Global 360

COVID-19 Test Results and Later on Vaccination Will Be Required for Schengen Visa Application

1 Mins read

A recent warning of the French President Emanuel Macron that the external borders of the Schengen Area and the Associated Member states may remain closed until September has extinguished the hopes of those intending to apply for a Schengen visa throughout this period.

If the European Commission, which has already called for the prolongation of the border closure until mid-May, decides to extend external borders until September, this means non-EEA nationals and residence permit holders will not be able to travel to these countries

It is a sure thing that once the risks from the pandemic are reduced, and the Schengen Area starts going back to normality, the member states will start asking for additional documents regarding applicant’s health conditions.

In an exchange of emails with SchengenVisaInfo.com, an EU official has confirmed that those wishing to travel to the Schengen Area after the Member States start to gradually go back to normal,

When the Schengen Borders open up in September, if they do, Schengen Visa applicants will need to submit a Coronavirus test that has resulted negative, taken within the last two weeks prior to the visa application. The traveller may be required to take a new test before travelling to the Schengen area, as to make sure that he/she has not been infected in the meantime,” the source said.

The official also noted that once the COVID-19 vaccine is confirmed and available for all, visa applicants may also be required to be vaccinated in the future, in particular, if the virus remains active.

While the requirement may seem that Schengen countries are going to extra lengths pushed by the Coronavirus pandemic, the official states that in the past there have been similar requirements imposed by some of the Schengen Member states, towards countries worst hit with the Swine Flu and the Ebola virus.

See also  After successful ‘Year of Return’ campaign, Ghana to roll out $3bn bond to people in the Diaspora

While the number of Coronavirus cases in the world is nearing two million, the worst-hit country in the world remains the United States with 588,465 cases detected, followed by four Schengen members, Spain, Italy, France, and Germany. The Schengen country with the highest number of deaths remains Italy, while the highest number of deaths per one million people has been San Marino, a country of 33,785 citizens where 371 have died.

Related posts
Global 360

Alibaba's AliExpress pushes '10 billion yuan of subsidies' campaign to entice more Chinese brands and merchants to sell in overseas markets

2 Mins read
Alibaba’s AliExpress pushes ’10 billion yuan of subsidies’ campaign to entice more Chinese brands and merchants to sell in overseas markets Alibaba…
Global 360

Collaborative Robotics is prioritizing ‘human problem solving’ over humanoid forms

1 Mins read
Collaborative Robotics is prioritizing ‘human problem solving’ over humanoid forms Humanoids have sucked a lot of the air out of the room….
Global 360

Luxembourg faces a shortage of skilled workers in 24 job segments

1 Mins read
Luxembourg faces a shortage of skilled workers in 24 job segments Luxembourg is facing a significant shortage of suitable candidates in 24…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *