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Schengen visa: Germany relaxes Schengen visa appointment rules for Indians

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Germany has relaxed rules for Indian tourists who want to apply for a visa, centralising visa processing at its centre in Mumbai.

According to the German Missions in India, visa appointments can be booked in all Visa Application Centres all over the country run by VFS global, regardless of the applicants’ place of residence.

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“If the Application Centre closest to your home town is already fully booked, please feel free to check for available appointment slots in one of the other major Indian cities,” the German embassy said in a statement.

The relaxation, however, does not apply to applications for national visas (D-visa category) such as student, employment or family reunion visas, the embassy stated.
A Schengen visa application form may be submitted three months prior to the intended travel date. It permits holders to travel to any member state of the Schengen area for stays of up to 90 days within a period of 180 days for tourism as well as business purposes.

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The German Schengen Visa costs 80 euros (Rs 6,700) for adults and 40 euros for minors, while work permits (or visas) cost 75 eoros.

Visa fee is waived for children under six years of age. Earlier this year, the German National Tourist Office (GNTO) observed a 214 per cent year on year increase in Indian tourists arriving in Germany.

It said that the country accounted for 9 per cent of European trips of Indians, adding that 55 per cent of Indians visit Germany for leisure while 38 per cent travel for business.

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