EU Introduces Two-Year Multi-Entry Schengen Visas for Indians

  • 23 Apr 2024

On 18th April 2024, EU announced that Indian nationals can now obtain long-term multi-entry Schengen visas valid for two years, easing access for frequent travellers with established travel history.

Key Points

  • New Visa 'Cascade' Regime: EU announces the 'cascade' regime, allowing Indian nationals easier access to two-year multi-entry Schengen visas based on their travel history.
  • Strengthened EU-India Relations: Decision aligns with the EU-India Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility, emphasizing facilitation of people-to-people contacts and comprehensive cooperation on migration policy.
  • Specific Rules Adoption: European Commission adopts specific rules on issuing multiple entry visas to Indian nationals, marking a significant policy development.
  • Schengen Visa Benefits: Schengen visas allow short stays of up to 90 days within a 180-day period in the 29 European countries, promoting tourism and people-to-people exchanges.
  • Visa Limitations: While facilitating travel, Schengen visas do not grant the right to work in the countries within the Schengen area, maintaining the distinction between travel and employment visas.
  • Schengen Area Countries: The Schengen area comprises 29 European countries, including 25 EU states and four associated countries, offering seamless travel across borders.
  • Importance of India-EU Partnership: The decision reflects the significance of India as a strategic partner for the EU, emphasizing the importance of facilitating travel and enhancing bilateral relations.