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Cancelled your Europe Holiday due to Coronavirus? Here is how you can get a Schengen Visa Extension

Did you have to cancel that Euro trip of yours due to the deadly virus? Well, we understand your pain and for the same reason, we’ve gathered all the details that you need to know to get a Schengen Visa Extension.

Here’s what you need to know about Schengen Visa and its Extension

What is Schengen Visa?

A Schengen visa is mandatory for travelling to any of the Schengen regions for a short period of up to 90 days. These regions refer to the EU passport-free zones which usually comprise of most, if not all, European countries. The Schengen zone includes countries like Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein and they all can be a part of your itinerary too! Unless your visit includes studying, working or staying in Europe, having a Schengen Visa does the task. 

Visa Extension

Many people visiting the Schengen regions or planning a trip to any of these regions are unaware of the fact that Schengen Visa can be extended. Getting a Schengen Visa extended isn’t a casual task but the same can be easily achieved per legitimate reasons, of course! In view of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic, several vacations and trips have been cancelled by people. Restrictions to travelling around have also been imposed by governments in the public interest. The silver lining of this dark cloud, however, is that one can rightfully apply for an extension of their Schengen Visa as per one of the accepted reasons for Extension. Read on to find out about the different reasons under which extension is possible.

Reasons for Extension

  1. Late Entry: For some reasons, if your entry to the Schengen area is delayed, then you may extend your visa for the same duration. This reason is acceptable only in cases where you have already applied for a single-entry short-stay visa. Another catch here is that your entry and stay in the Schengen Area must be during the visa validity period.
  2. Force Majeure: This reason fits aptly in cases of unfortunate events in your home country during your stay in the Schengen Area. The events may include war, conflict, riots or natural disasters etc. The duration of your Visa Extension will depend on the nature of events in your country. Depending on when it’s safe for you to go back, you may also apply for another extension.
  3. Humanitarian Reasons: You can rightfully apply for a Schengen Visa Extension in circumstances of hardship. Incidents like the funeral of a family member, undertaking a medical treatment or providing support to someone close suffering from sorrow are included.
  4. Critical Personal Circumstances: This isn’t a sure-shot method. However, if you are left with any unfinished business in the Schengen Area or have an unplanned marriage to attend to, then you can apply for an extension. It is upon the Immigration Authorities to decide if you’re fit to be granted the extension or not.

Here’s how you can extend your Schengen Visa

Let’s take a look at a brief overview of the Schengen Visa Extension process. The order of events is as follows:

  1. Defining the right reason for the extension
  2. Gathering the required documents
  3. Applying for the visa and paying a fee, if required
  4. Attending an interview, if needed
  5. Waiting for approval

When and where to apply for the Visa Extension?

You must keep in mind that applying for a Schengen Visa is not possible even after a single day of the visa expiration. You should thus apply for the extension before your visa expires, else you can also be deported for overstaying your visa.

The visa extension can be applied with the help of the Immigration Authorities of the country in which you’re physically located. Also, you must keep in mind the fact that your presence in that country is mandated until the time your visa is extended. The whole process might take somewhere between a few days to up to a month depending on the authorities.

Which documents to carry for your extension process?

The documents to be submitted during the extension process are similar to the ones provided during your initial Schengen Visa application. The list is as below:

  1. Passport: This must include your currently applied Schengen Visa
  2. Application form: For short-stay Schengen extension
  3. One photo: As per the required criteria
  4. Financial Proof: To prove that you will be able to sustain financially during your stay in the Schengen Area
  5. Schengen Visa Insurance: Covering the extension duration

After collection of all the documents, you may or may not have to sit through an interview appointment, depending on the country’s laws from where you applied.

How much to shell to get your Visa extended?

First Extensions due to Humanitarian reasons or Force Majeure do not require you to pay anything. However, if the reason for your first extension is Personal or Late Entry, then a fee of €30 (₹2445.90) is levied. 

Any extensions after the first extension impose a fee of €30 (₹2445.90) for minors and €60 (₹4891.80) for adults, irrespective of the reason.

So, now that you know that you can get your Schengen Visa extended, you can plan your cancelled trip to Europe again!