UPDATE: EU Visa Fee Surges For Nigerians, Other African Nationals

UPDATE: EU Visa Fee Surges For Nigerians, Other African Nationals

by Victor Ndubuisi

The cost of a Schengen visa has increased to £90 from £80, meaning that Nigerians and other African nationals who want to enter the EU will need to pay an additional £10.

This is in line with the most recent information that Schengen visa statistics made public over the weekend.

Nigerians and other African nationals will have to pay £90 for the visa application cost as of June 11, 2024, according to the EU Commission.

The data indicates that 704,000 African citizens had their visa application denied in 2023.

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This indicates that just last year, African Nationals paid €56.3 million on visa applications.

“This means that €56.3m went up in smoke, considering that visa application fees are not refundable,” it stated.

The report showed that 636 applications representing, 34.80 percent from Nigeria were rejected out of 1,825.

The implication is that EU countries got €3.4m from rejected Schengen visa applications submitted by Nigerian citizens.

Meanwhile, Morocco has the highest number of Schengen Visa Applications in the year under review.

According to the study, 636 out of 1,825 applications—or 34.80% of those from Nigeria—were denied.

It might be inferred that the European Union received €3.4 million from the refusal of Nigerian nationals’ Schengen visa applications.


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In the meantime, Morocco has submitted the most applications for Schengen visas for the year in question.

“African nationals spent €56.3m in visa application fees in 2023, representing 43 percent of all expenses; rejection rates in 2023 were especially high for African and Asian countries, which bear 90 percent of all expenses. Expenditures are to increase by 12.5 percent starting next week as the EU raises visa fees for adults from €80 to €90 on 11 June, following a recent decision by the EU Commission,” it added.



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