Top Ten Schen­gen Coun­tries Re­ceiv­ing the Most Short- stay Visa Ap­pli­ca­tions in 2017

Many of us need to ap­ply for Schen­gen visas when tak­ing our fam­i­lies on hol­i­day in Europe. Here is some in­for­ma­tion you may find use­ful when mak­ing your ap­pli­ca­tion.

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For yet another year, France tops the table for hav­ing re­ceived more ap­pli­ca­tions for short-term visas than any other Schen­gen coun­try, ac­cord­ing to the Schen­gen Visa statis­tics for con­sulates in 2017, pub­lished by the Mi­gra­tion and Home Af­fairs of the European Com­mis­sion.

In all 418,485 more peo­ple ap­plied for a Schen­gen short-term visa to France last year com­pared to 2016 when France con­sulates around the world re­ceived 3,265,919 visa ap­pli­ca­tions.

Out of the over­all short-term visa ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived, France is­sued 3,161,274 visas, 965,661 of which were mul­ti­ple-en­try short-term visas.

Ger­many fol­lows France as the sec­ond on the list, hav­ing ap­proved 1,857,770 visas out of the 2,049,055 visa ap­pli­ca­tions its con­sulates around the world re­ceived, and Italy is listed as the third with 1,703,693 visas is­sued out of 1,850,260 ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived. Both coun­tries were in the same po­si­tions in 2016. Spain re­mains the fourth on the list once again with 40,428 more ap­pli­ca­tions than the pre­vi­ous year, with 615,897 visas is­sued among oth­ers.

The six other coun­tries out of the top ten that re­ceived most ap­pli­ca­tions:

• Greece – 981,091 visas is­sued out of 1,029,564 ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived

• Fin­land – 814,047 visas is­sued out of 827,520 ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived

• Poland – 789,343 visas is­sued out of 823,101 ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived

• Czech Repub­lic – 594,225 visas is­sued out of 623,255 ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived

• Netherlands – 550,910 visas is­sued out of 621,431 ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived

• Switzer­land – 451,528 visas is­sued out of 517,010 ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived SCHEN­GEN COUN­TRIES WITH MOST MEVs IS­SUED

How­ever, statis­tics change when it comes to the num­ber of mul­ti­ple-en­try visas (MEVs) is­sued. The table is topped by Ger­many, fol­lowed by Italy hav­ing is­sued most visas of this type, leav­ing France in the third po­si­tion, just above Greece, Fin­land and Spain. A to­tal of 8,677,376 mul­ti­ple-en­try visas were is­sued within 2017, with Ice­land at the bot­tom of the table hav­ing is­sued only 5,082 mul­ti­ple-en­try uni­form visas.

The num­bers for the five coun­tries that is­sued most mul­ti­ple-en­try visas are:

• Ger­many 1,525,361

• Italy 1,229,938

• France 965,661

• Greece 776,529

• Fin­land 729,559

GER­MANY AND SWITZER­LAND IS­SUED THE MOST LTV VISAS IN 2017 As for Lim­ited Ter­ri­to­rial Va­lid­ity visa ap­pli­ca­tions, Ger­many and Switzer­land once again topped the table in this re­gard, with the first is­su­ing 34,892 visas of this type and the lat­ter is­su­ing 28,018. On the other hand, while France is­sued 4,190 LTV visas in 2017, the num­bers low­ered in 2017, with around 600 less LTV visas is­sued. Ger­many and Switzer­land are fol­lowed by coun­tries which is­sued way less Lim­ited Ter­ri­to­rial Va­lid­ity visas as fol­lows:

• Greece 8504 LTV visas is­sued

• Aus­tria 5419 LTV visas is­sued

• Swe­den 5177 LTV visas is­sued

• Italy 4,845 LTV visas is­sued

• Spain 4,338 LTV visas is­sued

• France 3,477 LTV visas is­sued

• Slove­nia 3,285 LTV visas is­sued

• Nor­way 2,844 LTV visas is­sued

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