Visa Code

 

SUMMARY OF:

Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 establishing the EU’s Visa Code

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE REGULATION?

KEY POINTS

Procedures and conditions for issuing visas

The EU country that is the sole or the main destination of the visit is responsible for examining the visa application. If the main destination cannot be determined, it becomes the responsibility of the country of first entry into the Schengen area.

Applications

A uniform visa (valid for the whole Schengen area) may be for multiple entries with a maximum validity of 5 years.

A visa with limited territorial validity (limited to particular EU countries) may exceptionally be issued in cases, where the applicant does not fulfil all the entry conditions, on humanitarian grounds, for reasons of national interest or because of international obligations as well as in situations where other Schengen countries consulted object to the issuing of a visa.

Admissibility

After verifying whether the application is admissible (i.e. submitted following the rules), the competent authority must:

If the application is inadmissible, the authority must:

Airport transit visas

Multiple-entry visas

Multiple-entry visas with long validity may be issued for 1, 2 or multiple entries. The Visa Code sets out rules on the issuing of multiple entry visas with a progressively longer length of validity:

Airport transit visas and visas limited to particular countries are not taken into account when taking decisions on the issuing of multiple-entry visas with a long validity.

Visas issued at the external borders

Exceptionally, a visa application for a maximum stay of 15 days, or to cover the time needed for transit, may be applied for at the external border of the Schengen country of destination.

Decisions on visa applications

Cooperation on readmission

Amendments and repeals

FROM WHEN DOES THE REGULATION APPLY?

It has applied since 5 April 2010.

BACKGROUND

See also:

MAIN DOCUMENT

Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code) (OJ L 243, 15.9.2009, pp. 1-58)

Successive amendments to Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 have been incorporated into the original text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Regulation (EU) 2018/1860 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 November 2018 on the use of the Schengen Information System for the return of illegally staying third-country nationals (OJ L 312, 7.12.2018, pp. 1-13)

Regulation (EU) 2018/1861 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 November 2018 on the establishment, operation and use of the Schengen Information System (SIS) in the field of border checks, and amending the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement, and amending and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1987/2006 (OJ L 312, 7.12.2018, pp. 14-55)

See consolidated version.

Regulation (EU) 2018/1806 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 November 2018 listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement (OJ L 303, 28.11.2018, pp. 39-58)

Regulation (EU) 2018/1240 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 September 2018 establishing a European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) and amending Regulations (EU) No 1077/2011, (EU) No 515/2014, (EU) 2016/399, (EU) 2016/1624 and (EU) 2017/2226 (OJ L 236, 19.9.2018, pp. 1-71)

See consolidated version.

Regulation (EU) 2016/1953 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 October 2016 on the establishment of a European travel document for the return of illegally staying third-country nationals, and repealing the Council Recommendation of 30 November 1994 (OJ L 311, 17.11.2016, pp. 13-19)

Regulation (EU) 2016/399 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on a Union Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code) (OJ L 77, 23.3.2016, pp. 1-52)

See consolidated version.

Regulation (EC) No 767/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 July 2008 concerning the Visa Information System (VIS) and the exchange of data between Member States on short-stay visas (VIS Regulation) (OJ L 218, 13.8.2008, pp. 60-81)

See consolidated version.

Regulation (EC) No 1987/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 December 2006 on the establishment, operation and use of the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II) (OJ L 381, 28.12.2006, pp. 4-23)

See consolidated version.

last update 02.07.2020