schengen visa from January 1, 2023.
A visitor’s visa allows one to stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days over a period of 180 days. The processing time for these visas is between 15 and 30 days. To cut down processing time, one can apply up to six months in advance.